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Recycle It! Fair debuts May 19
Keep Liberty County Beautiful
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A fun event in this year’s Great American Cleanup will debut May 19.
Whether you are already an avid recycler or just curious about what recycling is all about, I hope you will mark your calendar to drop by the old hospital site on Highway 84 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. to see how many service organizations in Liberty County recycle to make a difference in our community.  
A number of local civic clubs, youth groups and service organizations accept donations of common items to recycle — or redistribute — to either raise money for local service projects or to share those items with local families in need.  
Keep Liberty County Beautiful is happy to host this free event to showcase the projects of these worthy organizations. It is a win-win situation for our community to help collect such items as aluminum cans, plastic soda and water bottles, printer ink cartridges, electronics, cell phones, athletic shoes and even junk cars. By collecting items for groups like United Way, the Kiwanis Club, the Hinesville Fire Department, Young Adult Liberty Leaders — to name a few — we help them develop funding for community service projects.
Recycling really is a continuous cycle of benefits. The efforts also reduce the amount of waste in our landfills as well.
Some of the organizations, such as the Manna House, can use donations of canned goods and nonperishable food items to keep their shelves stocked for families in need or in crisis situations.
Goodwill Industries will also collect clothing, furniture and household goods — in good condition, of course — to help families.
We will also accept cans of paint that are in good condition for the Habitat for Humanity Store in Statesboro. This store is open each week for a few hours for area citizens to “shop” for building materials and items like paint. Proceeds are used for Habitat projects.
As you can see, there are many worthy causes that need your help. Please start collecting these items now to drop by on the 19th and do your part to help our community.
In partnership with the Liberty County Solid Waste Department, we will also have drop-off sites at the fair for some of those items that should never go in our landfills — scrap tires, used motor oil, used antifreeze, old household batteries, car batteries.  
What a great time to clean out storage rooms and closets around your home to help our community. We will not accept tires from commercial operations. This event is for non- commercial Liberty County residents only.
  We will share additional information about items being accepted and how to prep them for these groups in the Coastal Courier each week.
If you are involved with a local community, church or youth organization that accepts items to recycle as a fundraising or service project and would like to participate in the fair, please call me at 368-4888.
We will share information on recycling and hand out bookmarks, stickers, etc. for children and families who drop by. Some local folks will also be sharing tried-and-true ideas for reusing and recycling items around the home and garden as well as crafting with recycled items. If you have some craft or home-use ideas to share, please call me.
Reminders about upcoming events with the Great American Cleanup:
• May 12 (9 a.m.-noon): Fix It Up and Clean It Up at Martha Randolph Stevens Park. Lunch and drinks provided. Call Alonzo Bryant at 884-5779.
• May 17-19: Old Tire Roundup in Liberty County. Noncommercial and Liberty County Residents only may participate. Tires may be delivered May 17-18 to the Liberty County Transfer Station at 625 Rogers Pasture Road between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Tires may be delivered on May 19 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. to the old hospital site on Highway 84 in Hinesville. No commercial customers. For information, call 368-4888 or 884-5353.
• May 19 (10 a.m.-2 p.m.): Recycle It! Fair at the old hospital site on Highway 84. Help local service organizations and nonprofits collect items for recycling: old athletic shoes, plastic water and soda bottles, cell phones, aluminum cans, old paint, household batteries, car batteries, used antifreeze and motor oil, telephone books, electronics,  scrap tires (no commercial will be accepted) — even old cars. Any nonprofit groups wishing to participate should call KLCB at 368-4888.
• This month: Cleanups and projects in Riceboro, Walthourville, Lake George and more. To help in these areas, call me.
• Through May 31: Young Adult Liberty Leaders and local schools are spearheading a recycling collection for plastic bottles (soda and water type bottles) with the Students for Recycling national project. Please help these young leaders as they lead this drive for our community. Midway Middle School Builders Club is collecting athletic shoes for  recycling through the Nike Grind project. So start gathering those shoes because all parts of these them can be recycled!  
For more information, call me at 368-4888 or email
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