Remember that clunky old computer tower monitor from way back in 2005? That digital dinosaur that has been taking up space in the closet for six years now?
It will only be taking up space again at a landfill, assuming a person ever even gets around to hauling it away. Well, Lea King-Badyna has a better idea, a solution that is convenient and good for the environment.
Just bring that old computer out to the Glynn Place Mall in Brunswick on Saturday for the Electronics Recycling & More event, sponsored by Keep Golden Isles Beautiful. All manner of discarded electronics will be accepted during the event, which takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the mall parking lot on the JCPenny side of the parking lot.
In addition to electronics, folks can drop off light bulbs, scrap metal, as well as clothing and other textiles, regardless of condition, said King-Badyna, Executive Director of Keep Golden Isles Beautiful. The group holds the event each year to provide a single location where the public can drop off items that are otherwise difficult to recycle, King-Badyna said.
“It’s nice to have one day, and one place, where people can bring all these items to get recycled,” she said. “This assists with landfill waste reduction. These items are all recyclable, but not through traditional methods. But we would hope folks want to recycle them versus throwing them in the landfill.”
Volunteers will be waiting to take these items off of folks’ hands, King-Badyna said. Strong young volunteers from Brunswick High NJROTC and Brunswick Job Corps will be on hand to do all the lifting and toting of discarded items, she said.
“We are trying to make it easy, to encourage participation,” King-Badyna said. “It’s a wonderful event because people can bring their items and just drive through, stop and drive out,” she said. “Our volunteers do all the heavy lifting.”
There will be a $20 fee for disposing of old televisions and a $10 fee for disposing of those big, old computer monitors, she said. This fee covers the cost of the handling and disposing of the hazardous materials contained in both televisions and computer monitors.
Computer keyboards, disc drives, laptops, copiers, cameras radioes, fax machines printers and all other electronics will be recycled by Atlanta Recycling Solutions.
Records Services Inc. will also be on site to shred personal and sensitive records, up to 10 boxes per car. The items will be shredded on site, King-Badyna said. Glynn Iron & Metal will be on hand to take all scrap metal, from appliances to brass, aluminum and stainless steel items, King-Badyna said.
The Salvation Army will accept all old clothing and other textiles, from curtains to handbags and bedspreads.
Additionally this year, members of the Brunswick-Glynn Narcotics Enforcement Team will be there to properly and legally dispose of all expired and unused prescription medications, including pet meds, King-Badyna said.
Folks in the Golden Isles understand the benefits that recycling provides for the community, as evidenced by the turnout for last year’s event. More than 400 vehicles drove through in 2016, dropping off 43,278 pounds of recyclable electronics, King-Badyna said. Additionally, 11,500 pounds of paper records were shredded on site, she said.
“There is always a tremendous turnout, and we expect our community to turn out and pitch in for the betterment of our community again this year,” she said.