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Norcross is not merely dedicated to celebrating its community’s natural splendor, it’s also committed to preserving it for future generations. The city will host a Mega Recycle and Clean-Up Event 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26.

Although springtime is typically tied to spring-cleaning, Norcross declares fall the time to clean out cabinets, pantries, basements, garages, attics and closets. On the heels of a very successful event earlier this year, the city’s next Mega Recycle Clean-Up Event will feature zones set up throughout Historic Norcross. Four separate stations will include opportunities to drop off canned goods for the 2015 “CAN DO” for Hunger Campaign, electronics for recycling, documents for shredding and unwanted items for discard/recycling including bulky items such as old appliances, furniture and any other accumulated trash.

Please note: Solvent or hazardous material (such as batteries, paint, large car parts, motor, tires, oil, antifreeze, concrete, household chemicals and similar items) will not be permitted for disposal at this event.

“To supplement curbside residential recycling and repurposing of yard waste into mulch, the semiannual Mega Recycling Day is a time when we can take electronics, and other items to be recycled,” said Connie Weathers, Founder of Sustainable Norcross, Inc. a nonprofit environmental advisory and action group. “In addition, we can have our personal papers shredded with confidence before they are made into new paper products. We can also drop off bulky items for proper disposal. We even can donate nonperishable food items that are crowding our kitchen shelves and know they are going to those in need.”

Earlier this year, Norcross marked its 11th year as a Tree City USA community through an on-going relationship with the Arbor Day Foundation and its fifth year as a member of the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Green Communities program.

Recent measures on behalf of the city and its Sustainable Norcross Commission include the addition of a charging station at city hall to make the city electric vehicle-ready and the installation of more bike racks at the city’s gathering spaces for the enjoyment of its residents.

In addition, the Norcross Police Department recently purchased an electric vehicle, which has resulted in a net savings of over $800 on fuel cost in the first six months of ownership.

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