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.