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Recycling benefits everyone
Keep Liberty County Beautiful
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We Americans can be pretty trashy. Although we only represent five percent of the world’s population, we generate more than 30 percent of the garbage in the world (National Recycling Coalition).  So it seems only fitting we should be seeking any option, such as recycling, that would divert as much waste as possible from landfills.  
This past weekend, many of you once again made the effort to do so by bringing items for reuse and recycling to the second Recycle It! Fair and Scrap Tire Roundup. We diverted another six tons of household hazardous waste items that should never be included in regular garbage from ending up in landfills. That means nearly 30 tons of hazardous waste have been reused or sent for recycling at collection events since January. Great job, Liberty County!  

Recycling benefits all of us.
* Recycling saves energy. For example, it takes 20 times more energy to make aluminum from bauxite ore than from recycled aluminum. Recycled glass melts at a much lower temperature in the production process than “virgin” products, consequently, generating energy savings.
* Recycling saves natural resources and helps to protect the environment. Using recycled material slows the depletion of nonrenewable resources such as metal ores, oil, and natural gas. This reduces the encroachment of new mining and drilling operations on sensitive lands. By the way, are you concerned about our dependence on foreign oil? Consider this: recycling a ton of plastic saves the energy equivalent of up to two thousand gallons of gasoline (Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
* Recycling reduces pollution. More than 200 million gallons of used oil are improperly disposed of each year (EPA).  This used motor oil often ends up in our waterways, severely affecting our water quality. Properly recycled motor oil from one oil change protects a million gallons of drinking water. That is a year’s supply of safe water for 50 people (American Petroleum Institute).
* Recycling provides raw materials for industry. Georgia is home to the nation’s largest user of recycled PET 1 plastics (water and soda bottles). About 3,500 20 oz. drink bottles can be used to produce carpeting for three large living rooms. Five two-liter bottles yield enough fiber for an extra large T-shirt.
* Recycling creates jobs. Georgia has numerous industries that need recycled materials for production. By increasing the recycling collection in our state, we can also boost the Georgia business economy. Yes, it does help all of us — not just those businesses. When business is booming, more jobs are created and that is good for all of us.

Appreciation extended
Thank you again for your efforts. Diverting these hazardous waste items — electronics, cell phones, batteries, auto fluids, tires, paint, etc. — for recycling, we are also protecting our land and waters from toxins from these items when they are disposed of improperly. Thanks also to our Fair partners, Coastal Auto and Recycling, Goodwill Industries, and Liberty County Solid Waste Department, for making this collection process possible. We plan on hosting another Recycle It! Fair in November. So make a note on your calendar. Recycling is the right thing to do for all of us.
For more information on Keep Liberty County Beautiful programs, contact me at 368-4888 or klcb@coastalnow.net
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