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Norcross to hold recycling extravaganza

Staff Photo: Jonathan Phillips<br> Volunteer Darrell Langford tosses an old wagon into one of the Dumpsters at the Public Works barn during Clean-up Day in Norcross on Saturday. The community event allowed residents to shred documents, recycle old electronics and computers, dump unwanted trash and donate to local food banks.

Staff Photo: Jonathan Phillips
Volunteer Darrell Langford tosses an old wagon into one of the Dumpsters at the Public Works barn during Clean-up Day in Norcross on Saturday. The community event allowed residents to shred documents, recycle old electronics and computers, dump unwanted trash and donate to local food banks.

NORCROSS — Area residents can do their spring cleaning the green way this weekend, with Norcross’ biannual recycling event.

This Saturday, residents can get rid of anything that isn’t hazardous in the recycling extravaganza.

Last year, the event produced nearly 12,000 pounds of metal, glass computer housing and electronics equipment as well as two tons of curbside recycling. Nearly 10,000 pounds of paper were shredded at the spring event.

“I think people are becoming more aware that every effort to recycle, no matter how small, really adds up to make an important difference,” said city code enforcement supervisor Philomena Robertson, who is the event organizer.

In addition to secured shredding, electronics recycling and other efforts, the city will allow paint recycling for the first time. Bringing in cans that still have paint can divert chemicals from landfills and water sources, officials said.

While shredding is free, paint recycling costs $1 for a quart or gallon container and $5 for a 5-gallon container, with the money going to benefit the Norcross Cooperative Ministry’s food pantry.

Recycling televisions also requires special handling, so a $10 drop-off fee is charged.

The options will be spread throughout the downtown area, with electronics recycling at the community center, shredding at City Hall and paint recycling two doors down. City residents can dump anything that isn’t hazardous at the Public Works Barn on Lively Street.

People can also clean out their pantries and make donations to the cooperative ministry, officials said.

Most of the recycling stations will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with the Clean-Up Day event at the public works barn from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For complete information on the day and what materials may be dropped off at each event, visit www.norcross

ga.net to view the informational fliers, or call Norcross Code Enforcement Supervisor Philomena Robertson at 770-448-7327 or email probertson@norcrossga.net.