County sets day to clean

Published 1:29 am Wednesday, January 21, 2009

By By Lisa Tindell – news editor
The Escambia County Commission is taking steps to clean up the county.
County officials are making plans to a countywide recycling day for electronics disposal Feb. 21.
The recycling effort planned for February across the county is part of the “Take Pride County Wide” recycling project being coordinated in Escambia County.
Residents in the Brewton, Atmore and Flomaton areas will have an opportunity to dispose of electronic equipment including televisions, computers, printers, printer ink cartridges and similar items at no charge, Stokes said.
Stokes said a recycling facility based in Marianna, Fla., would be accepting those recyclable televisions for a fee from the county.
The increase in need for recycling or otherwise disposing of televisions has come about due to a looming deadline for analog television use, Commissioner Larry White said.
Brewton area residents will be able to bring electronic equipment to a disposal/recycling location at the former Walmart location on Douglas Avenue. Flomaton area residents may bring accepted items to the Flomaton Fire House on U.S. 31 South near the Hwy. 113 intersection while Atmore residents can take items to the city warehouse behind Atmore City Hall.
Commissioner Brandon Smith said arrangements can also be made if residents are unable to bring the items to the recycling locations.
Items delivered to the recycling locations must be in clean, recyclable condition, Stokes said.
Acceptable items during the recycling drive are televisions, telephones, microwaves, keyboards, cameras, copiers, vacuums, DVD players, computers, cell phones, speakers, computer mice, projectors, printers, VCRs, hard drives, copiers, LCT and CRT monitors, ink cartridges, remote controls, FAX machines, transformers, HUBs/modems, non-hazardous medical equipment and rechargeable batteries for electronic devices. Items not accepted include refrigerators, washers, dryers, freezers, dishwashers, household garbage, tires, paint, pesticides, bio-waste, light bulbs, fluorescent tubes, mercury containing devices, hazardous chemicals and smoke detectors.
For additional information concerning the Take Pride County Wide recycling efforts, or to volunteer, contact the county's environmental office at 446-9406.