Press Release: Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful Invites Locals to Celebrate America Recycles Day at Coolray Field

Gwinnett County Solid Waste and Recovered Materials Division Teams up with Environmentally-Focused Nonprofit to Host Community Recycling Event November 18

Lawrenceville, Ga. – November 9, 2017 – Gwinnett County Solid Waste and Recovered Materials Division and its partners at Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful encourage local residents to begin cleaning out their closets, basements, garages, storage sheds and attics. America Recycles Day 2017 is just around the corner. A Keep America Beautiful initiative, America Recycles Day was instituted in 1997 as a community-driven national awareness event designed to promote and celebrate recycling in the U.S. Although the nationally recognized date for this momentous occasion falls on November 15 each year, Gwinnett County and Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful have elected to host their event on Saturday, November 18 in hopes of encouraging the most participation possible.

In 2016 over the course of just three hours, nearly 200 volunteers helped collect 3364 gallons of paint, 17 tons of paper, 1,700 pounds of textiles/clothes, 200 pairs of tennis shoes, 16.4 tons of electronics, 4 tons of tires and 239 printer cartridges for recycling.

“This America Recycles Day event represents the largest opportunity for locals to rid themselves of hard to recycle materials such as sensitive documents that need to be shredded, paint cans taking up space in their garage, old tires and electronics they no longer need and more,” said Sumner Gann, Program Manager for Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful. “This event is an awesome chance for our neighbors to declutter their homes, and then come out to have some fun while doing something good for the environment. Over 4,000 people participated in the event last year, and we’re expecting an even bigger turnout this year! That said, we need lots of volunteers to help unload materials from people’s cars and make sure the items are properly recycled at each of the different vendor stations.”

Open from 9 a.m. to noon on November 18 at Coolray Field – located at 2500 Buford Drive in Lawrenceville, America Recycles Day 2017 will entail kids-friendly activities, touch-a-truck, opportunities to meet local haulers, refreshments*, giveaways* and the collection of the following items:

  • Paper (secure shredding of up to five copier boxes/vehicle)
  • Electronics ($10 cash fee per monitor or TV; $5 per printer)
  • Tires (up to eight/vehicle – no dealer tires)
  • Paint (up to eight 1-gallon latex cans/vehicle**)
  • Ink/toner cartridges
  • Clothing and Sneakers – which will either be collected for donation to those in need or recycled into reusable surfaces for playgrounds and running tracks

Volunteers for this event are still being sought. Interested parties can visit www.volunteergwinnett.net to register as a volunteer for America Recycles Day 2017. To learn more about this and future events, 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, please visit www.GwinnettCB.org.  

About Gwinnett County Solid Waste and Recovered Materials Division: Solid Waste and Recovered Materials Division’s is responsible for contract management of exclusive franchise agreements with five residential service providers and contract management of non-exclusive franchise agreements with 18 commercial and/or construction or demolition waste service providers. For more information, please visit www.GwinnettCounty.com.

* While supplies last.

** Paint cans must contain 25% wet, usable paint; no paint thinners, stains, spackle, oil paint cans, rusted paint cans or cans with dried paint will be accepted.

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