Announcing Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful’s “Go Green Event” recycling collection day and out-of-date unwanted prescription drug dropoff at the Civic Center set for 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 15 are, from left, Dougherty County Sheriff Kevin Sproul, Albany Police Department Deputy Chief Nathaniel Clark, KADB Executive Director Judy Bowles, Dougherty County Police Chief Don Cheek and Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit Maj. Bill Berry.
ALBANY, Ga. — Dispose of unwanted electronic equipment, personal documents and outdated medications at the Sept. 15 one-day-only “Go Green Event.”
Sponsored by Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful and local law enforcement agencies, a convenient dropoff for unwanted electronics is planned in the parking lot behind the Albany Civic Center.
Included in the environmental cleanup will be a “no questions asked” drive-through for outdated or unwanted medications, which will have dropoff boxes.
“Medications thrown in the trash can leach into the environment,” said Judy Bowles, executive director of the beautification organization. “Flushed drugs can kill bacteria that break down waste in treatment plants, damage septic systems and can contaminate waterways like the Flint River and harm wildlife.”
The toxic impact of electronics improperly disposed of or in a landfill is great. According to Bowles, electronics can be as much as 5 percent of a landfill’s overall volume, but contribute about 70 percent of the toxins in that landfill.
The event will also have document shredders at the site provided by ShredEx. Up to 10 boxes of documents per person can be brought in for free shredding. Cartridge World will attend to accept used printer and copier ink cartridges.
Video players, keyboards, scanners, laptops, cell phones copiers, CD players, computer monitors and any other electronic junk lying around can be brought to the Go Green Event for disposal. Old-style televisions — not flat screens — have toxic material and a $10 fee will be collected.
No vacuum cleaners, refrigerators, laundry appliances, gas-powered equipment or other non-electronic equipment will be accepted.
Businesses, government agencies and industries can call (229) 430-5257 to schedule pickup of large quantities.
To announce the Go Green Event and to show their support, Bowles was joined by Dougherty County Sheriff Kevin Sproul, Albany Police Deputy Chief Nathaniel Clark, Dougherty County Police Chief Don Cheek and Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit Maj. Bill Berry Friday.