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Residents ditch junk for recycling effort
Eric Merriweather, right, and Prentice Howard of Creative Recycling take computer monitors Saturday morning at the Hall County Farmers Market as a steady stream of Hall County residents dropped off their recyclables for America Recycles Day.

A steady stream of folks turned out Saturday to dump their junk.

But this junk — including a lot of electronics — will be recycled or repurposed. It was all a part of local efforts to get people to draw attention to recycling on America Recycles Day.

The county’s 13 compactor sites do take recyclables, but mainly items such as newspaper, glass, some plastics and aluminum and tin cans. The curbside service offered in Gainesville accepts the same types of materials.

Saturday’s event, held at the Hall County Farmers Market, meant people could drop off just about anything — not household hazardous waste such as paint and pesticides — without paying a fee, except for $10 for dropping off a television.

There even was a mobile shredding truck to shred sensitive documents; that paper also will be recycled.

Plans are to refurbish any old bicycles, furniture, eyeglasses and other usable items that were cast off. And, of course, to recycle other materials.

Don’t worry if you have recycled electronics and couldn’t make it to Saturday’s event. In addition to taking many other materials, the Hall County Recycling Center at 1008 Chestnut St. in Gainesville takes outdated electronics — except TVs and cell phones — during regular business hours.

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