Tuesday in the City
City Hall/County Library Groundbreaking, Tuesday, 1:30 pm
The City of Lilburn, Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners, and the Gwinnett County Public Library Board of Trustees invites the public to attend the groundbreaking of a new special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST) project: Lilburn City Hall & Gwinnett County Public Library -- Lilburn Branch. Tuesday, June 9 at the future site of Church street and Main Street. The ceremony will take place at 1:30 p.m. at the corner of Main Street and Church Street. Parking is available at First Baptist Church. Contact 770-822-7180
City Market on Main
The Lilburn City Market on Main sells fresh produce on Tuesday evening, June 9 from 4-7 pm in the Greenway parking lot on Main Street. More Details
Future June Market dates are June 16th, 23rd and 30th. Follow Lilburn City Market on Main on Facebook to find out what vendors will be at the market each week. https://www.facebook.com/lilburncitymarket
June Food Truck Tuesday
Enjoy dinner and music in the park! Sample a variety of food trucks and local bands. Second Tuesdays, May-August and the third Tuesday in September. ANGELFIRE7 BBQ
The Bento Bus
Gotta Have It Catering
The Mobile Marlay Food Truck
Pressed for Time
King of Pops
SnoBayou Handcrafted SnoBalls
More Details https://www.facebook.com/lilburnfoodtrucktuesdays
Later in June...
Citizens Police Academy to Form Alumni Association
Graduates from the last two Lilburn Citizens Police Academy classes are in the process of forming “The Lilburn Citizens Police Academy Partnership." This will be an alumni association for Lilburn residents who have participated in the academy. To learn more, alumni of the academy are invited to the LCPAP’s next meeting. The meeting will be held at City Hall on Thursday, June 11, beginning at 6:30 PM. For more info: LINK to facebook page.
Hiking and Hotcakes to Cure Scleroderma
Saturday, June 13, 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM @ City Park
5K Race/Walk to benefit the Scleroderma Foundation GA Chapter. To register, follow this LINK.
June 24, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ City Park
Bring your kids to play in the sprinklers at Lilburn City Park!
Mayor's Town Hall Meeting to Focus on Sidewalks
Monday, June 22, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Lilburn City Hall Auditorium.
Join Mayor Johnny Crist for an open forum about topics that interest Lilburn residents. The June meeting will focus on upcoming sidewalk projects in Old Town and the possibility of turning Lula Street into a one-way street with a pedestrian trail.
Lilburn Community Partnership News
Preservation Committee Meeting, Wed. June 10
The Wynne-Russell Preservation Committee will hold an organizational meeting on Wednesday, June 10 at 5:00 pm at the Wynne Russell House. The committee will be tasked with helping to provide repair and maintenance of the historic home as well as make recommendations to the Board and the City of Lilburn regarding the house. Additionally, the group will solicit grants and assist with tours and events. Those interested in volunteering to help maintain the Wynne-Russell House are invited to attend.
Small Town. Big World Festival Update
Interested in participating in the upcoming Small Town, Big World Festival? Come to our next planning meeting to be held at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, June 23 at the Wynne-Russell House.
Event organizers are seeking sponsors, vendors, exhibitors, and entertainers for the second annual Small Town. Big World: International Festival to be held in Lilburn City Park on September 12, from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or www.lilburnevents.com.
Non-profits including schools, government agencies, civic, youth, sports and faith organizations may get free booth space. All exhibitors are encouraged to have a cultural theme and/or activity in keeping with the event theme of celebration the diverse heritages of our community. Go to www.lilburnevents.com
to download a booth registration form.
To date entertainment includes performances by the Lilburn Middle Orchestra, Irish, Folklorico and Bollywood dance groups and a Korean Guayacumist.
For a limited time for-profit businesses may get booth space at a two-for-one price of $100 which will give them space at both National Night Out on August 4th and space at Lilburn International Festival on Sept. 12. Contact email@example.com
Wynne Russell House Gets Some TLC
Scouts from the Rockbridge Service Unit recently helped to refresh the plant bed. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if your group would like to help with the grounds maintenance or projects.
