Valley residents recycle unwanted items at Phoenix event

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
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PHOENIX -- For a few hours on Saturday, it was all about getting rid of unnecessary items that were simply taking up space at home.

“I've just got so much that I can't even do it myself,” said Jamie Weber, who had boxes of paperwork that had been piling up waiting to be shredded. “Convenient and doing good for the environment.”

Keep Phoenix Beautiful hosted the I Recycle Phoenix festival in the parking lot at Christown Mall near 19th Avenue and Bethany Home Road.

You name it, they took it, from computers and electronics, to clothes and toys. Even kitchen sinks could be dropped off, absolutely free.

“You don't want this stuff going into the landfill. Although Arizona's got a lot of open space, we don't want to fill it up with garbage,” said Tom Waldeck with Keep Phoenix Beautiful.

Depending on what kind of shape the items are in, local groups like St. Vincent de Paul and Stardust Building Supplies will repurpose them for the needy.