Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful Issues Call for Volunteers Ahead of America Recycles Day 2018

Environmentally-Focused Nonprofit Teams Up with Gwinnett County Solid Waste Management to Host Annual Recycling Event at Coolray Field November 17

Lawrenceville, Ga. – Nov. 2, 2018 (Press Release) – Keep America Beautiful (KAB) affiliate, Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful (GCB), is excited to once again celebrate the only nationally recognized day dedicated to encouraging Americans to recycle and buy recycled products – America Recycles Day. While the day is observed nationwide on Nov. 15, GCB and its partners at Gwinnett County Solid Waste Management will host a community event to mark the occasion on Saturday, Nov. 17. Held in the parking lots of Coolray Field from 9 a.m. to noon, Gwinnett County’s America Recycles Day 2018 is expected to be bigger and better than ever before – making the need for volunteers vital to the event’s success.

“Following every event that we host, we always pat ourselves on the back and say, ‘that was great… but how can we make it even better the next time?’” said Schelly Marlatt, Executive Director for Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful. “Last year, we had more than 150 volunteers serving more than 3,100 America Recycles Day participants. We collected 1,726 pounds of clothing, 242 pairs of sneakers, 15 tons of tires, 3,676 gallons of paint, 581 printer cartridges, more than 20 tons of electronics and more than 30 tons of paper for secure shredding. Our volunteers are there to direct traffic, greet neighbors, oversee the kids’ zone, haul recycling to the corresponding zone and more. By getting the word out early, we hope to have a great turnout from volunteers and participants alike.”

Dozens of volunteer slots remain in the weeks leading up to the event. Those interested in giving the gift of their time to this event are encouraged to register as a volunteer at VolunteerGwinnett.net. Once there, select the search for events tab to find America Recycles Day. As for those who wish to take part in America Recycles Day 2018 on Nov. 17 through recycling, the following hard-to-recycle items will be collected during the FREE three-hour event:

  • Paper (for secure shredding onsite – up to five copier boxes per vehicle)
  • Paint (limit of 10 gallons per vehicle)
  • Tires (limit eight tires per vehicle; no dealer tires)
  • Electronics (recycling is free with the exception of TVs, monitors and printers; there will be a $15 cash fee per TV or computer monitor and a $5 cash fee per printer)
  • Ink/Toner cartridges
  • Gently used clothing and sneakers (which will either be donated to those in need or recycled into reusable surfaces for playgrounds and running tracks

Throughout the event, Gwinnett County residents will have the opportunity to meet their haulers and enjoy refreshments while supplies last. Little ones in attendance can take part in free kids’ activities, such as a bounce house, face painting and touch-a-truck. Coolray Field is located at 2500 Buford Drive in Lawrenceville. To learn more, Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful invites interested participants and prospective volunteers to visit the America Recycles Day event page at 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.

 

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