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Recycling bank will continue to serve Gwinnett

On behalf of the 50-member Citizens Advisory Board and the staff at Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful, we would like to thank you for your support and encouragement in response to the recent fire at the Recycling Bank of Gwinnett. We have already begun planning for the future after a fire Wednesday night destroyed three buildings at the site on Satellite Boulevard in Duluth, which is now temporarily closed.

As stated in our tagline - "A Better Tomorrow Begins Today" - Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful has moved into action and is taking steps toward rebuilding and reopening the Recycling Bank of Gwinnett as soon as possible.

All curbside recycling operations throughout Gwinnett will continue as normal.

Citizens and businesses have several alternative locations for recycling during the temporary closure. Alternative locations can easily be found on the Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful Web site at www.gwinnettcb.org. Visitors to the site will be able to search by the type of recyclable they have and find the nearest recycling locations in their ZIP code.

We would like to extend a special thank you to the hundreds of firefighters and to the leadership of Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services for their valiant efforts in battling the fire and their determination to have the site safe for us to begin rebuilding as soon as possible.

An outpouring of community support has already begun to ensure that recycling efforts will be kept alive in Gwinnett throughout the rebuilding of the Recycling Bank. Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful would like to thank everyone who has shown their immediate support, including Gwinnett County Government, the private sector, individual citizens and others. Gwinnett County Public Schools has stepped forward and offered a temporary staging area for the handling of curbside recycling materials.

Despite the current unfortunate circumstances, this community has come together to restore the Recycling Bank of Gwinnett and make certain that a better tomorrow begins today.

Connie C. Wiggins is the executive director of Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful.