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Group collects tons of old electronics
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Boy Scout Chase Roland carries a computer tower that was donated to be recycled Saturday during Keep Dawson County Beautifuls annual electronic recycling drive. - photo by Michele Hester Dawson County News

Volunteers with Keep Dawson County Beautiful want to make sure outdated electronics stay out of landfills.

The group collected several tons of old computers, monitors, television sets, phones, wires and even a few household appliances Saturday during the county's annual Electronics Recycling event.

While the official total was not complete Tuesday afternoon, organizers said they were positive about reporting a record year.

"We've been doing this for six or seven years. We do this for the environment," said Karen Armstrong, spokeswoman. "We recycle anywhere from 4,000 to 5,000 pounds each year that does not go in the landfill."

Boy Scouts with Pack 109 were also on-hand to help collect the donations. They also spent a little time sorting through the boxes of debris.

"Recycling is important," said 14-year-old Logan Hitch. "We do this as a service project to give back to our community."

Everything collected will be stripped down and recycled.

"I know that's something people worry about when they think about donating or recycling their old computers. This is safe. All personal information on computer hard drives will be wiped clean," she said.

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 50,000 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 14, when Dawson County residents will be able to drop off used tires at the Dawson County Transfer Station, 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 Robbie Irwin at (706) 344-3501.