America Recycles Day is Nov. 15, 2013: Find your nearest recycling center

acarlson@ledger-enquirer.comNovember 15, 2013 

Bob Heider gives a tour of the Columbus Consolidated Government's new Recycling Facility and Sustainability Center. In the foregound are bundles of recycled paper that have been run through the facility to test the machinery. 10/30/13


America Recycles Day is an annual event put on by Keep America Beautiful and its partners. Coincidentally, one of Keep Georgia Beautiful's affiliates — Keep Columbus Beautiful — has been running a shoe donation drive (learn more here).

But for those who are inspired to recycle more, America Recycles Day hopes to bring people together with events across the country, as well as easy-to-use info such as recycling center locators online.

Click here to see how people around Alabama and Georgia are celebrating America Recycles Day.

There are several things recycling-conscious citizens can do around the Valley this weekend, including donating shoes to Keep Georgia Beautiful. You can recycle cell phones at your local Home Depot, Best Buy and RadioShack; and you can recycle batteries at many local auto parts stores.

And let's not forget the City of Columbus' new recycling center, for basically anything else, including glass, steel, aluminum, motor oil and more. From reporter Mike Owen: The $8.5 million facility will allow the city to handle many times the 2,800 tons of recyclables it currently produces at its Victory Drive facility, according to Public Works Director Pat Biegler.

“Last year, we made $250,000 off recycling,” Biegler said. “We could be looking at making $2.5 million or more in the future.”

Live in Phenix City? Call 334-448-2869 to learn more about your recycling options.

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