A resent visit by 8 Girl Scout from the Mountain City Council, Troop number 10600, under the leadership of Wendy Stobaugh helped them earn their Forever Green Award.
Keep Pickens Beautiful Board Members, Stan Barnett and Beth Coberly arranged the visit, and were on hand to answer questions about recycling. Tony Peace an employee at the center; was very helpful as he explained how the center collected the materials dropped off by our County residents. Showing them the bins and dumpsters for all recycle materials such as glass, cardboard, plastic, paper, newspapers and metal. There is no charge to recycle and you may dump your house hold trash at the same time for $1.00 a bag.
The recyclables are then shipped to collection centers inAtlanta. From there the materials are shipped to manufactures that turn them into useable merchandise to be sold back to the public.
Each girl received a litter bag and ink pen make from old tires. If you have a group that like to learn more about recycling, by visiting the center or having a KPB representative speak with your group, call the KPB office at 706-253-3600 or visit our web page at www.keeppickensbeautiful.com.
Programs and Projects
RECYCLING USED MOTOR OIL
Keep Pickens Beautiful would like to let our residents know how do recycle of used motor oil without impacting our environment. Jasper has four Auto parts stores plus the road department behind the Camp Road Recycling Center, who will take your used motor oil and recycle it. The Pickens County Road Department doesn't have a limit on the amount of oil you can recycle.
In an interview with Jonathan Hargraves at Advance Auto, he tells KPB they get an average of 50 gallons of oil a week. Safety Kleen, a large company based in Atlanta, picks up the used oil and transports it back to their distribution center, where the oil is transported by train to a refinery in Illinois. The oiled is cleaned and new additives are added.
The oil is then packaged by Valvoline Oil company and send back to store shelves under the brand name of NextGen and sold at the same cost as other oil products. O'Reilly Auto and Autozone participate in similar programs.
You are allow to take 5 gallons oil used motor oil per day to each of the above auto part store businesses. Advance Auto will also take your used oil filters and batteries and recycle them as part of their customer service.
A resent article in the American Recycler stated “that 1.2 billion gallons of used motor oil is collected in the U.S. every year, approximately 1 billion gallons are either burned for fuel in industrial furnaces or disposed of illegally. As a result, 1 billion gallons of virgin base oil must be produced at refineries each year to meet consumer demand, with most of the oil coming from overseas.”
KPB would like to ask you to do your part in cutting down on imports by recycling your used motor oil at the above mentioned locations. For more information please contact the KPB office at 706-253-3600, Monday and Wednesday from 9:00 to 2:00 pm.
The Keep Pickens Beautiful, in cooperation with 180 Printer and Toner Management of Jasper is introducing a Printer Cartridge Recycling Program. This free program is open to all businesses and individuals. This program provides a simple system for the collection and recycling of printer ink cartridges, laser toner cartridges and fusers.
By collecting these cartridges and supporting remanufactured products, KPB helps the businesses and residents ofPickensCountykeep non-renewable resources from ending up in landfills.
Bring your empty inkjet, laser cartridges and fusers, in their original boxes to the KPB office at56 South Main Streetin downtown Jasper Monday and Wednesday between the hours of 9:00 ~ 2:00 pm.
KPB personnel will place the cartridges into bulk shipping cartons with pre-paid shipping labels provided by 180 Printer & Toner Management. Kicking off the program where ink cartridges from the Pickens County Progress and Pickens County Habitat. The cartons are then shipped directly to the recycle center.
The goal behind the toner recycling program is to get businesses and individuals focusing on their waste and the positive impact of recycling rather than the easy thing of throwing in the dumpster. The trickle down effect on all staff is very positive as many people start personal recycling programs after seeing their companies recycling efforts.
KPB personnel will place the cartridges into bulk shipping cartons with pre-paid shipping labels provided by 180 Printer & Toner Management. The cartons are then shipped directly to the recycle center.
For more information on this recycling program please contact our office at 706-253-3600 or visit our web page at www.keeppickensbeatuiful.com