Want to upgrade your plain ‘ol recycling bin to a 65-gallon recycling cart on wheels — for free? Of course you do! If you live in unincorporated Gwinnett County, you can now call your hauler to request a 65-gallon cart to replace your existing recycling bin. Find your hauler below and call today!
Advanced Disposal: 678-341-7169
Republic Services: 678-963-2800
Sanitation Solutions: 770-886-7323
Southern Sanitation: 770-554-6450
Waste Pro: 770-451-9395
Don’t know your hauler? Call Gwinnett County Solid Waste Management at 770-822-7141 to request the cart.
By switching to a cart, you’ll enjoy a little more convenience — no longer having to lift the bin and carry it to the end of your driveway — and you’ll help the recycling system at large. Waste collectors have one of the most dangerous jobs in America, and carts protect them by allowing them to stay in the cab, safe from traffic, and minimize manual lifting and twisting. Covered carts shelter paper and cardboard from wet weather that can soak them and make them non-recyclable, and contain lightweight items so they don’t blow away and create litter. Carts also allow you to recycle much more: On average, a total of 450 pounds of recyclables per year! This makes recycling even better for the environment, since the trucks will be driving through your neighborhood anyway.
Says Cody Marshall of the Recycling Partnership, an organization that promotes access to recycling throughout the country and helps communities adopt cart-based recycling programs, “Cart-based recycling increases the amount of recyclables collected. David Alloway with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality always says that the purpose of recycling is to reduce pollution and conserve resources. The more we recycle, the more we reduce pollution and conserve resources. It’s directly connected to greenhouse gas, water and energy savings. The 433,000 carts the Recycling Partnership has deployed over the past four years equates to 164,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide avoided.”
When you get your covered recycling cart, or even if you decide to stick with a bin, be sure to keep it free of contaminants. Take a visual quiz on recycling contamination!