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Fort Valley State University Cooperative Extension to provide free disposal and donation services

Date Published: 03/21/2019 2:17PM

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Dispose and donate unused items at no cost during Operation Spring Cleaning on April 6.

From 9 a.m.-1 p.m., representatives from Fort Valley State University’s Cooperative Extension Program will be at the Houston County Galleria Mall in Centerville in the old Sears parking lot.  Disposal services include document shredding, recycling of paper products, plastics, aluminum and steel cans. Clothing and appliance donations will be accepted.

Documents for shredding are limited to three bags per carload and residential use only. No commercial, business, farming or Styrofoam materials are eligible for disposal or recycling. 

Also seminars about household energy efficiency methods and car seat safety are scheduled.

Billy Brown, energy educator for FVSU’s Cooperative Extension program, said the accumulation of unused materials in households can attract threats to home and human health including pests, mold and dust. “Those things make a lot of people sick, and they don’t even know it,” Brown said.

“The main purpose of ‘Operation Spring Cleaning’ is to get out the old and bring in the new,” the FVSU energy educator said. “A lot of people don’t believe it, but they tend to be hoarders. They hold on to a lot of things they don’t need anymore,” Brown said.

He also said in addition to improving the cleanliness and healthiness of local homes, participating individuals will be making much needed charitable donations and improving the environment.

“What you think is trash, might be a blessing to someone else,” Brown said. “That’s one of the reasons Goodwill Industries will be on site to accept clothing and appliance donations. We encourage people to bag up those old clothes and bring them out there,” Brown said.

In addition, Brown said that by recycling old plastics, aluminum and steel cans, people are making environmentally safe decisions. “A lot of those materials don’t need to go to the landfill,” Brown said.

Other organizations partnering with FVSU include the Centerville Fire Department, Safe Kids of Houston County, Shred Monster, Houston County Galleria Mall and Centerville Recycling.   

Brown said more events like Operation Spring Cleaning will be scheduled in the near future at rotating sites throughout FVSU’s Cooperative Extension’s service area.

For more information about the Operation Spring Cleaning program, contact Billy Brown at (478) 825-6368 or brownb@fvsu.edu