By C. Julia Nelson

Waste not; want not.

Keep North Fulton Beautiful (KNFB) is hopeful that citizens in Sandy Springs, Milton and Johns Creek want not to create more waste, but rather want to join in the effort to keep recyclable products out of landfills.

In honor of Earth Day, KNFB rounded up a couple dozen volunteers on April 19 from the Sandy Springs Kiwanis, Waste Management, Iron Mountain and Peachtree Road United Methodist Church to facilitate a citywide recycling day at the Morgan Falls Recycling Center, located at 470 Morgan Falls Road.

KNFB will also host a Bulky Recycling event on Saturday June 14 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Morgan Falls Park near the athletic fields. Items to be collected include computers, tires, furniture, bicycles and appliances.

The Morgan Falls Recycling Center is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Proceeds from the center benefit KNFB.

With a $5,000 grant provided by Waste Management, the April 19 event was held in concert with the 2008 Great American Clean-Up, sponsored by the Keep America Beautiful campaign. Citizens from Sandy Springs and the surrounding areas were encouraged to deliver their recyclables to volunteers for them to sort.

“Keep North Fulton Beautiful is proud to be a part of the Great American Cleanup,” KNFB Executive Director Kathy Reed said.

Sandy Springs Mayor Eva Galambos made a visit to the site to share her appreciation for the recycling effort and to support the non-profit organization, which relies heavily on community support.

As part of the days’ activities, KNFB honored two Sandy Springs residents as “Environmental Heroes” for their volunteer service to the city: Charlie Roberts, president of the board for the Big Trees Nature Preserve and Nina Cramer, executive director for Trees Sandy Springs. Mayor Galambos offered accolades to both recipients, who were unable to be present in person.

“With lots of physical work and by rallying volunteers, Nina Cramer helped to mulch hundreds of trees in our city to help retain soil moisture and give the trees their best chance of survival,” Mayor Galambos said. “It is people like Nina Cramer that make Sandy Springs the vibrant community it is,” she added.

“Charlie has made certain that Big Trees has had an operating budget to allow for a director to keep the park in its pristine condition and to coordinate … volunteer groups … as well as providing educational programs,” Mayor Galambos said. “The city appreciates citizens like Charlie Roberts for his passion for the environment, preservation and for his dedication.”