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Electronic recycling event set for Saturday
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Keep Dawson County Beautiful volunteers collected several thousand pounds of electronics during last years electronic recycling event. - photo by File photo

Keep Dawson County Beautiful's annual electronics recycling event is this weekend.

Volunteers will be in the Dawsonville Walmart parking lot from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday to help unload personal computers, printers, monitors, stereo equipment, radios, telephones, circuit boards and fax machines, among other items.

Last year, the group set a record by collecting 6,450 pounds of used electronics that were stripped down and recycled.

"This progress brings our community one step closer to a cleaner environment for our children," said Karen Armstrong, the volunteer group's chairwoman.

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."

Keep Dawson County Beautiful Executive Director Kristi Hudson said the event is an excellent opportunity to discard electronics in a safe and efficient manner.

"Hard drives are destroyed and shredded at the warehouse. You can rest easy knowing that your business and personal information will be securely and permanently removed from your hard drive," she said.

A $20 removal fee applies for televisions. No console TVs will be accepted. There is also a $5 fee for computer monitors.

For more information, call (678) 943-0516.