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Electronics recycling event is set for Saturday
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Wives, are you tired of your husband using his old college television as a bedside table? Then take it to the Hall County Farmer’s Market on Saturday.

County residents can take old electronics and other items they cannot normally recycle at local recycling centers to the Hall County Farmer’s Market at Jesse Jewell Parkway’s intersection with Interstate 985 Saturday, said Keep Hall Beautiful Executive Director Cindy Reed.

Along with electronics, residents can drop off compact fluorescent light bulbs, eye glasses, mercury thermometers and shoes, Reed said. There will also be an
opportunity for residents to have sensitive documents shredded.

"If people want to bring sensitive documents, then they’ll be shredded right in front of them," Reed said.

Saturday’s event, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., will be Keep Hall Beautiful’s commemoration of America Recycles Day on Nov. 15.

In its 12th year now, America Recycles Day is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to encouraging Americans to recycle and to buy recycled products, according to the America Recycles Day Web site.

"It’s just going to be recycle to your heart’s content," Reed said.

Although it is not always possible at the county’s various compactor sites, recycling fluorescent light bulbs keeps mercury out of the Hall County landfill, said Reed.

"You really don’t want that in there," Reed said. "So that’s removed and disposed of safely, and then the glass can just be, you know, melted down and made into new glass."

All electronics, like radios, printers, computers and microwaves, can be dropped off at the Farmer’s Market for free Saturday, but there will be a $10 charge for televisions, Reed said.

"Those are sent to actually a company called Creative Recycling ... and they take everything apart, they recycle what they can and about 95, 96 percent of everything that’s taken in can be recycled," Reed said. "The reason there’s a charge for televisions is because there’s lead in the glass of a television that has to be removed and that’s a very costly process before the glass can be recycled."

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