America Recycles Day Returns to Coolray Field November 9

Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful and Gwinnett County Solid Waste Management to Host Recycling Event to Commemorate Keep America Beautiful Nationwide Initiative; Volunteers Needed

 

Lawrenceville, Ga. – October 28, 2019 – Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful (GC&B) and Gwinnett County Solid Waste Management are gearing up for another installment of America Recycles Day at Coolray Field. Set to take place Saturday, November 9, the popular event represents Gwinnett County’s answer to a Keep America Beautiful initiative that is commemorated nationwide. GC&B encourages Gwinnett County residents to start decluttering their closets, garages, basements, attics, storage units and offices. In addition to hard-to-recycle items that will be collected that day, GC&B and its partners at Solid Waste Management are in search of volunteers to help direct traffic and collect items from participants’ vehicles. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to noon, but volunteers are asked to report at 7:30 a.m. and to expect to stay until 1 p.m.

Items that will be collected at Gwinnett’s America Recycles Day event include:

  • Electronics – electronics recycling is free except for TVs, monitors, and printers – $15 cash fee per TV or computer monitor and a $5 cash fee per printer
  • Tires – limited to eight tires per vehicle, no dealer tires
  • Paint – limited to 10 gallons per vehicle
  • Ink cartridges
  • Clothing and sneakers
  • Paper for secure shredding – limit five copier paper boxes per vehicle

First established by the National Recycling Coalition in 1997 and carried on by Keep America Beautiful in the years since, America Recycles Day represents the only nationally recognized day dedicated to encouraging Americans to recycle and buy recycled products. Last year, Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful and Gwinnett County Solid Waste Management – with the help of 140 volunteers – served an estimated 4,000 residents in the recycling or safe disposal of difficult to recycle items that are not accepted curbside in Gwinnett. Over the course of just three hours, they collected more than 2,200 lbs. of clothes and shoes, 484 ink cartridges, over 6,500 gallons of paint, 26,000 lbs. of tires and 45,400 lbs. of electronics.

“Based on the reaction we’ve seen to events like our Hazardous Household Waste Collection Day earlier this year and previous America Recycles Day events, we’re expecting a big turnout from the public on November 9,” said Schelly Marlatt, Executive Director for Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful. “To help us manage a long line of cars and a number of stations for the various kinds of recyclables, we’ll need lots of great volunteers. They must be 14 years of age or older, so it’s a great service activity for high school Green Teams, sports teams, youth ministries, corporate teams, civic groups and more.”

To sign up, prospective volunteers should visit https://www.gwinnettcounty.com/web/gwinnett/Departments/CommunityServices/VolunteerGwinnett and search America Recycles Day (or follow this direct link). For more information, please call the Solid Waste Call Center at 770.822.7141.

About Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful: Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful Services, Inc. (GC&B) is a Keep America Beautiful affiliate and award-winning 501(c)(3) charitable organization. It boasts an expansive community-based network dedicated to finding long-term solutions to environmental and quality of life issues through individual action. The organization is guided by a Citizens Advisory Board that represents all sectors of the Gwinnett County community. A nationally recognized leader in creating cleaner, greener and more livable communities throughout Gwinnett, GC&B involves more than 100,000 volunteers annually to clean and restore public places, recycle more, protect watersheds and develop the next generation of environmental stewards. To learn more about Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful and its mission of “Connecting People and Resources for a Sustainable Gwinnett,” please visit www.GwinnettCB.org.

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