W-R Ready for Groups and Meetings
The Wynne Russell House had a new heat system put in this past winter by Spence Heating. Earlier this week, Spence Heating
installed air-conditioning. With the historical home now equipped to handle our hot summers, the LCP would like to welcome groups and individuals to use the home for small meetings and gatherings. Rental for the meeting areas is $25 per hour. Contact email@example.com
for aditional day rates and information.
LCP After Hours May 19
LCP After Hours was held May 19 at Ruppert Landscape on Lilburn Industrial Way. Business operators and residents came out to enjoy a cookout and tour of the grounds by Steve Faber and staff. LCP would like to thank Ruppert Landscape for hosting the May event.
Two dates remain for LCP After Hours 2015: August 18 and October 20. Contact Michael Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in providing a door prize, hosting a future event or would like more information.
Gwinnett County - Events
Snakes Alive! FREE
Friday, June 12 from 8:30am to noon. Learn the difference between venomous and non-venomous snakes and how to identify different spiders at this free event. The program will be presented by Dr. Mark Patterson of the Gwinnett County Department of Community Services. Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center auditorium, 75 Langley Drive in Lawrenceville.
Gang Awareness and Education FREE
Friday, June 12 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. Learn how to identify colors, markings, and issues in the community that relate to gang behavior. The presenter will be Officer Marco Silva from the Gwinnett County Police Department. Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center auditorium, 75 Langley Drive in Lawrenceville.
Safe Kids Gwinnett Annual Safe Summer Event FREE
Saturday, June 13 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. Come to this fun event to learn about fire, pedestrian, water, car seat, wheeled, and home safety. All children who stamp their passports by visiting all six areas will get prizes while supplies last. Sugarloaf Mills Food Court, 5900 Sugarloaf Parkway in Lawrenceville.
Summer Celebration at McDaniel Farm
June 13 10:00am - Noon and 1:30pm - 3:30pm
In recognition of Juneteenth, the oldest known celebration of the end of slavery, bring your family to enjoy special programming at McDaniel Farm. Tiffany Young will demonstrate dancing and storytelling of African American culture. Participate in a guided tour of the farm and enjoy making and eating homemade ice cream. This program is co-sponsored by the United Ebony Society of Gwinnett County and the Environmental Heritage Center. Pre-registration is required and may be completed at www.gwinnettEHC.org. We encourage you to register early to secure your spot in this fun, family program!
Pre-registration is required and may be completed at www.gwinnettEHC.org.
Program Fee: $6 per person
Click here to register.
Controlling Pests on Vegetables
Thursday, June 18 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Home vegetable gardens can provide fresh vegetables throughout the seasons. However, numerous pests also enjoy feeding on your plants. This class will cover how to identify and control common vegetable garden pests. Register by June 16 by calling 678.377.4010 or by emailing email@example.com. Lanier Community Garden, 2601 Buford Dam Road in Buford.
Saturday, June 20 from noon to 3:00pm. Kick off the first day of summer with a luau and enjoy live entertainment, games, hula hoop contests, limbo contests, and traditional Hawaiian leis. Admission is $9 per person and is open to all ages. Call 678.277.0870 for more information. Mountain Park Aquatic Center, 1063 Rockbridge Road in Stone Mountain.
Aquatic Centers Now Open
Summer is here, and it's time to celebrate with a trip to one of Gwinnett's award-winning Parks and Recreation aquatic centers and pools. All aquatic centers opened on May 23 for the summer season.
Our local centers offer beach entry, water play structures, giant water slides, picnic areas, and more. Parks and Recreation also offers a variety of amenities such as private, semi-private, and group swim lessons and private rental opportunities.
