LAWRENCEVILLE - Recycling has made a big impact in southern Gwinnett.
Recently, the city of Snellville received a reward for its expanded recycling center, and a week ago a new program in Norcross kicked off with success.
The Snellville center was awarded first place for the 2008 Keep Georgia Beautiful program's waste reduction category.
Public Works Director Gaye Johnson commended supervisor Greg Rucker and gave credit to staff members Larry Hammock, Stephen Moore and Jim Soper "for all their efforts to make our community recycling center a state of the art project that is recognized across Georgia," a press release said.
The city will be honored at the Keep Georgia Beautiful Awards Luncheon on Oct. 23 at the Fox Theatre.
Last weekend, Norcross volunteers kicked off the new recycling program at the city's Norcross Art Fest.
Using a trailer and equipment funded by a grant, volunteers from Sustainable Norcross collected 567 pounds of mixed beverage containers, which is enough plastic bottles to produce carpet for two 12-by12-foot rooms and save enough energy from aluminum cans to power 5,000 television sets for three hours each, said Connie Weathers, who leads the organization.
The 36 volunteers, ranging in age from 8 to more than 65, also collected 11 95-gallon Herbie Curbie carts full of flattened cardboard, newspapers and other paper products, three 45-gallon plastic bags full of plastic shrink wrap and bags and 57 glass bottles.
Sustainable Norcross has plans Saturday Oct. 18 to participate in the RiversAlive stream clean-up and is planning a local or organic farmer's market.
For details, vist www.sustainablenorcross.org.