Gwinnett County Announces Date for February Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful and Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources to Host First HHW Event of 2021 on February 20 at Gwinnett County Fairgrounds

Lawrenceville, Ga. – February 2, 2021 – Whether fulfilling a New Year’s Resolution to declutter or getting a jump on Spring Clean 2021, Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful and Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources offer a terrific opportunity for Gwinnett County residents to rid their homes of household hazardous waste. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, February 20, the two organizations will play host to another Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day at Gwinnett County Fairgrounds.

“We created this event in 2018 with the intention of helping our neighbors properly dispose of items that could prove harmful to the environment,” said Schelly Marlatt, Executive Director of Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful. “Since its launch, these collection days have helped many Gwinnett County residents rid their homes of items that might have otherwise wound up in a local landfill. Instead, many of the items collected will be recycled or used in the manufacture of entirely new products. It’s a prime example of our dedication to connecting people and resources for a sustainable Gwinnett. We work in tandem with other organizations, local businesses and the good people of Gwinnett County to make that happen. It’s a beautiful sight to see all those cars line up in the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds parking lot and know that we’re not only helping them declutter their basements, garages, offices and kitchen cabinets, but they are also helping us protect the environment.”

The following items – which are not accepted curbside during weekly pickup – will be collected for proper disposal or recycling during the four-hour event:

  • Aerosol/spray pesticides
  • Automotive products (engine degreaser, brake fluid, transmission fluid, antifreeze, etc.)
  • Cleaners, corrosives, spot removers, acids and bases
  • Aerosol/spray paint
  • Auto batteries
  • Batteries (household and rechargeable)
  • Chlorinated solvents
  • Cooking oil and grease
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Flammables (lighter fluid and waste fuels such as kerosene, gasoline, diesel fuel, etc.)
  • Fluorescent bulbs and ballasts
  • Insecticides
  • Latex and water-based paints
  • Lawn care products
  • Mercury
  • Mercury salts and elemental mercury thermometers
  • Oil based paint and stains
  • Oxidizers
  • Pesticides
  • Poisons
  • Propane cylinders
  • Solvents and varnishes
  • Thermostats and other mercury containing items
  • Thinners and paint strippers
  • Weed killer
  • Wood preservatives

Gwinnett County residents may bring up to five containers of household hazardous waste during this FREE event. Containers may include laundry baskets, storage bins, copy paper boxes or similarly sized receptacles. Please bear in mind that containers will not be returned. For examples of container sizes, please visit the event page at www.gwinnettcb.org. As for items that will NOT be collected during the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day, they include (but are not limited to): • Ammunition • Radioactive Waste • Pharmaceuticals • Biomedical/Biohazard Waste.

COVID-19 safety precautions in place throughout the event to ensure the safety of attendees, staff and vendors include the following:

  • Attendees must stay in their cars
  • No refreshments will be offered, so please come prepared with water and a snack in case the line backs up
  • No portable restrooms will be available
  • Vehicle windows must remain closed while in the unloading zone
  • Containers will not be returned; it is suggested to bring materials in disposal containers or boxes
  • Materials that cannot be removed safely will remain in the vehicle and can be brought again at the next event
  • Please note that these precautions could result in slight delays of one hour or more in line

Gwinnett County Fairgrounds is located at 2405 Sugarloaf Pkwy in Lawrenceville. To learn more about this and other upcoming Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful events, please visit www.gwinnettcb.org. Questions may be directed to gwinnettcb@gwinnettcb.org or 770-822-5187.

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, 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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