All pools are accessible for people with disabilities and are safe, supervised, and open to patrons of all ages. Please click here for aquatic center locations, rules, and
Fire and Emergency Services reminds residents about summer pool safety
The Gwinnett County Department of Fire and Emergency Services and Safe Kids Gwinnett are urging residents of all ages to stay safe while visiting swimming pools during the summer. Both agencies have teamed up to promote year-round swimming pool safety.
According to Safe Kids Georgia, drowning can happen at any time of the year, but parents and caregivers should be particularly vigilant during warmer months when the numbers of drowning incidents increase. Many facilities such as backyard, apartment complex, and subdivision pools have no lifeguard on duty and require extra diligence from parents and caregivers to ensure safety. For additional information on pool safety, click here.
Citizens Police Academy
The next session of the Police Department Citizens Police Academy begins July 14. Participants will receive training on the organizational structure of the department, crime scene investigations, criminal investigations, gang investigations, traffic enforcement, and more.
If you are interested in participating, visit www.gwinnettcpa.com to get an application. Applications must be received by Friday, June 26. For more information about the Citizens Police Academy, email CitizenPoliceAcademy@gwinnettcounty.com.
Clergy Police Academy
The Gwinnett County Police Department is holding its first ever Clergy Citizens Police Academy. Sessions will be held on Mondays between August 17 and September 21, 2015. There will be no class on Monday, September 7 because of the Labor Day holiday. Each class will begin at noon and end at 5:00pm.
The mission of the Clergy Citizens Police Academy is to create and develop a growing nucleus of responsible, well-informed citizens and clergy members who want to learn more about their police department. Members of the academy will learn about the Police Department's organizational structure, criminal investigations, narcotics, 911 Operations Center, Crime Scene Investigations, emergency management, use of force, internal affairs, and more.
Clergy who are interested in joining may obtain an application through the Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association website at www.gwinnettcpa.com. Applications must be received by August 3 to be considered. Applications received after August 3 will be considered for future sessions. Submit applications to firstname.lastname@example.org, by fax to 770.513.5531, or by mail to P.O. Box 602, Lawrenceville, GA 30046. For questions, email CitizenPoliceAcademy@gwinnettcounty.com.
Day Camp Options
Girl Scout Day Camp
held its 33th camp last week at Lilburn City Park. Pictures tell how much fun it was at Lilburn Park. Check below for other day camp options in the Lilburn area as well as programs sponsored by the Environmental Heritage Center in Duluth and Buford.
Vacation Bible School: Bring your friends and register today for a VBS at Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church. 1400 Killian Hill Road Lilburn, GA 30047. This year’s theme is “Everest: Conquering Challenges with God’s Mighty Power.” Circle the dates; June 22nd to June 26th 2015, from 9:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. Registration is $15 and includes t-shirt and music CD. You may register in person at the church office or online at www.goodshepherdpc.org Ages 3 years through 5th grade.
EHC Summer Camp 2015: There are multiple camps offered at both the EHC (in Buford) and McDaniel Farm (in Duluth) for ages 2 to 13!
Nature Explorer I: Creatures that Creep, Crawl, and Slither
June 8-12, 9-1pm
Reptiles, amphibians, insects and spiders will be making their way through this week's camp as we explore some of their favorite hiding spots. Crafts, songs, live animals, and outdoor discovery will excite children in learning about these important and unusual forest friends!
History Explorers Camp 10-13 year olds
Session 1: June 15-19, 9-3pm
Session 2: July 27-31, 9-3pm
Are you looking for an exciting adventure through time? Go behind the scenes and discover what makes a museum come alive. Take part in living history demonstrations and view hundred year old artifacts and documents. Engage in hands-on activities at some of the historic sites of Gwinnett County: McDaniel Farm, the Yellow River Post Office and the Veterans Museum. Camp will include a Treetop Quest adventure. This will be the best camp in history!
