State legislator hosts 'Trash to Cash' event

State Rep. Roberta Abdul-Salaam (D-Riverdale) is encouraging residents to turn their recyclable items into cash, through an innovative "Trash to Cash" event, this Saturday.

The event will be held from 10 a.m., until 2 p.m, at the Hearts to Nourish Hope Community Support Center, located at 345 Scott Road, in Riverdale, according to spokesperson, Lauren Evette Williams, in a news release.

According to Williams, the event includes giveaways, recycling tips, vacation vouchers, and more.

As a continuation of Abdul-Salaam's green synergy program, the "Trash to Cash" initiative kicks off a new program in Clayton County, brings awareness to the community, and helps Georgia families, financially, during the current economic crisis, Williams said.

"During a pending economic crisis, green initiatives are vital to the revitalization of our communities," said Abdul-Salaam. "I am dedicated to bringing awareness of these initiatives within Clayton County, and all of our south metro areas."

The "Trash to Cash" event serves as the kick-off to the FOG (fats, oil and grease) collection-service program in the area, said Williams.

Curbside recycling will pick up FOG from participating residents monthly. Monthly retrieval services for the curbside recycling will be free, with a registration fee of $10 per year.

She added that there is no fee for Saturday's event. "Residents turning in trash," Williams said, "will receive cash on the spot, based on the weight and quantity of the trash."

According the news release, a list of acceptable recyclables include: any and all metals; any and all wire; food; cans; appliances; silverware; keys; auto parts; aluminum parts; A/C coils; electric motors; aluminum cans; auto batteries; computer parts, radiators, and more.

For more information, contact Rica Wright, at (813) 732-6564, or Fredrick Hicks at (850) 264-5982.