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 Lions Club has participated in Recycling Central since its inception. This year, the club will collect prescription eyeglasses, non-prescription reading glasses, sunglasses, glasses cases and hearing aids.

These items will be sent to the New Jersey Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center in West Trenton. This organization cleans and neutralizes used eyeglasses, which are then packaged for distribution to individuals and groups in need throughout the world.

The recycling center recycles more than 1 million pairs of eyeglasses each year and has helped more than 100,000 children and adults around the world have better vision and a better quality of life.

Sight preservation and restoration is one of the main missions of Lionism.

This year, the Hammonton Lions Club will donate reading glasses, sunglasses and glasses cases to the Migrant Outreach Program of South Jersey, according to Lisa DeKlerk, president of the Hammonton Lions Club.

“In addition to collecting eyeglasses for recycling, our club does eye screenings for students in area schools and continues to work with the schools to provide free eye exams and glasses to needy children and their families,” DeKlerk said.

Several other community organizations will participate in Recycling Central.

The Hammonton branch of the Atlantic County Library System will collect children’s books, cookbooks, self-help books, biographies and novels suitable for family reading.

The Hammonton High School Green Earth Club will collect old cell phones.

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).

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 for these items to cover the cost of transportation to recycling centers.

DocuVault Delaware Valley will have a mobile paper shredding unit on site 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.

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