County wins Keep America Beautiful award

LAWRENCEVILLE — Gwinnett County contributed to a Great American Cleanup record for plastic bottles, winning Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful a little cash.

The national award of $1,000 comes from Keep America Beautiful for the 2010 campaign, which lasted from March 1 through May 31.

During that time, the local chapter contributed 1,464,871 bottles of the 266 million bottles recycled.

“Gwinnett is an innovative leader in the area of recycling because dedicated citizens and volunteers who reduce, reuse and recycle every day,” said GC&B Executive Director Connie Wiggins.

During the local event, more than 22,000 people recycled more than 1 million pounds of materials and cleaned 100 miles of roadways.

According to a press release, Keep America Beautiful will also recognize the local chapter for its Take Pride in Gwinnett Program, during an upcoming national conference. The program helps control stormwater runoff and protect soil from erosion, while beautifying roadway medians.