- Jan. 26, 2023
-- Along with its partners at Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources (DWR), Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful will provide a FREE opportunity for its neighbors throughout the county to drop off household hazardous waste for recycling or proper disposal. As a result of their biannual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days in 2022, the two organizations had a hand in helping 1,422 Gwinnettians declutter their homes while diverting 161,874 pounds of hazardous materials from local landfills. Predicting even better results this year, the first Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day of 2023 will take place on Saturday, February 11 at Gwinnett County Fairgrounds from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
"To help ensure a smooth event, we're seeking an additional 50 volunteers,"
said Schelly Marlatt, Executive Director for Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful. "We only have a four-hour window to collect materials from hundreds of cars, so this is a 'the more, the merrier' scenario. It's a great opportunity to spend some time outdoors, meet other people who have a heart for the environment, fulfill volunteer hours for school and club commitments, and do something good for the community. Volunteers will help direct traffic, be assigned a station to help haul materials from vehicles, break down boxes, and more. It's easy but rewarding work. When people throw household hazardous materials in the trash, they will wind up in the landfill and could leech into the soil – contaminating groundwater and the environment. The dangerous combination of some of those materials during the disposal process could even lead to a chemical reaction resulting in a fire or explosion. It might not seem like it at the moment when our volunteers are collecting items from the trunks and backseats of our attendees' cars, but we're saving the planet – one pesticide, paint can, and propane cylinder at a time!"
To sign on as a volunteer for this and future events, Marlatt encourages interested individuals and groups to visit Volunteer Gwinnett (https://www.cervistech.com/acts/console.php?console_id=00...
). As for participants at the event, attendees are permitted to bring up to five containers of household waste. Containers must be the size of a copy paper box or laundry basket, and – since they cannot be returned once removed from the car – disposable containers are recommended.
For a full list of items that will be accepted for collection at the event, please visit Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day – Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful (gwinnettcb.org)
). Gwinnett County Fairgrounds is located at 2405 Sugarloaf Pkwy in Lawrenceville, and volunteers are asked to report at 8 a.m. on the day of the event.