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Recycling is not a new idea
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Recycling is an idea that has been around in America since colonial days. In the early days in America, goods and items like machines and tools were very limited.
People reused every household item they could — clothes, household tools and even string. During World War II, many things, like tin cans, rakes, cars, rubber, cooking grease and scrap metal, were recycled into new items to help the war effort.
In the early 1970s, concern for the environment prompted the start of the current recycling programs in many communities. At first, the number of items collected was small. Often, in the beginning, the success of these programs was solely determined by the price received for the objects collected. At that time, landfill costs were generally low and the potential environmental impact was not discussed. Programs were closed if they were deemed too costly.
The late 1980s brought a growing national concern about the volume of solid waste being generated and the consequent environmental impact. This created a renewed interest in recycling.
Recycling saves limited landfill space and natural resources. It also reduces the amount of toxins in our soil and waters from household hazardous wastes disposed in landfills.
Next week we will have two opportunities for recycling tires and household items that should not be disposed of in your regular garbage. We will hold another scrap tire roundup for three days. In the roundup we held in May, we collected close to 12 tons for processing. We need your help to round up as many as possible this time, too.  
We are able to offer this opportunity again through the use of grant funds from the Department of Natural Resources that will cover the costly expenses of transporting and processing these tires. So, let’s take advantage of these state funds by ridding our community of as many old tires as possible.
Because of this grant, we are able to accept these tires “fee free” from residents. We are not able to accept any tires from commercial sources. Commercial businesses can turn in tires for a fee with the Liberty County Solid Waste Department.
Anyone bringing in tires should do so in a vehicle with a Liberty County tag. Tires can be brought in on Aug. 23-24 between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the Liberty County Transfer Station. The station is off Highway 196 East at 625 Rogers Pasture Road. Tires can also be delivered on Aug. 25 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the old hospital site on Highway 84 and Frasier Drive in Hinesville.
In conjunction with the Tire Roundup on Aug. 25, we will have another Recycle It! Fair at the old hospital. At this fair, the focus will be on common, hazardous household waste that has a negative impact on our environment when disposed of improperly.
In the spring we collected over 11.5 tons of electronics and other hazardous waste materials but we believe there are still many more items out there in Liberty County households just waiting to be recycled.
We will be collecting these items:
cell phones and accessories
printer ink cartridges
household paint (sorry, no rusted cans will be accepted)
old telephone books
old appliances
used automotive fluids — motor oil, transmission, antifreeze
car batteries
tires (remember: no commercial and you must be a Liberty County resident)
So this weekend, clean out your closets, junk drawers, storage rooms, and garages, so you can bring all those items to recycle next week at the Tire Roundup and Recycle It! Fair. We can all make a difference where we live.  
For more information on Keep Liberty County Beautiful programs, contact me at 368-4888 or
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