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Volunteers needed for recycling event

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Electronics account for as little as 2 percent of landfill volume while contributing up to a whopping 70 percent of the toxins found in landfills.

That’s why Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful is planning another Free Electronic Recycling Collection Day.

The annual event is from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18 in the parking lot behind the Albany Civic Center.

There is a critical need for community volunteers to assist as citizens unload their automobiles and trailers filled with unwanted electronics.

Accepted items will include computer monitors, laptops, printers, cameras, record players, speakers, cell phones, portable radios, battery backups, cables, microwave ovens, , typewriters and many other items. Items that won’t be accepted include TV sets encased in wood cabinets, vacuum cleaners, refrigerators, washers, dryers, freezers, gas-powered equipment and all non-electronic equipment. A $10 handling fee will be charged for each TV set.

“They will drive up and be directed to pull down where volunteers will unload their electronic items. The citizens will not get out of their vehicle,” said KADB Executive Director Judy Bowles. “This is a wonderful environmental project which diverts hazardous materials away from our landfills.

Volunteers are encouraged to bring gloves and wear work clothes – and be prepared to eat free pizza.

Businesses, schools, hospitals and government offices can schedule a pickup of large quantities of electronics.

The event will be held rain or shine. For information, call 430-5257.

SPECIAL PHOTO
Computers may be the most popular item to be reycled at a community event at the Albany Civic Center on Sept. 18, but the list of collectible electronics includes more than a dozen items.
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