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Recycle It! Fair slated for Saturday
Keep Liberty County Beautiful
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It is always great to have good partners on projects. With the Recycle it! Fairs and Old Tire Roundups, we have been particularly fortunate to have had some enthusiastic partners.
The second quarter Recycle It! Fair is set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and will specifically focus on collecting common household items that should not be thrown away as garbage in your regular trash.
By rounding up these items and turning them in, we can make sure they are recycled or reused. That benefits all of us by reducing the amount of toxins going into landfills and the amount of waste in limited landfill space, and by saving natural resources. Participating is a “win-win” situation for everyone. But it gets even better. Some of the items collected, such as ink cartridges, cell phones and paint, will be recycled or re-used by service organizations — the Kiwanis Club, United Way, and the Habitat for Humanity store (in Statesboro). Another selling point for participating: it is an opportunity to clean out your storage drawers, closets, and storage rooms to make room for more stuff!
Our partners for the event are Coastal Auto and Recycling, Liberty County Solid Waste Authority and Goodwill Industries.  Goodwill will again collect any electronics for recycling. Any hard drives of computers turned in will be cleaned for security purposes. Goodwill will also accept furniture and household items that are in good condition.
The Solid Waste Authority will collect old tires from county residents at no charge. This is being funded through a state grant, so take advantage of this opportunity while it lasts. We may not be able to access these funds again for another two years, so bring those tires in. Of course, we can only accept residential — not commercial — tires.
Coastal Auto and Recycling will again accept used auto fluids, such as motor oil, transmission fluid and antifreeze, as well as car batteries and old appliances. Please take advantage of this opportunity to rid your home and yard of household items and tires that create toxins in our environment when disposed of improperly.
I recently went to the new recycling center location for Coastal Auto on Highway 84 at the county line. It is amazing! The response they have gotten from the community is also amazing. One of the owners, Gary Gibbs, showed me the mountains of scrap metal, appliances and cars folks have already brought in. Coastal accepts junk cars — operating and non-operating. The prices they pay for scrap metal and parts vary, but this is a great chance to pick up a little cash for cars and appliances and other metal that may just be sitting around your yard. They can actually arrange for pick up of non-operating cars, if needed. For more information about what items they accept for recycling, call 610-2662.
Another wonderful opportunity for disposing of cars is to donate them to the Georgia Kidney Foundation. This a worthy organization that will benefit from all cars donated. This is their major annual fundraiser. If you have ever had family members with kidney disease, you know how important this is. The foundation is in a fundraising drive through Sept. 30. They will provide a wrecker for pick up of any vehicles donated. This would be a tax deductible donation. For more information, call Maureen Mobley at 876-4147.
Of course, removing junk vehicle would be great just to get them out of your yard and make your neighborhood more attractive. One of the negatives frequently mentioned about our county is the large number of dilapidated trailers and cars that are quite noticeable from our roads. It is really not a good selling point when potential industries with good jobs come to look at our community. So let’s get these items cleaned up. Make a little cash or do something good for a worthy organization.

Upcoming KLCB events
* Friday (7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) Old Tire Roundup at the Liberty County transfer station at 625 Rogers Pasture Road Note: No commercial items accepted and Liberty County residents only may participate.
* Saturday (9 a.m.-1 p.m.) Recycle It! Fair and Old Tire Roundup at the old hospital site on Highway 84 and Frasier Drive

Items that will be accepted for recycling
Scrap tires: County residents only and no commercial will be accepted
Household hazardous waste: household batteries, cell phones and accessories, printer ink cartridges, household paint (sorry, no rusted cans will be accepted), old telephone books, old appliances, electronics, used automotive fluids — motor oil, transmission, antifreeze — and car batteries
For more information on Keep Liberty County Beautiful programs, contact me at 368-4888 or
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