Native American Myths and Tales: A Theatre Camp 10-13 year olds
June 22-26, 9-3pm
Let the EHC woods awaken your senses and imagination as we take a journey through the history, stories, and myths of the Creek and Cherokee tribes of native America. This performing arts camp will inspire the creativity and talents of young actors as they bring to life characters and scenes of myths such as The Thunder Helper, How Rabbit Fooled Alligator, How the Terrapin Beat the Rabbit and several others. Campers will spend the week developing their performing skills for short performances on the trail at the end of the week. This cultural and engaging summer camp will intrigue all who wonder why the woods are such a great place for stories. This Camp will also include Treetop Quest.
Advanced Civil War Camp at McDaniel Farm :July 6-10, 9-3pm
Ever wonder what it was like to live during the 1860s? In the Advanced Civil War Camp, campers will participate in an in-depth exploration of life during one of our country's most devastating wars. Campers will learn about the causes of the Civil War, explore life on the home front, and discover why the Civil War is known as our county's first modern war. The camp will include a field trip to the Atlanta History Center to receive a private tour of their award winning Civil War exhibit as well as a visit to the historic Yellow River Post Office site.
Detailed descriptions, camp dates, and pricing are available online at www.gwinnettEHC.org.
Continuous Threads: 200 years of Georgia Textiles
CHECK OUT THE EHC'S SUMMER EXHIBIT!
June 15, 2015 - August 30, 2015
The weaving and knitting of yarn to make fabric is a distinctly human characteristic. The practice is nearly 30,000 years old and links cultures from around the world. From Asia to Africa to Europe to the Americas, the making of fabric and creation of textiles help show how cultures identified and adorned themselves as well as how they lived their daily lives.
Discover the importance of textiles to Georgia and the southeast and learn how fiber touches all points of human life with the opening of the Environmental and Heritage Center's (EHC) newest exhibition entitled Continuous Threads: 200 Years of Georgia Textiles. With more than 70 works of contemporary fiber arts and historic artifacts, the exhibit is a partnership with the Southeast Fiber Arts Alliance (SEFAA) and highlights the significance of textiles and fiber to Georgia's past and present. The exhibit also features interactive, hands-on stations where visitors learn to weave, cross stitch, design a quilt, and much more.
From shirts to dresses to bedspreads and bloomers, Georgia's early textiles were everyday objects with practical uses. Practical textiles continue to play a significant role in Georgia's modern commerce as the state is one of the top three cotton producing states and a world leader in carpet production. While textile manufacturing has a leading impact on Georgia's economy, it is important to recognize that a vibrant art movement has evolved from the region's fiber roots.
Continuous Threads explores the comparison between old and new, practical and ornate, and historic traditions and contemporary concepts. The exhibit is on display at the EHC from June 15, 2015, until August 30, 2015, and is included in the price of admission. The exhibit is made possible by a number of artists, historic organizations and educational institutions, including Berry College, Brenau Unveristy, Bulloch Hall, Crafts in America, the Root House Museum, the Roswell Historic Society, and StoryCore.
For more information on the exhibit and the EHC, visit www.gwinnettEHC.org.
SUMMER FIBER ARTS WORKSHOP & LECTURE SERIES
June 20th, July 11th, July 25th, and August 8th
(Workshops 10am-12pm, Lectures 2pm-4pm)
Join us every other Saturday this season for our Summer Workshop and Lecture Series. Morning workshops will consist of beginners classes in textile crafts and afternoon lectures will feature talks by textile scholars and renowned local textile artist. Mark your calendars with these dates filled with full-day fiber arts fun.
Pricing for Lecture/Workshop Series
Lectures $10 per person per event or attend all 4 lectures for $30,
EHC members free
Workshop $12 per person per event, EHC members $8 per person per event
Pre-registration is required for the Workshop. Click here to register.
Pre-registration is recommended for the Lectures. Click here to register
WORKSHOP AND LECTURE SCHEDULE
June 20th - Theme: Sustainability
Workshop (10am-12pm): Create an "Upcycled" Scarf
Do you have a favorite t-shirt that you've worn to the point you can't wear it, but hate to throw it out? In this workshop participants will use old t-shirts to create a chic infinity scarf. This trendy craft will make a fashion statement while also helping the environment!
