Recycle paper, metals, plastics, and more on October 26

GUILDERLAND — The Guilderland Central School District will host a Fall Recycling Extravaganza on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Farnsworth Middle School. The last Recycling Extravaganza generated more than $3,500 in revenue for the district.

This is a community-wide event and is open to both residents and non-residents of the school district. People are encouraged to bring their unwanted papers, metals, plastics (including bags), and bikes for free drop-off; all items will be re-used or recycled.

Hazardous materials are not accepted. County Waste/Waste Connections and T. A. Predel’s Paper and Metals Recycling partner with the school district to offer paper, metal, and plastic recycling at no charge.

Examples of metals being accepted include old bicycles, lawn mowers, patio furniture, swing sets, grills, steel I-beams, fences, and refrigerators.

Types of paper being accepted include old phone books, office papers and envelopes, catalogues, magazines, newspapers, and boxes. Blueprints, carbon papers, and egg cartons will not be accepted.

Types of plastics being accepted include beverage bottles and bags.

Types of textiles being accepted include clothing, shoes, rags, towels, pocketbooks, belts, fabrics, blankets, comforters, and sheets. 

As of October 2013, the district will no longer be able to accept electronic equipment for recycling.

In addition to the items listed above, on Oct. 26, the district will also be collecting any new or like-new donations of clothing for children and adults, accessories, linens, pots, pans, housewares, books, and unused toiletries. These items will be collected by Grassroot Givers and made available free of charge at the Grassroot Givers Community Store in Albany for individuals and families who are homeless, living on a limited incomes, or leaving a shelter to move into a new apartment.

Representatives from the Albany Book Project will also be on hand collecting current (less than 10 years old) books in new or like-new condition. Books are distributed to schools and classroom libraries, senior centers, social services offices, literacy programs, clinics, military bases, and hospitals.

Capital City Rescue Mission will be collecting rags as part of the event.

For more information on the Recycling Extravaganza, call Renee Panetta, district recycling and conservation coordinator, at 861-5246, ext. 338, or go online to find out about the types of items that will be collected by visiting www.guilderlandschools.org.

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