VALDOSTA — Volunteers from Keep Lowndes/Valdosta Beautiful and other organizations used rain coats and umbrellas to keep dry as residents poured in to recycle, and rain trickled down, Saturday at Mathis Auditorium.

The electronics recycling event takes place once in the spring and once in the fall, said Aaron Strickland, KLVB executive director. The purpose of the event is to keep recyclable goods out of landfills.

Since its inception in 2006, the recycling event has managed to recycle 313.7 tons of electronics, he said. That equates to approximately 14 53-feet semi-trailers filled with electronics.

During the event, residents were encouraged to bring old electronic items including personal computers, floppy disks/disk drives, circuit boards, power supplies, keyboards, mouses, laptops, printers, fax machines, copiers, stereos, VCRs, modems, cell phones, scanners, televisions and more.

For Travis Morgan, a manager at Best Buy, volunteering for the event is his way of ensuring future generations can enjoy the beauty of Lowndes County, he said.

Morgan was born and raised in Lowndes County and would go out to the rivers, and spend time in nature as a child, he said. However, he remembers seeing trash littering the rivers and being disappointed in what could happen in the future.

“I want my kids to be able to enjoy (nature),” Morgan said. “I want my employees, and their families to get to enjoy everything the area has to offer.”

While Morgan was there as a Best Buy employee and encourages his employees to volunteer for such an event, he doesn’t see volunteering as a business opportunity.

“Most people want free product or money, and we don't really have a budget for that, but we do have our time to volunteer,” he said.

The event hosted approximately 20 volunteers and and ran from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Jason Smith is a reporter at The Valdosta Daily Times. He can be contacted at 229-244-3400 ext.1257.

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