Event helps residents recycle

Mar. 20, 2014 @ 06:08 PM

OXFORD — People are constantly reminded to recycle materials.

But some items are hard to recycle. They don’t belong in landfills because they are dangerous to humans, to animals or to the environment.

To help people dispose of those hard-to-recycle items, Granville County will hold a Spring Fling Recycle & Collection Event on Saturday. Receptacles for recyclables will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Granville County Expo and Convention Center, 4185 U.S. 15, south of Oxford.

“We take specialty items that are hard to dispose of, things like electronics, pesticides and medications,” said Teresa Baker, recycling coordinator for Granville County and Granville County Schools.

A number of agencies and companies will participate in the event. The organizations and the materials they will accept include:

• North Carolina Department of Agriculture: pesticides, fungicides, herbicides and weed killers in liquid or powder form.

• Metech Recyling: computers, laptops, other electronic items and household batteries.

• Granville County Sheriff’s Office: prescriptions, inhalers, sharps, diabetic supplies, ammunition and flares.

• AllSafe Records Management Solutions: secure documents for shredding.

• CJ Iron & Metal: rigid plastics, scrap metal, junk lawnmowers, broken appliances, broken bicycles and lead batteries.

• Noble Oil Services: motor oil, antifreeze and diesel fuel.

Some items can be recycled, not because they are dangerous but because they are no longer useful to the owners. Re-U-Zit will be present on Saturday to accept clothing, shoes, dishes, sheets, towels, toys, working household appliances, furniture in good condition, books, jewelry, rugs and more. The collected items will be recycled to others who can put them to use.

Contact the writer at dirvine@hendersondispatch.com.