Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful’s roots as an eco-focused organization date back more than 40 years. In early 1979, the Lawrenceville Junior Women’s Club identified growing community concerns about illegal dumping and littering. They convened a group of 57 citizens in September 1979 to discuss these issues and explore ways to address them. In 1980, GC&B was created to educate and engage the public in efforts to improve our community’s environment and quality of life.

Here were some of our first steps…

1980-1985

  • Began strategic partnerships with County government, Gwinnett County Public Schools and Gwinnett Chamber
  • Established first county-wide newspaper and aluminum drop-off recycling centers
  • Implemented comprehensive school environmental education program
  • Created and implemented the Junked Car Ordinance

1986-1990

  • Implemented first Christmas Tree Recycling Program in Georgia
  • Created model Litter Ordinance for Georgia
  • Designed, built, and funded Georgia’s first public-private recycling center
  • Saved Tribble Mill Park from being sold and developed

1991 – 1995

  • Created first Adopt A Stream program in Georgia
  • Became Solid Waste Advisors and Administrators for Gwinnett County and Cities
  • Developed and implemented new curbside recycling program
  • Implemented community wide Adopt A Highway and Adopt A Road programs to increase community pride
  • Implemented first storm drain stenciling program in Georgia to protect water quality

1996 – 2000

  • Created and Implemented School Environmental Achievement Assessment and Awards program
  • Developed and Conducted Georgia’s first Environmental Quiz Bowl
  • Implemented Junk Car removal program
  • Improved Gwinnett’s Tree Ordinance and best management practices

2001 – 2005

  • Began Georgia’s first Governor’s Environmental Address
  • Developed and implemented community wide Graffiti Prevention program
  • Created and implemented Gwinnett’s first neighborhood Street Tree program
  • Created and implemented Gwinnett’s median beautification program
  • Developed and implemented commercial recycling processing facility

2006 – 2010

  • Created and launched countywide “Fixing Broken Windows” program to reduce crime
  • Implemented “No Idling” program at Gwinnett County Schools
  • Conducted Gwinnett County and Cities’ Solid Waste and Recycling Study and Required Plan Update
  • Rebuilt The Recycling Bank of Gwinnett after fire
  • Implemented the Green & Healthy Schools Program

2011 – 2015

  • Launched a Community Sensitive Document Paper Shredding Program
  • Developed and implemented Operation Good Neighbor to keep neighborhoods clean and beautiful
  • Developed and implemented Georgia’s first comprehensive watershed awareness and improvement program
  • Developed and implemented a Youth Advisory Council

2016 – 2019

  •  2016 saw the retirement of GC&B’s long-time Executive Director, Connie Wiggins – who had been with the organization since 1985, and welcomed Schelly Marlatt as GC&B’s new Executive Director
  • GC&B was transformed to a nonprofit-government hybrid affiliate with a new office in the Gwinnett County Government Building in Lawrenceville – the county seat of Gwinnett
  • GC&B debuted a new logo in 2018 to mark the organization’s rebranding
  • Hosted Gwinnett’s first Hazardous Household Waste event with Gwinnett County’s Department of Water Resources and Solid Waste Management in 2018
  • Received $83K in grant funding and created ground-breaking projects such as Plant It Forward, Food Waste Warriors and Great Gwinnett Wetlands
  • Partnered with Parks & Recreation for the first Public Lands Day in over a decade at Tribble Mill Park
  • Hosted Governor Brian Kemp at Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful’s 13th Environmental Address
  • Honored as Best of Gwinnett in Non-Profit Category for 2018 and 2019
  • Presented plaques to 23 Green & Healthy Schools with the Reaching Higher Designation for the first time in the program’s history

2020

  • GC&B commemorated 40 years of “Connecting People and Resources for a Sustainable Gwinnett”

Since 1980, we have worked in partnership with more than 100,000 volunteers and 100 community partners each year…

  • To protect our health
  • To protect our landscape and habitats
  • To protect our streams and water quality
  • To be good stewards
  • In support of our children and our future.
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