What Is Sustainable Norcross?

Do you recycle, compost, xeriscape, use rain barrels? Would you like to learn how? Are you interested in organic and locally grown produce but cannot find it? Do you admire the fabulous tree canopy in Norcross? Ever wondered how to certify your yard as a Wildlife Habitat? Are you concerned about the quantity and quality of our water? Is it better to use paper or plastic bags at the grocery? What natural products are safe but effective? Ever considered sustainable alternatives for flooring, clothing and other products? Where can you discard old electronics?

Well, let’s learn together.

Starting a new organization can be a daunting task. Then an online training manual advised:

"Don’t wait - Get started without funding, expertise, or fear of adverse consequences.

Seek useful resources - Information on the web, in literature, in the community, in person, from experts.

Seek ways to scale up - Transform successful solutions into a movement of local significance.

Have fun projects – enjoy doing. Your efforts can result in important benefits, and you can have a good time while you’re at it!"

And that is exactly what a group of like minded citizens did. The organizational meeting was held June 1, 2008 and we've been busy ever since.

Learn more about us here on our blog or contact us now.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

4 in 1 Results - Guest Post By Phil Robertson, Norcross Code Enforcement Supervisor

Good Afternoon,

Attached you will find all the final totals for our recent Clean-Up Day, Recycle Event and Canned Food Drive held on April 10th. All four events had a great turn out and I want to thank all the staff, volunteers and participants – without all of you the success of these events would not be possible. The participants were very enthusiastic and appreciative that the City of Norcross offered these services and that we are environmentally aware.

We surpassed all previous records to date of our Recycle and Clean-Up Events. Our next events will be:

· For 2010: The Fall Event will be held on Saturday, October 9th.

· For 2011: The Spring Event will be held on Saturday, April 9th.

Again, thank you everyone for your support!

Philomena M. Robertson
Code Enforcement Supervisor
City of Norcross

Electronics Recycled:
• 11,661 lbs of metal, plastic, glass computer housing and peripheral equipment.
• One Hundred fifty-three (153) participants
Shredded Papers Recycled:
• 9,372 lbs of sensitive and confidential records.
• One Hundred-twenty seventy-seven (177) participants
Clean-Up Event:
• 23.45 tons of bulky items, trash, old appliances/furniture, yard debris.
• 1.82 tons of “curbside” recyclables
• One Hundred twenty-one (121) participants
Participating Cities (33):
• Alpharetta
• Atlanta
• Berkeley Lake
• Buckhead
• Buford
• Chamblee
• Dawsonville
• Decatur
• Duluth
• Dunwoody
• Fairburn
• Flowery Branch
• Grayson
• Jefferson
• Johns Creek
• Jonesboro
• Lawrenceville
• Lilburn
• Lithonia
• Loganville
• Marietta
• Norcross (city)
• Norcross (county)
• Peachtree Corners
• Roswell
• Sandy Springs
• Snellville
• Stone Mountain
• Sugar Hill
• Suwanee
• Tucker
• Winder
• Woodstock

Added Activity to Recycle/Clean-up Day Events:
We also collected on the same day, non-perishable food items for our local food bank. Participants did not need to make a donation in order to participate in the Clean-up/Recycle Events but it was greatly appreciated. Donations of these items will be given to members of our community in need. We collected over 500 non-perishable/canned goods and monetary donation of $320.00.

Upcoming Event Dates:
• For 2010: The Fall Event will be held on Saturday, October 9th.
• For 2011: The Spring Event will be held on Saturday, April 9th.

Editor's Note: Sustainable Norcross provides volunteers to assist. Mark your calendars and plan to join us as a volunteer as well as a participant.

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