HAMMONTON – The Hammonton Education Foundation will hold its annual Recycling Central event from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Society grounds on the corner of Third and French streets.
Susquehanna Bank, a division of BB&T Bank, is the major sponsor of Recycling Central.
Residents and businesses are encouraged to participate in this annual event to recycle various items and support community organizations.
The Hammonton High School Green Earth Club — formed six years ago to help students raise awareness about the environment — will collect old cell phones. The club will send the devices to a recycling center in exchange for money, and proceeds will help fund club activities during the school year.
“Many people have phones that have been sitting in their drawer for years, and they’re just going to waste,” said club president Paul Pullia, a Hammonton High School junior. “Instead of simply throwing them away, we’ll be able to make sure they get recycled. This is a very efficient way to get rid of unwanted material without killing the environment.”
Several other community organizations will participate.
The Hammonton Education Foundation will collect electronics, including computers, monitors and printers, as well as small appliances, such as toasters, irons and vacuum cleaners. A $10 donation is requested to cover the cost of transporting these items to Goodwill’s recycling center.
The Hammonton branch of the Atlantic County Library System will collect children’s books, cookbooks, history books, craft books, self-help books, biographies and novels suitable for family reading.
The Hammonton Lions Club will collect prescription eyeglasses, non-prescription reading glasses, sunglasses, glasses cases and hearing aids. The items will be cleaned and packaged for distribution to individuals and groups in need throughout the world.
Migrant Outreach of South Jersey will collect folding chairs (metal, lawn and beach chairs), luggage (gym bags, canvas bags and backpacks) and mats (beach mats, yoga mats or stadium seats).
DocuVault Delaware Valley will have a mobile paper shredding unit onsite to provide safe, secure shredding of documents.
Residents may shred up to three 33-gallon bags of paper for $20. Businesses will be charged on a sliding scale, ranging from $50 for up to 150 pounds to $250 for up to 1,000 pounds.
Receipts for tax purposes will be provided. Proceeds will benefit the Hammonton Education Foundation, which raises money to fund innovative projects in the Hammonton School District.
Plastic bags also will be collected for the Hammonton Green Committee.
Recycling Central is part of the town’s Green Weekend, which also includes the town-wide yard sale on Sept. 19 and the Green Day Festival on Sept. 20.
For more information about Recycling Central or to help sponsor the event, call (609) 561-0343.