Gwinnett County to Host Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day in July

Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful and Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources Team Up for Second HHW Event of 2021 on July 22 at Gwinnett County Fairgrounds

 

Lawrenceville, Ga. – June 23, 2021 – Now that it’s summer, Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful has some good news for those Gwinnett County citizens eager to rid their homes of clutter and household hazardous waste after a big Spring Clean. In conjunction with the Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources, the eco-focused nonprofit will host their second Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day of 2021 on Thursday, July 22. From 4-8 p.m. at Gwinnett County Fairgrounds, the two organizations will accept items that aren’t collected curbside and could prove harmful to the environment like pesticides, antifreeze, spray paint, auto batteries and more for proper disposal or recycling.

“We’re switching things up a bit based on the response from our participants, vendors and team members,” said Schelly Marlatt, Executive Director of Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful. “Ever since the launch of our Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days in 2018, we’ve traditionally hosted these events bright and early on a Saturday morning. To get as much participation as possible this time around, we’re hosting it on a Thursday when many people are getting off work or coming home after picking the kids up from summer camp. It’s a win-win – residents benefit by getting rid of difficult to dispose of items that are taking up space in their basements, garages, offices and kitchen cabinets and the environment benefits because those items will not wind up in a local landfill where their harmful contents might leach into the ground and nearby water sources. Instead, many of the items collected will be recycled or used in the manufacture of entirely new products. We are so proud to work in tandem with other organizations and local businesses for the good of our community and the good of the environment as we connect people and resources for a sustainable Gwinnett. Of course, these Collection Days don’t work without the dedication of our neighbors who not only take the time to collect the items, but also to attend the event. On behalf of Gwinnett County, we appreciate every one of you!”

Not accepted curbside during weekly pickup, the following items will be collected for proper disposal or recycling during the four-hour Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day on July 22:

  • 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
  • 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.

During the last Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day – hosted in February 2021, Gwinnett County collected 111,874 pounds of household hazardous waste for recycling or disposal. Between items collected and the 1,077 cars served, the February Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day marked one of the county’s largest events of its kind to this date.  Marlatt, Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful and the Department of Water Resources hope to top those numbers at the July event.

“We’ve had so much participation from the community in the past,” said John Butler, Water Resources Outreach Manager. “It really shows the need for this type of event and the service it provides to the community. People know not to throw certain items in the trash or dump it outside and this event gives folks the outlet they need to properly dispose of or recycle household hazardous waste. Plus, it helps to protect the environment and our water resources.”

Gwinnett County Fairgrounds is located at 2405 Sugarloaf Pkwy in Lawrenceville. Visit https://www.cervistech.com/acts/console.php?console_id=0024&console_type=event to volunteer for the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day. 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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