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Recycle electronics & light bulbs, shred records on Nov. 15

November 04, 2014

RecycleAs part of "America Recycles Day," the City of Johns Creek and Panera Bread Co. offer free recycling of electronics, fluorescent bulbs, and grease, in addition to document shredding, on Saturday, Nov. 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 11715 Medlock Bridge Road.

Fluorescent bulbs (including household curly-cue bulbs) contain mercury, and dropping them off for recycling is the safest way to dispose of them. Johns Creek residents also can bring electronics, such as televisions, computers, and cell phones.

Resident can also dispose of fats, oils and grease (FOG), which can clog sewage pipes and cause back-ups possibly affecting entire neighborhoods. FOG will be recycled into bio-diesel and glycerin for soap.

"Recyclable items we use every day, like cooking oils, fluorescent bulbs, and old electronics, are recoverable resources that can be manufactured into new and valuable products," said Johns Creek Solid Waste Manager James Swope. "Together, we can reduce the billions of dollars' worth of material thrown away each year and work to give that 'garbage' another life through recycling."

To avoid identity theft, the Federal Trade Commission recommends shredding charge receipts, copies of credit applications, insurance forms, physician statements, checks and bank statements, expired charge cards and credit offers. All of the paper from the shredded documents will be recycled.

For more information about the event, contact Keep Johns Creek Beautiful at 770-551-7766 or info@knfb.org.

Who: City of Johns Creek, Keep Johns Creek Beautiful, Panera Bread Co.
What: Electronics recycling, fluorescent bulb recycling, document shredding
When: Nov. 15 from 9 A.M. to 1 P.M.
Where: Panera Bread Co., 11715 Medlock Bridge Rd.
Cost: Free