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Group sets recycling record

POSTED: April 30, 2014 4:00 a.m.
Michele Hester Dawson Community News/

Keep Dawson County Beautiful volunteers and local Boy Scouts collected several thousand pounds of electronics April 19 that will be recycled.

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Keep Dawson County Beautiful set a new record during its recent electronic recycling effort.

On April 19, the group collected 6,450 pounds of used electronics, ranging from phones and TVs to computers and monitors, that will be stripped down and recycled.

"This is our best total ever," said organizer Karen Armstrong.

Among the items collected by volunteers including several local Boy Scouts were 19 TVs, 90 PCs and laptops and 27 monitors.

The material was processed and sent on to an appropriate recycling end-market by Atlanta Recycling Solutions to be manufactured into recycled content products.

Keep Dawson County Beautiful, an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and Keep Georgia Beautiful, has recycled more than 40,000 pounds of electronics in recent years.

The organization's mission is to "encourage citizens to take greater responsibility in the beautification of Dawson County."

In an effort to decrease the number of scrap tires in the area, the group's next community recycling event is from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. May 10 when Dawson County residents will be able to drop off used tires at the Dawson County Transfer Station, located at 946 Burt Creek Road.

The service is free and allows each household to dispose of up to 10 clean passenger car or light truck size tires. No tires with mud, dirt, debris or rims attached will be accepted.

The service is not available for tire retailers or wholesalers.

For more information on Tire Amnesty Day, call KDCB Executive Director Kristi Hudson at (706) 344-3501.

 

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