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November recyclables could earn extra cash

LAWRENCEVILLE - Hold on to those aluminum cans and newspapers just a little while longer.

If you have the most Nov. 17, you could be $100 richer.

To celebrate America Recycles Day, Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful is offering a $100 award to the groups and individuals who bring the most newspapers and aluminum cans to be Gwinnett's recycling bank between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

"With all the concerns today about the environment, about water and energy, it's a great way for each of us to do our part," Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful Director Connie Wiggins said. "It does make sense. It also makes cents."

Wiggins said recycling one ton of newspaper - the amount that a household receives in a year - saves 7,000 gallons of water, enough for 365 showers. Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to power a television or computer for three hours.

Each year, Gwinnett residents alone throw away $76 million worth of recyclable materials, Wiggins said. She hopes the event will urge people to begin recycling in the long term.

The recycling bank is located at 4300 Satellite Blvd. in Duluth. For more information, see www.gwinnettcb.org.