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Two Eco-Events Made Big Impacts in Georgia's Gwinnett County this Spring
Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful and its County Government Partners Share Stats from April's Earth Day Recycling Event and May's Great Gwinnett Wetlands
By: Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful
"Even though Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful has been a force for good in the county since 1980, we remain focused on continuous improvement and breaking records," said Schelly Marlatt, Executive Director for the nonprofit with a mission of Connecting People and Resources for a Sustainable Gwinnett. "Not only am I proud of our team and the excellent partnerships we've forged with Gwinnett County's Department of Water Resources and Solid Waste Management, but I'm proud of the way our neighbors get up, stand up and show up for every event we host. I am always pleasantly surprised by just how great Gwinnett truly is."
Hosted on April 23 at Coolray Field, GC&B teamed up with Gwinnett Solid Waste to collect hard-to-recycle items that aren't collected curbside during its annual Earth Day Recycling Event. By the end of the three-hour event, 47 volunteers had collected items from 1,549 cars. All told, 44,000 lbs. of electronics, 6,682 gallons of paint, 14 tons of tires, 2,720 lbs. of clothing and sneakers were collected for recycling and 34,000 lbs. of paper were collected for shredding. By taking part in the Earth Day Recycling Event, the combined 175,540 lbs. of recyclables collected were diverted from local landfills to be given a new life through recycling and reuse.
This month, on May 7 at Bethesda Park in Lawrenceville, GC&B and its partners at Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources hosted the 8th Annual Great Gwinnett Wetlands. The event engaged 115 volunteers to remove invasive privet from a 1/2-acre area, conduct habitat assessments on two streams, outfit eight local neighborhoods with storm drain markers and door hangers and educate 821 local homeowners about storm drains. Three teams of "litter pickers" collected 132 bags of trash, 17 tires, 100 yards of plastic pipe, a mattress, a bicycle, a water heater, a toy playhouse and more. A grand total of 4,760 pounds of trash was removed from this vital area wetland.
Gwinnett County residents who wish to take part in other upcoming events from Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful are encouraged to bookmark the nonprofit's event page at www.GwinnettCB.org.