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Norcross Recycling Day offers green opportunity to shred dump & donate
Norcross Recycling Day offers green opportunity to shred dump & donate

NORCROSS --  Saturday, April 7th is Norcross’ next Neighborhood Clean-up & Recycling Day, sponsored by the City of Norcross. Beginning as early as 8am, the City offers residents and visitors the opportunity to shred, dump, donate and unload unwanted materials with the assurance that all items will be properly recycled. There are different locations for each event, and volunteers on hand to help unload donations.

In 2011, Norcross was recognized as a Gold Level Award winner by the Atlanta Regional Commission for its exemplary efforts to implement sustainable initiatives into active community practices.

The City’s Recycling Day, which occurs twice a year, attracts environment-friendly patrons from all over the metro Atlanta area. New on this year’s program is the ReCycle Bicycle collection, promoted in conjunction with Sustainable Norcross. This drop-off site (168 Wingo Street) provides a convenient way to donate used (or new) bikes, bike parts and accessories. Donations will be used to refurbish bikes into usable transportation for students willing to put in a bit of elbow grease with the guidance of volunteers.

“We’ve collected literally several tons of recyclable items in past events, from people that come to Norcross to donate from as far away as Flowery Branch and south Atlanta,” said Philomena Robertson, Norcross’ Code Enforcement Supervisor and the Recycling Day organizer. “And each year it grows in attendance and the number of services we offer. Last year we added paint recycling which was an amazing hit, and this year Sustainable Norcross is adding the bike recycling, which is really repurposing unwanted items in a program that empowers kids.”

While most of the recycling events are free and open to the public, there are some exceptions, as listed below. Details are also available at www.norcrossga.net (under Municipal, Code Enforcement) and by contacting Norcross Code Enforcement at probertson@norcrossga.net or 770-448-7327. For more information and volunteer opportunities with the ReCycle Bicycle program, contact sustainablenorcross@gmail.com.

Clean-up Day Throw out anything that’s not a hazardous material (open to City of Norcross residents only – new location – the  Public Works Barn located at 345 Lively just off Buford Hwy.) 8am to 3pm. This event is free.

Electronics Recycling Get rid of old cell phones, computers and keyboards without guilt! Atlanta Recycling Solution and city volunteers will help you unload.  For a complete list of recyclables, visit the City website and look on the flyer.  This event is open to the public.  Location:  Norcross Community Center, 10 College Street, 9 am – 1 pm.  This event is free except for the following - NOTE:  ACCEPTING TELEVISIONS (EXCEPT CONSOLE AND PROJECTION) FOR A $10.00 FEE.

Shredding Event American Security Shredding will again have their on-site shred truck.  Watch your materials being shredded on the video display monitor – go green and be secure!  This event is open to the public and is free.  Location: Norcross City Hall, 65 Lawrenceville Street, 9am – 1pm or until truck is full. 

Paint Recycling Get rid of cans that still contain paint you no longer need. Williams Paint Recycling will be here again, helping us divert paint from landfills and water sources.   This event is open to the public and located in the parking lot north side of City Hall.  NOTE: Recycling fee: quart/gallon container $1.00 – 5-gallon container $5.00. Proceeds benefit Norcross Co-op Ministries Food Pantry.

2012 “CAN” Do for Hunger Campaign Donate canned and non-perishable goods for our local food bank! We are asking everyone to bring canned or non-perishable goods to support the 2012 “CAN” Do for Hunger Campaign.  All proceeds are given to the Norcross Co-op Ministry food bank to help feed local families.

ReCycle Bicycle Drive is part of The Safe Routes to School Task Force’s Earn-A-Bike program. Donate used (or new) bikes, bike parts and accessories for repurposing. Students willing to put in a bit of elbow grease (with help of volunteers) will learn to refurbish these bikes and get to keep them so they can ride their bikes to school instead of the bus! Drop off old bikes between 9am to 1pm at the former Public Works Facility at 168 Wingo Street. Volunteers needed to show kids how to repair old bikes, and to help with collection efforts. Contact sustainablenorcross@gmail.com for additional ways to support this new program