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Center to host 'green' Halloween costume swap

BUFORD -- The Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center wants you to make this Halloween a green one -- even before your kids get sick from scarfing all that candy.

Starting Saturday and continuing each weekend until Halloween, the GEHC will host "costume swaps" aimed at encouraging the community to reuse, borrow, trade or purchase costumes in order to reduce waste. The effort is part of a national "Green Halloween" initiative.

"During the month of October, people can drop off old costumes, masks and accessories in the GEHC lobby," Jason West, GEHC's director of programming and development, said in a news release. "Visitors are encouraged to donate, swap or grab a new-to-you costume for your 'green' ghouls."

There is no charge to drop off or look through costumes in the lobby of the GEHC, which is located at 2020 Clean Water Drive, Buford.

The costume swap will officially kick off from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. It will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the following two Saturdays, officials said.

West said a wide selection of costumes was already available for all ages.

"The GEHC staff is excited to see so many costumes coming into the building," West said. "People are really getting into the spirit of reusing and recycling costumes that have only been worn a few times."

For more information, visit GwinnettEHC.org.