Recycling

The City of Lawrenceville has further established a Recycling Program in cooperation with Latham Home Sanitation. This program is available for city residents, who may obtain a recycling bin by calling Latham Home Sanitation at 770-554-0455. View the current recycling statistics (PDF) for more information.

Recycling Facts

The National Waste & Recycling Association offers guidance on which items not to recycle. The problem is that putting non-recyclables (or residuals) in recycling bins creates much more work for recycling centers. Contamination rates are around 25%. So educating yourself on what can and cannot be recycled will help reduce the residual problem. View the infographic below to know what can and cannot be recycled and check Gwinnett Recycles for more information on waste reduction.

The City of Lawrenceville now offers the following products for recycling:

  1. Junk mail, newspaper, catalogs, phonebooks, magazines, office & school paper, paper bags (all paper)
  2. Aluminum, bimetal & tin cans, aluminum pie pans & foil (must be clean and dry)
  3. Cereal & laundry detergent boxes, six (6) & twelve (12) pack beverage boxes, shoe boxes, cardboard boxes (please flatten)
  4. All colors of plastic containers (plastics #1 PET and #2 HDPE) including milk jugs and laundry bottles (must be clean and dry)
  5. Beverage cartons including milk, juice, soy milk, broth, and soup cartons.

**Cartons and pizza boxes are now accepted**

list of items that should and should not be recycled

Glass

Please note, the City’s Recycling Program no longer accepts glass in curbside recycling. For more information, please read our Glass Disposal Document (PDF).  

Visit our Glass Recycling Station page for information about dropping off your glass recyclables at Lawrenceville Public Works.

Some items almost never accepted for roadside recycling are:

  1. Disposable paper cups (They are coated with plastic and cannot be separated.)
  2. Paper towels
  3. Styrofoam
  4. Plastic garbage bags (Clog up the machinery.) 
  5. Anything that is food covered (excluding pizza boxes)
  6. Candy wrappers
  7. Shrink food wrapping (lunch meat, hot dogs, etc.)
  8. Cellophane wrapping (bakery items, etc.)
  9. Grocery store bags (Can be recycled to a designated destination such as those inside the store).

Hefty EnergyBag Program 

Plastics #4 through #7 may now be recycled with the Hefty® EnergyBag® program! City of Lawrenceville residents can drop off their full Hefty® EnergyBag® orange bags at WestRock, located at 384 Maltbie Street in Lawrenceville. Drop-off hours are Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Only Hefty® EnergyBag® orange bags will be accepted at this site. Visit the Hefty® EnergyBag® page for more information. 

Tips & Tricks to Simplify Recycling

  1. Ensure all items are CLEAN & DRY.
  2. Return plastic shopping bags to the receptacle at your local grocery store.
  3. Avoid recycling anything smaller than a credit card.
  4. Know your plastics. ONLY plastics #1 and #2 will go in your roadside recycling bin. 


5 Steps to Reduce Waste

  1. Don't forget your reusable tote bags when shopping for groceries or other items.
  2. Replace your disposable water bottle with a reusable water bottle (stainless steel is great!)
  3. Pack your lunch in reusable food containers.
  4. Reuse food jars to store food or crafts.
  5. Donate or repair items instead of throwing them away.


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To find out where to recycle additional recyclable items, please check the Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful recycling directory.

This video was not filmed at a City of Lawrenceville facility, but offers important information regarding the recycling process.