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SustainableGwinnett | Tips for environmentally safe Spring cleaning

Gwinnett County -- Sustainable Gwinnett is concerned about managing hazardous household waste within Gwinnett County.  Throughout the year they hold workshops and sponsor recycling events.  They are currently offering tips for a clean and safe Spring Cleaning.

Spring is quickly approaching, and along with warmer weather comes spring cleaning. This is a good time to get to the back of the closet or to that top shelf to clear out the old and make way for the new. Now that everything has been sorted in the keep, donate, and throw away piles, what do you do with the stuff that you can't put in the garbage, like that half-used can of flamingo pink paint or old batteries from your Walkman?  

The one thing not to do is to dump it outside or pour it in a storm drain. Some of the most common materials we keep in our homes can have a negative impact on our environment's health. These materials are referred to as household hazardous wastes and if you don't know where to take them, disposing of these materials can be difficult.

Want to know where to recycle your household hazardous wastes? Check out the Solid Waste and Recovered Materials Division's online recycling directory. Visit www.sustainablegwinnett.com and click the Recycling Directory link. Select a category from the drop-down menu and the directory will generate a list of disposal facilities located near you. To learn more about hazardous materials in your home and how to properly store them, attend the free Spring Cleaning and Hazardous Household Waste Management Workshop on Thursday, April 12 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm. To register, send an e-mail with your name, address, and phone number to dwrswreg@gwinnettcounty.com or call 678.376.7193 (press 5). 

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