It’s an idea that worked so well that the city of Norcross has recycled it. Just like the electronics officials hope locals will drop off on Oct. 9, Norcross Recycling Day.
But the event is more than just recycling, and it’s for more than just those who live in Norcross. Last year, the city said people from more than 33 cities in the area participated, streaming in even after the event was scheduled to end.
The neat thing about the recycling day is that it is multifaceted. In addition to the electronics recycling — which runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. — there is also a shredding event that runs during those same hours. The public is invited to bring files and paperwork to be shredded and then recycled.
Taking advantage of the volume of people participating, the city is also having a canned food drive in conjunction with the recycling event. It’s not mandatory to make a donation to participate in the recycling, but folks are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items that will be donated to local food banks.
Last year the city collected more than 500 cans of food, capping a very successful day that saw more than 9,000 pounds of paper shredded and more than 23 tons of bulky items and trash collected.
“(That) was a significant increase over what we have collected in the past,” said Norcross Code Enforcement Supervisor Philomena Robertson, the event’s organizer. “I think people are becoming more aware that every effort to recycle, no matter how small, really adds up to make an important difference.”
Recyling electronic products is not nearly as easy as recycling newspapers and household items. But the Norcross event will allow people to recycle old cell phones, computers, keyboards and other items. This year you will be able to recycle TVs as well, although there is a $10 charge per set. That is the only item that participants will be charged for.
“Having a free and convenient place to bring their junk encourages people to get rid of accumulated trash,” Robertson said. “Norcross is such a beautiful community — we want to keep it that way.”
This is a good way to do it. The event is headquartered at the Norcross City Hall, located at 65 Lawrenceville St. More information can be found by going to www.norcrossga.net.
It’s a good event, and one made even better by being open to all of Gwinnett and the surrounding areas.
Said Robertson: “The city’s goal is to make it easy for people to recycle, and to enjoy knowing they’re making a positive impact on the environment.”
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