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County expands recycling options
Plan is to cut down on materials going to landfill
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Nick Scheman puts glass bottles into the recycling bin at the Sardis compactor site. Starting Saturday, visitors to the Sardis and Flowery Branch sites can recycle glass, cans and plastics without separating them, and all sites will offer paper and cardboard recycling. - photo by Tom Reed

Starting Saturday, Hall County residents can recycle mixed paper and cardboard at all 12 compactor sites.

“This added convenience is expected to exponentially increase the amount of recycling in Hall County, which will extend the life of the landfill,” said Rick Foote, natural resources coordinator.

Previously, only newspaper and corrugated cardboard could be recycled at compactor sites. Other paper and cardboard had to be recycled at the Hall County Recycling Center at 1008 Chestnut St. SE in Gainesville.

A pilot study at Flowery Branch and Sardis compactor sites also starts Saturday. Cans, glass and No. 1-7 plastics can be recycled together. Currently, cans, glass and some plastics can be recycled at all compactor sites but must be separated. If the single stream recycling proves successful, it could be implemented countywide.

Also on Saturday, Hall County Resource Recovery and Keep Hall Beautiful will be collecting recyclables from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hall County Farmers Market at East Crescent Drive and Jesse Jewell Parkway near Interstate 985 Exit 24.
Items accepted include electronics, though there is a $10 fee for televisions, home thermostats and mercury thermometers.

Document shredding also is available for residents, with a four box limit per household.

The county also has added paint recycling at the Hall County Landfill at 1700 Oak Brook Drive in Gainesville.

Residents and business can dispose of latex, oil and solvent-based paint for a fee.

5-gallon bucket: $25

1-gallon can: $5

Quart: $1.25

Pint: $1

Spray paint: $2

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