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Paper shredding, shoe donations in Cobb

Paper shredding, shoe donations in Cobb

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Keep Cobb Beautiful will hold a free paper shredding event for county residents this weekend.

Household documents will be accepted Saturday, Sept. 13 from 9 a.m. to noon at Piedmont Church in Marietta. The event will only take paper products -- cardboard, plastic and other such items will not be accepted.

Attendees may also bring shoes to donate. Pairs of shoes should be bound or taped together.

Visit cobbcounty.org for more information about the event.

Piedmont Church is located at 570 Piedmont Road.

Kids encouraged to 'Plug into Nature'

Kids encouraged to 'Plug into Nature'

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has brought back its Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest for 2014.

This year's theme is Plug into Nature, emphasizing the importance of experiencing wildlife and plants firsthand.

All Georgia students in grades kindergarten through 5 are invited to enter the contest. The top 12 winners' posters will be displayed on the DNR's Flickr site and at the Go Fish Education Center in Perry during the first two weeks in May.

Contest entries are due Apr. 16. Three winners will be picked in four categories (kindergarten, grades 1-2, grades 3-4, grade 5).

Visit georgiawildlife.com for more information about the contest.

GEMA: Georgians should prepare as hurricane season hurries in

GEMA: Georgians should prepare as hurricane season hurries in

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Emergency Management Agency stresses the importance of safety just before Hurricane Preparedness Week hits. 

During the week, May 26 - June 1, education will be offered to all residents through Georgia who plan to camp outdoors, throw cookouts and spend time at the lakes or in the backyard. Severe weather can make its way here anytime, a Ready Georgia spokeswoman said, which puts Georgians at risk statewide.

Documents, shoes to be collected in Cobb County

Documents, shoes to be collected in Cobb County

MARIETTA, Ga. -- There is a Document Shredding Day and shoe collection coming up for Cobb residents.

On March 16, Keep Cobb Beautiful will work from 9:00 a.m. - noon at Piedmont Church in Marietta. That morning, workers will be on hand to take household documents and gently worn shoes. The documents will be shredded at no cost, and with no weight limits. However, they will not take large clips or binders. The shoes, which should be tied together, will be donated to those in need.

Iron Mountain, Shoe Box Recycling and Piedmont Church are partnering up for the event. 

Volunteers invited to help plant trees at Whitaker park

Volunteers invited to help plant trees at Whitaker park

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Volunteers of all ages are invited to help plant trees at Whitaker Park in Marietta on Saturday morning from 8:30 - 11:00.

According to a City of Marietta official, volunteers may arrive a bit early, as doughnuts and beverages will be provided. Tools will also be provided, but volunteers are welcome to bring their own from home, as well as gloves.

Whitaker Park is located at 1540 Holcomb Lake Road, off Scufflegrit Road, south of Sandy Plains Road.

For more information, call (770) 424-4664.

15 counties must clean their air

15 counties must clean their air

ATLANTA -- Air Quality Awareness Week recently came to a close, and 15 metro Atlanta counties didn't quite make the clean air cut.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently changed its standards of attainment for ozone standards from .08 parts per billion to .075 parts.

The change means that 15 formerly compliant counties were re-designated at nonattainment for ground-level ozone: Bartow, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Newton, Paulding and Rockdale.

To clean up the air, residents can try carpooling to work or taking MARTA if possible; fewer cars on the roads means more breathable air for everyone in metro Atlanta.

Learn more about how to reduce emissions and cut down on ozone at www.cleanaircampaign.org.

Hundreds needed for 'Day of Action' to keep Cobb beautiful

Hundreds needed for 'Day of Action' to keep Cobb beautiful

This year, Keep America Beautiful selected 10 top performing affiliates to participate in the Great American Cleanup Day of Action. Keep Cobb Beautiful was selected as one of those 10 nationwide and will host three project sites Saturday, April 28. The theme is #GreenStartsHere and 400 volunteers, age 13 and older, are needed.

Site 1: Wallace Park – Cleanup and Revitalization (9 a.m.–3 p.m.)
Base Address: 6289 Pisgah Road, Mableton
Volunteers needed: more than 100

Site 2: Mitchell Lane Cleanup (9 a.m.–5 p.m.)
Base Address: area surrounding/adjacent to 4845 Mitchell Lane, Austell
Volunteers needed: more than 150

Site 3: Six Flags Neighborhood Clean Sweep (9 a.m.–2 p.m.)
Base Address: 875 Six Flags Drive, Austell
Volunteers needed: 100