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Jackson, Hall counties promoting recycling through weekend events

POSTED: April 2, 2009 11:34 p.m.
SCOTT ROGERS/The Times

Hall County Officer Dave Hirneisen tosses a keyboard into a bin full of computer equipment set for recycling Thursday afternoon at the Hall County Recycling Center.

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If you’ve been meaning to do something with that stack of old receipts that you have piled on your desk or those partial cans of paint left over from a two-year old home improvement project, you may get your chance on Saturday.

The Keep Jackson County Beautiful organization will be sponsoring a "clean out your files/household hazardous waste" day from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. this weekend at the Jackson County Landfill.

"This is the third time that we’ve had this event," said Susan Trepagnier. "We allow others to bring things in too, but this is mostly for Jackson County residents."

In addition to hazardous materials like latex paint, light bulbs and batteries, individuals will also be able to dispose of old electronics, which can turn into hazardous materials in landfills.

According to Keep Jackson County Beautiful officials, "Electronics account for 5 percent of landfill volume, but contribute 70 percent of the toxins found in the landfills."

Some of the materials that can leach into the soil from electronics that haven’t been properly disposed of include lead, mercury and arsenic.

Some of the electronic items that will be accepted on Saturday include cell phones, computer monitors, modems, fax machines, VCRs and record players. Televisions will also be accepted for a $10 fee.

In addition to electronics and hazardous household materials, residents are also allowed to bring an unlimited amount of the traditional recyclable materials like newspapers, plastic bottles and aluminum cans.

Individuals can also bring in up to five boxes of personal correspondence and other file materials that they would like to have shredded.

Saturday’s event is the kick off for the Great American Clean-Up, which runs throughout the month of April. During April, Keep Jackson County Beautiful officials are encouraging residents to register for a clean-up and beautification day.

Also on Saturday, Keep Hall Beautiful and Hall County Resource Recovery representatives will be at the Best Buy store in Gainesville to promote recycling. Best Buy accepts daily drop-offs of most types of household electronics at no charge, but there’s a $10 fee for TVs and computer screens.

The Hall County Recycling Center also takes old electronics anytime during business hours, but does not accept TVs.



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