Gwinnett County to Host 4th Semi-Annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful Teams Up with Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources for July 18 Event at Gwinnett County Fairgrounds

Lawrenceville, Ga. – July 2, 2020 – After weeks of spring cleaning and decluttering during Georgia’s recent stay-at-home orders, Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful and Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources offer Gwinnett residents a great solution for recycling or properly discarding some of the items they may have unearthed. On Saturday, July 18 from 8am to noon, the two entities will host Gwinnett County’s 4th Semi-Annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day at Gwinnett County Fairgrounds.

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 (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.

“The 4th Semi-Annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day marks our first public event in months,” said Schelly Marlatt, Executive Director for Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful. “We look forward to seeing our neighbors and helping them rid their home of items they can’t discard curbside. We ask that everyone be particularly patient with us this year. This has proven year after year to be one of our most popular events and one for which we can’t call reinforcements from our volunteer community due to the nature of the items we are collecting. Add to that all the special precautions that will be in place to help us navigate COVID-19 social distancing guidelines to ensure the safety of our attendees, staff and vendors. These extra measures could result in delays of up to an hour or more in line at the collection site. We apologize ahead of time, but this level of preparedness and awareness will enable a safe and successful event for everyone.”

Listed among the safety precautions are 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 disposable containers or boxes
  • Materials that cannot be removed safely will remain in the vehicle and can be brought again at the next event

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.

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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