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Troy Recycles Day offers ‘one-stop shop’ Saturday

Residents looking to finally get rid of those old light bulbs, destroy that old sensitive paperwork or even just donate some household goods can find everything they need at Troy Recycles Day Saturday.

The event is hosted by Keep Troy Beautiful in conjunction with America Recycles Day each year to encourage residents to get out and recycle items they may not be able to recycle for free on a normal basis.

“This is a one-stop free recycling drop-off event for anyone in our community for our regular recyclables, electronics, donatable household items and a range of extended recyclable items which are not included in the city’s regular recycling service throughout the year,” said Melissa Sanders, executive director of Keep Troy Beautiful.

Now in its fourth year, Sanders said the event keeps expanding every year.

“We encourage everyone to participate,” Sanders said. “We will have volunteers on site to direct participants where to go and to help them unload and dispose of recyclables to make it easy to recycle or donate at this event. Recycling conserves our natural resources, saves money, creates jobs, reduces litter and junk, eliminates waste in landfills and reduces harm to the environment. We are thankful of our partners and volunteers. Without them, this event wouldn’t be possible.”

The event will be held in the Lowe’s parking lot Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.

Secure document destruction will be provided by First National Bank and Troy Bank and Trust.  Shred drop off is limited to ten boxes or bags per household or organization. The City of Troy Environmental Services will be at the event for regular recyclables. The Ark Dothan and Discovery Recycling will be onsite for electronic recycling.  Salvation Army and Habitat for Humanity will also be onsite for donations of household items, useable clothing, fixtures, usable building materials, and many other items that these valuable organizations accept.

The City of Troy and Keep Troy Beautiful would like to thank the following partners in this event: Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Discovery Recycling, First National Bank, Habitat for Humanity, KW Plastics Recycling Division, Lowe’s, Salvation Army, The Ark Dothan, Troy Bank & Trust and the City of Troy Environmental Services Department.

A full list of acceptable items include:

• Household recycling (cardboard, paper, 1-2-4-5 plastics, political signs): provided by City of Troy Environmental Services and KW

• Electronics recycling (computers, LCD monitors, VCR’s, phones, Printers, fax machines, radios, game stations, etc.): provided by The Ark Dothan and Discovery Recycling

• Building products, fixtures, and working appliances: provided by Habitat for Humanity

• Document shredding services (invoices, taxes, bank statements, documents, old files, etc.) : provided by First National Bank and Troy Bank and Trust – Limited to 10 boxes or bags per household or organization

• Usable household items, clothes, shoes and toys: provided by Salvation Army

• Compact bulbs (CFLs), plastic bags and batteries: provided by Lowe’s.