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KBB to host electronics recycling drive on GSU campus Thursday
Event will be in Watson Hall Parking Lot from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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 As part of LivinGreen month, Keep Bulloch Beautiful will host an electronics recycling drive Thursday in the Watson Hall Parking Lot on Georgia Southern’s campus from 10 a.m. — 3 p.m. Located off of Chandler road, the parking lot is situated behind the Nessmith-Lane building.
    KBB Executive Direct Jenna Lawson said it’s imperative for the health of the ecosystem to recycle used and damaged electronic equipment.
    “One of the main things about recycling electronics is diverting those hazardous materials from entering our landfills,” Lawson said. “Most electronic materials and devices contain these hazardous materials that we don’t want in our landfill because they could enter and pollute our waterways.”
    According to figures from the Environmental Protection Agency, of the 2.25 million tons of TVs, cell phones and computer products ready for end-of-life (EOL) management, 18% (414,000 tons) was collected for recycling and 82% (1.84 million tons) was disposed of, primarily in landfills.
    Sometime the recycled equipment can be repaired, Lawson said. The recycling company, USA Liquidators, will fix what equipment it can then donates repaired computers, keyboards and the like to learning centers and schools.
    If equipment repairable, the recycling company will scrap the items, where possible, to to further reduce the amount of waste.
    “It’s getting the longest life possible out of these products,” Lawson said.
    The permanent center in Statesboro is the City Recycling Center on MLK Road, located behind the old West Lumberyard.  There is a container labeled “Electronics” where you can place these items. Also, there is a designated box for all kinds of batteries, including car batteries.

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