Free yourself and your closets, jam-packed drawers and garage cabinets from outdated electronics, dried-up paint and a slew of other unwanted items during Anthem’s semi-annual Go Green recycling event. You must be an Anthem resident to participate and proof of residency is required (driver’s license or utility bill). New this year: No limit on the number of gallons of residential paint for disposal, but no commercial paint will be accepted.In past years, the popular event has taken in 1.5 tons of miscellaneous bulk items, 11,000 pounds of paper, 2,800 pounds of miscellaneous electronics and 420 pounds of paint, according to Anthem Community Council spokesperson Kristi Northcutt.
Among accepted recyclables at Anthem’s Go Green
Bottled prescription and non-prescription drugs, computers, printers and related equipment, LCD and LED TVs, light bulbs, small appliances, batteries, residential paint, cardboard, residential papers to shred (limit of five banker-sized/computer paper boxes per person).
Among accepted donations
Non-perishable food items, clothing, new socks, undergarments, toiletries, diapers and school supplies; new or gently used shoes; gently used blankets, reusable water bottles, toys and luggage.
Among items not accepted
Medical sharps (needles), yard waste, business documents, tires, large appliances; items containing PCBs (transformers, capacitors, fluorescent light ballasts), pressurized tanks (filled or not, including oxygen, helium, fire extinguishers, propane tanks), ammunition or explosives, or any items containing Freon. Also, no solvents, paint removers, gasoline, diesel fuel, lighter fluid, waste oil, pesticides, fertilizers, drain/oven cleaners, adhesives, pool chemicals and aerosol cans.
Anthem Go Green
8‒11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 28
Community Park (lower lot)
41703 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway
Enter lower lot from Freedom Way to Whitman Drive only.
Why Go Green?
Properly disposing of paint, drugs, batteries and other toxic stuff is good for human health, keeping it out of backyards, sewage systems, storm drains or landfills where it can ultimately leach into the environment. Also, some commonly recycled materials are used to make everything from aluminum cans to motor oil, car bumpers and trash bags. Here are a few other benefits of recycling:
Supports American manufacturing
Creates 757,000 jobs and $36.6 billion in wages
Generates $6.7 billion in tax revenue
Conserves natural resources
Extends lives of landfills