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City to host electronics recycling event

 Valdosta’s Public Works Department will host an Electronics Recycling Event at Mathis Auditorium on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The event, which began in 2006, is hosted by Keep Lowndes/Valdosta Beautiful and Atlanta Recycling Solutions.

 To avoid electronics building up in the landfill, the community is working to dispose of electronic devices in a safe manner.

 Most electronics will be accepted, but each TV set dropped off will cost $10 for dissembling for recyclable parts.

 “Last year there was 65,000-pounds of equipment that was brought to the ‘dump site’,” Mayor John Gayle said. “There will be people able to help anyone if they are elderly or can’t unload and move [equipment] themselves.”
 Since the program began, 170 tons of electronic waste have been recycled, according to the city’s website.

 Gayle said that the Valdosta Public Works Department has no set goal for the Electronics Recycling Event, but hopes to attract enough people to keep up the momentum of the preceding years.

 For more information, call the Public Works Department at 671-3640.

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