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Recycling combo day protects environment

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Americans throw out more than 240 million tons of trash each year.

Even though electronics only count for two to five percent, they contribute more than half of the toxins found in landfills.

WALB News ten's Tayleigh Davis show us how people in Albany are trying to reduce their carbon footprint by recycling electronics, and throwing out medications properly.

Volunteers filled boxes, wrapped stacks of computer monitors, and threw out old medicine all day. It's all part of Keep Albany Daughtery Beautiful's goal to reduce toxins in our landfill and water sources.

"It's looks like a ton of stuff, and It's pretty amazing, said volunteer and Darton Freshman Jon Howard.

Howard is volunteering his time to load boxes which will go to Atlanta. The metal will be shredded and melted into other metal products. And plastics will be melted down and made into more plastic.

"We need to diverge those items from the landfill," said Keep Albany Daugherty Beautiful Director, Judy Bowles.

People also dropped off pills and cartridges at the same location behind the civic center. The Albany Daugherty Drug Unit poured out medication some dated back to the 80s and 90s, which will all be burned.

"Most everybody seems to flush drugs," said ADDU Commander Major Bill Berry. "The water system is not set up for that."

As volunteers wrap up for the day, they hope more people will take advantage of the free recycling opportunity next year.

Last year Keep Albany Dougherty Beautiful collected roughly 47,000 pounds of electronics and ADDU recorded more than 300 pounds of medication. This year, ADDU weighed in more than 100 pounds of medication.

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