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Residents recycle 20 tons of paper Saturday

DULUTH -- There was no shortage of work for volunteers at the Recycling Bank of Gwinnett on Saturday during the annual America Recycles Day event.

Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful Executive Director Connie Wiggins said the location took in nearly 20 tons of paper alone for shredding.

That's in addition to countless pounds of aluminum cans and other recyclables, Wiggins said.

Volunteers like Sarah Pelz, 15, Susanne Claessen, 17, Andrea Perales, 18, and Yang Lhun-Fang, 15, helped shred documents dropped off by Gwinnett residents.

Wiggins said the shredded documents will be recycled into toilet paper.

In terms of the past several years, Wiggins said it was one of the most successful recycling efforts to date.

Since 1980, Gwinnett County residents have recycled enough materials "to fill a convoy of tractor-trailer trucks from Lawrenceville to Montreal, Canada," Wiggins said. "We look forward to doing more every day to make Gwinnett the greenest, cleanest place to live, work, play and learn in America."

Brenda Pulley, vice president of recycling programs at Keep America Beautiful and national program manager for America Recycles Day, commended Gwinnett County for its contribution to the national event.

"We are very proud supporters of Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful's America Recycles Day event," Pulley said.

"Collectively, through events like these, we aim to make recycling bigger and better 365 days a year."

For more information about the national event, visit www.americarecyclesday.org. For more about Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful, visit www.gwinnettcb.org.

Comments

Mack711 2 years, 9 months ago

Just one question: Who got the $$$$ from the sale of these items? The article never said and remember Wiggins and GCB are the ones who pusned for the County wide garbage plan. Seems that a lot of these funds should go back to the County to lower our tax bill on this failed garbage plan that we, as citizens, never had a vote on.

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Say_that_again 2 years, 9 months ago

What a failed plan. Now there is only 1 day that I get to drive through the obstacle course of garbage cans in the neighborhood. With 8 fewer trucks per week driving through my subdivision, it will be longer before the potholes are bad enough to get the roads repaved. And I really miss those added fuel supplement charges that padded my bill.

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jack 2 years, 9 months ago

Don't forget the benefit of government making your choices for you!

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Say_that_again 2 years, 9 months ago

Good one! Here's some more places we should be given more choice. 1. If we want to drive 90, or drive after a few beers, that should be our choice. 2. Why can't we find have restaurants with hand prepared food? They are all required to contaminate our food by using gloves when they handle it. 3. Can't even drive a car without a seat belt or motorcycle without a helmet, yet the motorcyclist can get by without a seat belt! 4. Why can't I write my own prescription for Oxycontin? 5. Why can I have a shotgun but can't shorten the barrel? And what is this about haveing to plug it to hold only three shells?

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OrganicGrl 2 years, 9 months ago

I agree with you guys, but what can we do about this?

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Mack711 2 years, 9 months ago

Sorry to say but we may not be able to do anything about the garbage issue for some time. It seems that our commissioners signed a long term contract with your,or should we say their, chosen hauler. Most in our area take cans and papers to recyclers that will pay US for these items. We have 2 who have trucks that take things like cans and papers to these facilities to get OUR cash. This may assist us in offseting the cost of the county system.

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