Norcross helps community clean up, recycle

Photo by Nate McCullough

Photo by Nate McCullough

NORCROSS -- Norcross residents and their neighbors from places as far away as Dawsonville, Jonesboro and Winder participated in some spring cleaning Saturday.

The city hosted its biannual community clean-up day, with on-site paper shredding taking place in the parking lot at Norcross City Hall and electronics recycling at the Norcross Cultural Arts and Community Center. City residents could also dispose of their bulky trash at the Public Works barn.

Beth Wilson unloaded several boxes of paper from her office before going around the corner to recycle some old computers.

"This stuff always just ends up getting shoved in a corner," the Norcross resident said. "This is an opportunity to come and get rid of it in a conscientious manner."

Philomena Robertson, a code enforcement supervisor, said the event sheds a positive light on code enforcement.

"We want people to keep their businesses neat and clean. We want them to keep their houses neat and clean," she said. "We're giving them a way to do that."

Only city residents could throw away trash at the Public Works barn because the city has to pay for the disposal, but the other events were open to the public.

American Security Shredding of Gainesville brought two trucks to shred documents on site, and Atlanta Recycling Solutions of Alpharetta collected the recycled electronic equipment. At each site, the city also collected donated canned goods and nonperishable food items for local food banks.

A Jonesboro woman said she came to Norcross to shred documents because she missed a shredding event at Turner Field.

Norcross resident Sam Howard said he looks forward to the events. The electronics recycling, he said, prevents people from throwing away their old computer equipment.

"What happens over the years is you accumulate a lot of things you can't get rid of, and you don't know how to get rid of it," he said. "It makes you feel like a pack rat, because you just don't know what to do with it."

Carey Daigle also dropped off some computer equipment.

"It's the only place you can get rid of computer stuff without paying an arm and a leg to do it," the Norcross resident said.

Televisions cost $10 to recycle, but all other acceptable items could be recycled for free.

The events were held in conjunction with the Great American Clean-up and Gwinnett Cities "Can" Do for Hunger.