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April 29, 2014

Richland County Recycling event set for Friday

Richland County residents can start setting aside household hazardous wastes – from paint to pesticides – for a recycling event in May.

Richland County residents can start setting aside household hazardous wastes – from paint to pesticides – for a recycling event in May.

A daylong collection will be held Friday, May 16, at the S.C. State Fairgrounds, near the intersection of Rosewood Drive and Assembly Street. Hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Accepted for responsible disposal will be:

• Paper for shredding (limit five boxes)
• Electronics, such as stereos, TVs, microwaves, phones, fax machines, appliances and power tools
• Car, light-truck and bicycle tires (limit eight tires per family)
• Scrap metal and white goods, such as stoves, washing machines, bicycles, metal chairs, refrigerators, air conditioners and lawn mowers
• Household chemicals
• Mattresses
• Cooking oil
• Batteries
• Florescent light bulbs

In addition, the S.C. Department of Agriculture will be on site to accept unwanted pesticides from residents of any county.

The event is sponsored by several local governments, non-profit groups and business partners.

Nearly 1,300 people attended last year’s event, dropping off more than 10 tons of junk. Most of the collected material was recycled into new products, according to a news release from Richland County.

For more information on Richland Recycles Day, call (803) 576-2446.

Dawn Hinshaw

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