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Gwinnett celebrates recycling in Duluth

Staff Photo: John Bohn Brenda McDaniel, manager of Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful, leads a tour of the Recycling Bank of Gwinnett in Duluth on Saturday. Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful celebrated America Recycles Day by conducting tours of the recycling facility.

Staff Photo: John Bohn Brenda McDaniel, manager of Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful, leads a tour of the Recycling Bank of Gwinnett in Duluth on Saturday. Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful celebrated America Recycles Day by conducting tours of the recycling facility.

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Staff Photo: John Bohn Jeremiah Chastain, 8, recycles a plastic container as Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful celebrates America Recycles Day by giving tours at the Recycling Bank of Gwinnett in Duluth on Saturday. Chastain is a Cub Scout with Pack 544 of Lawrenceville.

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Staff Photo: John Bohn Jeremiah Chastain, 8, left, Samantha Chastain, 10, center, and Devon Mills, 8, right prepare to deposit recyclable materials as Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful celebrates America Recycles Day by giving tours at the Recycling Bank of Gwinnett in Duluth on Saturday. The children are with a group of families representing Cub Scout Pack 544 of Lawrenceville.

DULUTH -- Have you ever wondered what happens to your personal documents after the pages are shredded and recycled?

Let's put it this way -- it's what you want to do with your tax forms after sending the information to the IRS.

"Put this image in your mind -- a lot of people bring us their old taxes returns," said Connie Wiggins, executive director of Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful. "When those documents are shredded, they go to a company and are turned into toilet paper."

On Saturday morning, the local nonprofit received its fair share of files, aluminum cans, glass bottles and all things recyclable during its 15th annual America Recycles Day at the Recycling Bank of Gwinnett.

"It has been crazy today," Wiggins said. "We've had people showing up since quarter 'til 8 (a.m.), which is fabulous. We've had several hundred people who have come through and well over 100 cars. We even had a couple of large trucks that brought in materials."

Orlando Velez of Suwanee brought several bags of paper to the event -- one large sack specifically to meet the shredder.

"My wife and I had a bag of financial documents and stuff like that laying in our office for about two years," he said while closing the trunk to his car. "We figured this would be a great opportunity to get rid of it."

Not only could people recycle without leaving the comfort of their car, they were invited to take free tours through the recycling bank to learn how the items are collected, sorted and packed for the next step of the recycling process.

Emma Williams, the resident den mother of Bears Pack 544 of Lawrenceville, thought a tour would be perfect for the group of six boys from Taylor Elementary School as a teaching tool.

"I think we need to encourage them to change our future," she said about the Scouts. "Unfortunately what's happening in our future is that we need to start more recycling, look at clean energy ... and I'm trying to encourage my son to save on energy.

"The more I'm recycling, the more I feel like I'm contributing to my kid's future and I just want them to learn about it, too."

Wiggins was equally has enthusiastic to teach people of all ages about the benefits of keeping trash out of landfills.

"It's really exciting to see young, old, all different nationalities, backgrounds, what have you ... out recycling today," she said. "It's awesome to see people embracing the importance of recycling and what a difference it makes."

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Mack711 1 year, 5 months ago

Agree with recycling, but not Connie Wiggins. Remember she and her group is the one who pushed for the county garbage plan with the BOC. Now the only difference is the old BOC got caught and are gone. What happens to the funds that are raised by the sale of the recycled items? now if we knew that maybe we, as citizens, can get some form of credit to lower our garbage bill, but it went up each year. illegal dumping has not stopped either. Many have asked but have not gotten a straight answer. Kind of makes you wonder does it not?

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