Keep Douglasville Beautiful, in partnership with North West Georgia Recycling, Aeris Services, and The Douglas County Lion’s Club, is holding a free recycling event on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hunter Park’s main ball field parking lot. The field is located at 8830 Gurley Road, Douglasville.
Many old electronic goods gather dust in storage waiting to be reused, recycled or thrown away. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that as much as three quarters of the computers sold in the U.S. are stockpiled in garages and closets.
According to the EPA, in 2009, the U.S. generated 3.19 million tons of e‐waste. Of this amount, only 600,000 tons or 17.7 % was recycled. The rest was trashed in landfills or incinerators.
The Nov. 12 recycle event will allow local residents to drop off most electronics and scrap metal for recycling at no cost, with the exeception of some TVs. The e-waste and scrap metal collection event will be set up as a drive-through and drop-off event. Volunteers will be on site to collect items from cars quickly and conveniently.
Keep Douglasville Beautiful can accept almost anything that has a cord or uses batteries and practically anything with metal content. Some examples of electronics and scrap metal that will be collected are: Computers, laptops, stereos, radios, printers, fax machines, copiers, cell phones, hair dryers, large and small appliances, Christmas lights, metal swing sets, and lawn tools.
Fees will be charged for tube televisions ($5) and projection televisions ($10).