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Recycling: A guilt-free addiction
Keep Liberty County Beautiful
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Recycling becomes a little addictive. For most of us, we usually start recycling one or two items. I started out recycling water bottles and aluminum soda cans. It was simple enough. Then I decided to start using reusable drink containers to reduce the number of throw-away containers that I was using. I then moved on to recycling milk containers and “tin” cans … and then paper … and magazines (another unfortunate addiction that I have). Then, with each closet and cabinet clean out, I agonized over throwing out things I no longer needed — leftover paint, old cell phones, etc. I think you probably get the idea. The hunger for recycling just grows and grows.
The learning curve with the “reduce, reuse, recycle” idea is that if you think about it, most items do not have to go into the trash. If you try — or if you are addicted — you can come up with an opportunity to recycle or reuse. Then you start to think, “is this something I don’t have to use and then toss? Can I perform the same task or activity with a reusable item?”
I think this addiction happens to many of us who start down the recycling path. Is there a cure? No, thank goodness! I think that once a recycler is born or evolved, there is no turning back. So, to help feed that hunger in many of you, we are holding a Recycle It! Fair around the county from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21.  
With the help of local volunteer fire departments, there will be drop-off sites at the old hospital in Hinesville on Highway 84 and throughout the county at each volunteer fire department. KLCB appreciates the hardworking firefighters who are helping with this effort. Thank you to all of you for being so community-minded.
We will be accepting a variety of items at the Recycle It! Fair, including:
• Televisions
• Electronics: computers, stereos and accessories
• Cell phones and accessories
• Printer ink cartridges
• Household batteries
• Old fluorescent lights
• Telephone books
• Clothing and other household items (in good condition)
• Car batteries
• Household paint (must be in clean, non-rusted cans or we cannot accept it)
• Automotive fluids (we can only accept these at the Hinesville site on Highway 84)
Recycling saves limited landfill space and also reduces the natural resources needed for new products. Often, the production process for new items from recycled materials saves times, money and energy. Now, that’s a bargain. Recycling the types of items collected during Recycle It! Fairs reduces the amount of toxins in our soil and waters. Electronic items account for 60-70 percent of toxins in landfills.
Also, please don’t be like that darling person who simply dumped their old television in the parking lot across from the Health Department the other day. Although there is very little that is honestly reusable for recycling in old televisions, by turning them in at these fairs, we can make sure that they are disposed of properly.
Please plan now to feed that need to recycle. Start rounding up your items for the recycling fair. For more information, call 368-4888 or e-mail klcb@libertycountyga.com .
Upcoming Keep Liberty Beautiful events:
• Through Feb. 15, telephone book recycling. Several drop-off locations for phone books and large catalogs are available around the county. For more information, contact Keep Liberty County Beautiful at 368-4888 or klcb@libertycountyga.com.
• Through Feb. 11, live oak photo competition and exhibit. Entry information is available at www.melonbluff.com and www.hinesvillearts.com as well as the Coastal Courier’s Web site. All entries must be delivered during Feb.6-11.
• Feb. 16-20, community tree planting. Sign up your business, group or agency to help plant trees in celebration of Georgia Arbor Day. Trees can be planted in honor or in memory of someone special. To reserve your tree(s), call 368-4888 or 368-4445.
• Feb. 21: Recycle it! Fair for recycling household hazardous items.

Swida is the executive director of Keep Liberty County Beautiful. For more information, contact her at 368-4888 or klcb@libertycountyga.com.
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