Participants will need to bring their own men's large or extra-large t-shirt to this class. The shirt should not have any logos and should have at most one seam along the body of the shirt.
$12 per person, EHC members $8 per person
Lecture (2pm-4pm): Join Cammie Fulmer, Curator at the EHC, and artist Katherine Soucie as they talk about environmental sustainability in museums and contemporary fiber art.
This lecture will provide a tour of the EHC's Gold LEED certified environmentally friendly building and will discuss how textile artists have embraced the concepts of sustainability throughout history. Katherine Souice, who's artwork is included in the Continuous Threads exhibit, will discuss her work in the context of zero waste art with consideration of the creative community at large.
Cost: $10 per person, EHC members are free
July 11th - Theme: Evolving Textile Techniques or TEXTILETalks
Workshop (10am-1pm): Felting for Kids of all Ages
Felting is an age-old craft that has evolved with local traditions wherever it was used. From kids crafts to nomads on the great plains of Asia who live in felt yurts, felting continues to be used today. Join us for this workshop where participants will felt a pouch over a rock using Merino wool and decorative fibers. This creative pouch will be a great container to store all of your tiny treasures.
$12 per person, EHC members $8 per person
Lecture (2pm-4pm): This lecture will focus on two different traditional textile techniques and explore how they have transformed over time.
Pat Donald will discuss how woven "dimity" cloth evolved from a heavy cloth used for bedspreads to a delicate petticoat fabric. Karen Tunnell will discuss how she uses traditional paper marbling techniques in her contemporary quilted artworks. Join us as we explore the evolution of these textile techniques.
Cost: $10 per person, EHC members are free
July 25th - Theme: Historic Textile Techniques
Workshop (10am-1pm):Beginners Knitting
Ever wanted to learn how to knit? Well now's your chance! Join us as we discuss this textile technique that has been around since the ancient Egyptians. During this 3-hour workshop, participants will learn basic knitting stitches while creating a knitted potholder.
$12 per person, EHC members $8 per person
Lecture (2pm-4pm): The oldest surviving examples of textiles date to approximately 30,000 years ago.
Textiles have played a role in society for thousands of years and during that time have touched every aspect of our daily lives. Throughout this lecture participants will learn about historic vegetable dyeing and will explore the technique of weaving throughout history. If you love history, you won't be disappointed with this lecture!
Cost: $10 per person, EHC members are free
August 8th - Theme: Identity as Expressed Through Textiles
Workshop (10am-12pm): Cross-stich a Sampler
A bookmark is a great way to recreate the essence of a sampler without having to stitch the whole thing! During this 2-hour workshop participants will complete a cross-stitched bookmark based on historic samplers. Participants will also learn about traditional sampler motifs and stitches. This workshop is suitable for all age and skill levels as the motifs can be worked in a variety of stitches, depending on how complex you want to make your project.
$12 per person, EHC members $8 per person
Lecture (2pm-4pm): Lynn Tinley - Samplers
Today, what girl would think they would be exceedingly proud of a simple piece of cross-stitch embroidery, let alone one that included (almost exclusively) letters, numbers, and maybe a simple verse or decorative motif? Yet, before the advent of public education, girls from the highest levels of society personally identified with and were proud of samplers they worked at school. During this lecture Lynn Tinley will discuss different kinds of samplers and explore how they reflected identity and meaning for the girls who stitched them. Jess Jones, who's work is displayed in the Continuous Threads exhibit, will provide a modern comparison to this discussion as she shares how her experience of moving to Atlanta has influenced her art work. As a quilter who identifies herself as an Atlanta based artist, Jones' work explores multiple motifs of mapmaking, wayfinding and identity.
