Gwinnett to Host First of Two 2022 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days February 12

Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful and Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources Team Up for Impactful Semiannual Event at Gwinnett County Fairgrounds

Lawrenceville, Ga. – January 13, 2022 – With “Decluttering” and “Getting Organized” topping the lists of many Gwinnett County residents’ New Year resolutions, Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful and Gwinnett Water Resources have an event in store that will help them do just that. On Saturday, February 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., cars will line up in the sprawling parking lot at Gwinnett County Fairgrounds to rid their homes of household hazardous waste. It proves an excellent opportunity for neighbors to drop off items that aren’t collected curbside in the county for proper disposal or recycling. This event is geared in particular to waste that could prove harmful to the environment like pesticides, antifreeze, spray paint, auto batteries and more.

“This event marks our 7th Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day here in Gwinnett,” said Schelly Marlatt, Executive Director of Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful. “In order to engage as many people as possible and make becoming a community of environmental stewards as seamless as possible, we have two opportunities each year to tweak this event and make it bigger and better each time. Last year, we moved the event to a weeknight to try and catch folks coming home from work – but found that Saturdays are overwhelmingly the best day to achieve the most attendance. Ever since its launch in 2018, this semi-annual event has proven incredibly popular with our neighbors. With more than 5,000 residents attending to date, we are excited to continue providing an opportunity for them to get rid of difficult to dispose of items that are taking up space in their basements, garages, offices and kitchen cabinets. But the benefits extend far beyond that. Instead of winding up in a local landfill where their harmful contents might leach into the ground and contaminate nearby water sources, many of the items collected will be reused, recycled or used in the manufacture of entirely new products. It is – without a doubt – one of the finest examples of Gwinnett County’s dedication to community and the environment.”

To help Gwinnett County citizens gather items ahead of the big day on February 12, Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful has released the following list of items that will be collected during the first four-hour Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day of 2022:

  • 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 July 2021, Gwinnett County collected 57,352 pounds of household hazardous waste for recycling or disposal from 573 cars. Following the upcoming February 12 event, a second Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day is already in the works for Summer 2022.

Gwinnett County Fairgrounds is located at 2405 Sugarloaf Pkwy in Lawrenceville. To learn more about this and other upcoming Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful events and register as a volunteer, 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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