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Published on May 3rd, 2014 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Richland Recycles Day Set for May 16

Save the date to trash your junk.

On May 16 at the State Fairgrounds, Richland County is giving residents the opportunity to responsibly rid themselves of rubbish at Richland Recycles Day. Electronics, paint, household chemicals, mattresses and more will be accepted for proper disposal. The event also will offer paper shredding and pesticide collection.

Richland County’s Solid Waste and Recycling Department is teaming up with several community partners, businesses and agencies for this year’s Richland Recycles Day. The event for residential customers only will be held 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, May 16 at the State Fairgrounds.

Residents may bring the following materials:

• Paper for shredding (limit five boxes)
• Electronics, such as stereos, TVs, microwaves, phones, fax machines, small appliances, power tools
and more
• Car and light truck tires, bicycle tires and motorcycles tires (limit eight tires for each family)
• Scrap metal and white goods, such as stoves, washing machines, bicycles, metal chairs, shelves,
refrigerators, air conditioners and lawn mowers, which must be free of fuel
• Household hazardous waste
• Mattresses
• Cooking oil
• Batteries
• Florescent light bulbs

Several community partners are taking part in the event: Keep the Midlands Beautiful, Sonoco, the City of Columbia, WLTX-TV, Shred With Us, Ecycle Secure, Whitaker Tire Service, CMC Recycling, Tradebe Environmental Services, Nine Lives Mattress Recycling, Midlands Bio Fuels, Interstate Batteries, Waste Management of SC and Richland County contract garbage haulers: Allwaste Services Inc., Advanced Disposal, David Ard Sanitation, Johnson Garbage Service and Waste Industries.

In addition, the SC Department of Agriculture will be on site to collect unwanted pesticides from residents of any county.

At last year’s event – recognized in December by Keep the Midlands Beautiful with its Green Event Award – nearly 1,300 people dropped off more than 100 tons of junk:

• Household hazardous waste – 45,057 pounds
• Electronics – 116,370 pounds
• Metals – 15,600 pounds
• Tires – 23,100 pounds

Most of the material collected was destined to be recycled into new products, thereby creating jobs, reducing pollution and diverting items from local landfills. Organizers hope to collect more this year.

For more information on Richland Recycles Day, call (803) 576-2446.

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