Environmentally-Focused Nonprofit Thanks Volunteers and Community Partners for Help During Annual Tree-cycling Event
Lawrenceville, Ga. – January 29, 2019 – On Saturday, January 26, 148 volunteers braved below freezing temperatures and joined forces with the staff at Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful (GCB), a number of its board members, its community partners and county representatives to breathe new life into Christmas trees. In the weeks prior to the event, Gwinnett citizens dropped their live trees off to a number of fire stations throughout the county. The trees were brought to a centralized location – Bethesda Park in Lawrenceville – and then chipped on the day of the event. Over the course of just three hours, approximately 6,000 trees were transformed into mulch. Rather than taking up space in the county’s landfills – where trees may take decades to fully decompose, the mulch will be used to beautify flower beds around local schools and government buildings or line the pathways at local parks all over Gwinnett County.
“Thank you so much to everyone who had a part in making this year’s Bring One for the Chipper such a monumental success,” said Schelly Marlatt, Executive Director of Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful. “We couldn’t have done it without the help of so many concerned citizens, our Gwinnett County partners at the Departments of Transportation, Parks and Recreation, and Fire and Emergency Services or our community partners at Georgia Power, Jackson EMC, Walton EMC and Republic Services. It truly is a thing of beauty to see our friends and neighbors come out for this event each year. And when I think in terms of how we are actively providing a way for these Christmas trees to be used for good rather than merely being discarded, I believe that serves as an awesome illustration of why Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful is here. Our organization is dedicated to the health and physical appeal of this community, as well as the well-being of its citizens – not just through events like this, but also by connecting people with resources in hopes of fostering a more sustainable Gwinnett.”
The next major events on Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful’s agenda are the Earth Day community recycling event on April 13 with its partners at Gwinnett County Solid Waste Management and Great Gwinnett Wetlands on April 27 with its partners at Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources. The environmentally-focused non-profit/county entity also provides ways for families, schools, civic groups and companies to have an impact on their community year-round through programs like Adopt-A-Road, Adopt-A-Stream, Stormwater Protectors, Green & Healthy Schools and more. To learn more about Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful and its programs, please visit www.gwinnettcb.org.
About Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful: Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful Services, Inc. (GCB) 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, GCB 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.