Cost: $10 per person, EHC members are free
Commissioner Howard named to ACCG Committee
Gwinnett County Commissioner Lynette Howard was recently named as the 2015-2016 Chairman of the Economic Development and Transportation Committee Policy Committee for ACCG, Georgia’s county association. The appointment was made by ACCG President and Gwinnett County Chairman Charlotte Nash.
Legislative advocacy and public policy development are two of the primary services that ACCG provides to Georgia counties. The association uses a consensus-based policy committee process to bring together county commissioners and county staff to discuss issues of concern to county government that require changes to state and federal laws and agency policies. Policy committees develop positions on key issues, which become part of the County Platform. The County Platform is voted on by the membership at the ACCG Legislative Leadership Conference held annually in October. ACCG policy staff use the County Platform to guide advocacy efforts on behalf of counties during the legislative session.
“Policy committee leaders serve an essential function by leading their peers in the discussion of critical issues facing Georgia counties,” said ACCG Executive Director Ross King. “These committees provide a forum for learning more about key policy issues, and our chairs and vice chairs are responsible for helping to lead the discussion and develop consensus.”
The Economic Development and Transportation Committee covers issues ranging from transportation infrastructure and funding and the relationship between the Georgia Department of Transportation and counties to job creation, incentives for industry and other issues.
“I am pleased to have the opportunity to serve as Chairman of this committee and to work on legislative issues that have a direct impact on our community,” said Commissioner Howard. “I am further honored to provide representation to all Gwinnett residents as the chairman of this committee and look forward to working with others from around Georgia to review and advance economic development and transportation policies for the benefit of everyone in our great state.”
Commissioner Howard will lead the Economic Development and Transportation Committee Policy Committee with Jones County Commissioner Daylon Martin, who was named Vice Chairman.
In addition to legislative advocacy, ACCG also provides leadership development, civic and community engagement programs and membership services such as retirement and insurance programs and discounts for counties and county employees. Formed in 1914 when county officials came together to help fund the state’s first highway department, ACCG today serves as a catalyst for advancing Georgia’s counties. For more information, visit www.accg.org.
Music on Main Street - Saturday evening concerts continue. Click on this LINK for a schedule of performers.
Dorough Landscape will have a 20% sale on all camellias and Encore azaleas and 50% off everything else on Friday thru Sunday, June 12, 13, & 14 ; Fri-Sat: 8 am – 5 pm, Sun: 12 pm – 4 pm. Dorough Landscape is located at 5444 Lawrenceville Highway, Lilburn. 770-921-6485.
Agavero Cantina - 4140 Lawrenceville Hwy. Monday nights - Trivia and Thursday nights Mariachi band.
Lilburn CID News
The Lilburn Community Improvement District would like business operators and residents to provide input on the Design 29 Wayfinding Study. Public input will be drawing to a close soon and the next step will be meeting to report the recommendations of the study. Go to this link to give your opinion on how the corridor can be improved.
Civic Organization News
Lilburn Arts Alliance
The Lilburn Arts Alliance will hold its next meeting Wednesday, July 15 at 7 PM. Anita Stewart, owner of Anita's ArtsCool in Buford will present the program. Visit lilburnartsalliance.org
May was the month for the election of new officers, we congratulate Andy Triemer for taking over the President’s slot. We remain grateful to Immediate Past President Peggy Sullens for her tireless dedication to the organization. Kristen Mills will remain as secretary and website manager. (The Alliance is working to fill the Vice President and Treasurer positions, please volunteer.)
Meetings are held at the Lilburn City Hall, 76 Main Street. The next scheduled meeting will be July 15th, mark your calendars to hold that date! Guests are always welcome.
Please contact Andy Triemer, President, at (770) 931-2295 or visit our website www.lilburnartsalliance.org
for more information about the Lilburn Arts Alliance.
