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Recycling containers get face lift
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The recycling containers at Bulloch County's 16 recycling centers are getting a facelift, thanks to a grant from the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority and funds from Keep Bulloch Beautiful.
    The grant enabled Bulloch County to purchase a sand blaster that is being used to strip the rust and old paint off the containers before fresh coats of blue and green paint are added.
    Some of the containers have never had any maintenance done in their 14 years, said Brooke Carney, executive director of Keep Bulloch Beautiful.
    "As anyone can tell, they were getting pretty bad," she said.
    The program was part a coordinated effort by Bob Smith, Bulloch County Environmental Director.
    "At the completion of the project, we will have painted 60 containers, which will greatly enhance the appearance of the recycling centers," Smith said.
    Carney said the cleanings started approximately six months ago. When a container was full and taken to have its contents recycled, it was then put into a yard where it was sandblasted and repainted before being returned to the center.
    One of the reasons for the facelift is to keep the recycling centers looking nice.
    "People think of a recycling center as being a very clean place and by painting the containers, we're trying to give them a clean look," Carney said. "Clean, fresh looking centers are more inviting to residents and the project is a reflection on how much Bulloch County cares about recycling and waste reduction."
    Another reason for it, Carney said, was that it made financial sense to clean and repair them and extend their life rather than buying new containers.
    Paul Burks, director of GEFA, said the program shows the state's commitment to assist local governments provide solutions to their solid waste management needs.
    For more information on recycling or other programs offered by Keep Bulloch Beautiful, contact Carney at (912) 764-6147 or visit
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