The Lilburn Business Association will meet on Tuesday, June 16 from 11:30 am until 1:00 pm at Taste of Paradise Restaurant located at 4805 Lawrenceville Hwy. Lilburn. Judi Harris of Cirrus Business Group will speak on HR for Small Businesses. Go to LBA Website to register: https://lba47.wildapricot.org/event-1939127/Registration
- Prepay Lunch - LBA Member – $12.00 (USD)
- Prepay Lunch - Nonmember – $15.00 (USD)
Safety Info from SafetySmart Lilburn
No one probably ordered a background check on you.
Be on the lookout for this creepy email scam that states someone doing a background check on you, the Atlanta Better Business Bureau warns.
The fake messages claim someone ordered a background check on you, but it’s really a ploy to get you to click an infected link.
How the scam works: You receive an email with the subject line: “Someone recently viewed your background-information.” Curious, you open it. The message claims to be an automatically generated notification that someone “…has just recently ordered the results of your background-check.”
Interested in who requested information about you? At the bottom of the message is a link to “Find out more about this new-scan.” You may be curious, but don’t click the link! This email is a scam, and the link will download malware to your computer.
In general, it’s best not to click on links that come in unsolicited emails. Here are some more ways to spot a malicious email just in case your spam filter doesn’t catch it.
The email claims to have information about you, but you never signed up for it. Scams often pretend to be personalized for you, but they are actually sent in batches to many people. Don’t fall for this! If you never signed up for custom email alerts, you shouldn’t be receiving them.
Check out the “From” field: Scammers have the ability to mask email addresses, making the message appear to come from a legitimate source. But they don’t always use it. Look out for email addresses that don’t match the brand used in the email message.
- To find out more about other scams, check out BBB Scam Stopper. To find companies you can trust, please visit bbb.org.
-- Submitted by Margot Ashley, President SafetySmart Lilburn.
To glass or not to glass
For 50 years or more companies using glass bottles had a “deposit” on the container so the person returning the bottle would receive between two and ten cents for their diligence. It fostered community awareness through cleaning up the roadsides. It also provided a means for youngsters to get money for a movie, candy bar or ice cream for a week’s work. In the meantime, the deposit/return process instilled the importance of returning glass to be reused, either by cleaning or by melting it down to reshape it.
In current practice in Georgia, the deposit on bottles has been “removed” because glass is collected at the curbside with all other recyclables. Curbside recycling is not the only way to collect recyclables. Glass and other recyclables are being collected at community drop off centers, like the Recycling Bank of Gwinnett and the Snellville Recycling Center. However, the process of collection creates a hazardous situation at the recycling plant. Not only is the glass commingled with all other recyclable items, but the recycling trucks compress the collected items to get more in each load. **** Safety is an issue, but the bigger issue is that there is no market for the broken mixed glass. So, the glass ends up in a landfill.
Imagine what happens when the glass is tossed onto the truck, compressed and then dumped on a concrete floor for sorting. By the time it reaches that point, it is no longer a single clear, brown, green or white bottle but a mixture of multiple colors of glass shards. The broken glass in itself is a challenge for handlers, but the compression also drives the glass into the paper, boxes and plastic containers surrounding it.
This situation is causing recyclers to question the value (it is more than just the question of value) of recycling glass…causing an outcry among those who collected bottles for the deposit in their youth. It is part of our DNA to save glass for reuse.
The realities of glass recycling tell a different story. Glass is the least valuable item to be recycled: In one month in California, aluminum delivered $1500-2000 per ton, certain plastics brought $200-300 per ton and glass earned $2.00-4.00 per ton. That is not a typo: glass collection for one month brings less than $5 per ton. This again raises the question of validity in collecting glass for recycling.
Europeans take an approach requiring more effort on the part of the consumer: Containers for collection have divisions for white, green and brown glass…but the recycler must take the glass to the collection container. This requires effort (and a place to store the glass until it is recycled) but ensures that the glass can be reused.
Is it worth it for Gwinnettians to take the time to return usable glass for recycling? Current options are to throw the glass in the trash (and render it no longer available for recycling), continue to use curbside bins (and increase hazards for the workers at the recycle centers or deliver to the Recycling Bank of Gwinnett
This may not be a long term option if recyclers mix the glass bottles or bring glass items that are not recyclable, like glassware, plates, window glass. This is a call for everyone who cares about our planet to make the effort to increase our efforts to continue to recycle glass safely. **** Recycling glass is much more than safety. It is ensuring that there are markets for what is collected for recycling.
Submitted by Margot Ashley, President of SafetySmart Lilburn
Lilburn Lions Club
Lions Club would like to invite those interested in service to our community to attend meetings the second Thursday of the month at noon at the Taste of Paradise Restaurant located in the Market Place Shopping Center at 4805 Lawrenceville Hwy. in Lilburn (intersection of Indian Trail Rd. and US 29)and the second meeting the fourth Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm at Berkmar Middle School, located opposite the Post Office on Hwy. 29 at the traffic light at Postal Way. For information on Lion's Club International, please follow this LINK. For membership informationm, contact: email@example.com.
Meetings this month are June 11 and June 25.
Lilburn Woman's Club
The Lilburn Woman's Club is taking a break from regular meetings as it plans for future projects, convention, and Lilburn Daze. Those interested in joining or knowing more about the organization should check the website by following this LINK.
Lilburn Community Garden
The Community Garden is hosting two garden seminars: "Growing UP not OUT" to be held on Sat. June 13, at 10 am at the garden on Camp Creek Rd. near Lilburn City Park. Tony Gobert from Gwinnett Tech will talk about growing plants for box gardens and small areas.
On Saturday, July 11 at 10 am, Tony will give his annual "walk and talk" thru the garden to identify pests and offer treatment solutions go garden issues.
Check out the LCC website for great resources for home gardening. LINK.
Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful... 35 Years and Counting!
As part of the yearlong commemoration of Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful’s 35th anniversary, the award-winning, environmentally focused non-profit is proud to unveil a newly redesigned website created by Red Clay Interactive’s design team. The new GwinnettCB.org is reflective of a cutting-edge online tool that will help further the mission and programs of Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful (GCB) in the digital realm. The organization’s new tagline has also been debuted on the site, as the homepage extols the message, “This is Our Community. This is Our Gwinnett.”
“The website is awe-inspiring,” explained Connie Wiggins, Executive Director of Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful. “But more than that, it’s also easy-to-navigate and packed with useful tools and information. All of the online resources make it easy for Gwinnettians to take an active role in improving OUR community. That is why the tagline is so fitting. The use of ‘OUR’ creates an undeniable sense of community pride and ownership. We want to communicate the fact that it takes ALL of us – individual citizens, students, civic groups, neighborhoods, local governments, small businesses, large corporations and more – to clean and restore public places, recycle more, protect our watersheds, and develop and educate the next generation of environmental stewards. Even after 35 years, there’s a misconception out there that GCB is nothing more than a ‘clean-up organization’. This new website clearly defines our role as an educator, organizer and advocate to keep our environment and community clean and beautiful.”
The new GwinnettCB.org features a combination of compelling environmental and community images, as well as a series of pages that outline:
- “What You Can Do” tips to help make Gwinnett a cleaner, greener, more livable community at home, in the neighborhood, at work, and at school
- What can be recycled and where
- One click links to volunteer for or donate to Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful
- Teaching and learning tools for educators
- Blogs – which contain the latest news about everything green and clean in Gwinnett
- And more
“Even though GCB has been a staple in the Gwinnett community for over 30 years there is sometimes a misconception that this nonprofit is a government agency or a trash collector or just a recycling center,” said Lindsey Marshall, Red Clay Interactive Account Director. “Creating a new online brand gives us an opportunity to reintroduce GCB as the amazing community-based organization that works to make Gwinnett America’s greenest, cleanest community. Ultimately the new website is for the citizens of Gwinnett County, to inspire them to make their community great and give them actionable ways to get involved.”
Visit www.GwinnettCB.org to view the new Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful website and let us know what you think!