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Public Education
Recognizing that one of the most effective ways to reach the public is through community involvement, Gwinnett County has a variety of information and education programs designed to encourage environmentally responsible behavior at home, school, and work.

Getting the information where it is most effective has been a truly cooperative effort by the Stormwater Management, the Environmental and Heritage Center, the Gwinnett Extension Service, the Department of Environmental Health, Collections and Distributions, Planning and Development, Parks and Recreation, Adopt-A-Stream, Gwinnett Schools and other State and Federal Agencies.

Water Workshops

The DWR 2018 Workshop Calendar is now available.  Click here to view.

The schedule shows both Water Conservation and Water Quality workshops. Water Conservation workshop attendees will receive a water conservation kit for indoor or outdoor fixtures.  By participating in one of our Water Quality workshops, attendees from unincorporated Gwinnett or city of Lilburn may be eligible to receive a 5% credit on their Stormwater Utility Fee. (Click here for more information.)

Pre-Registration is recommended for DWR Workshops.  There are three simple ways to register.

  • Click here for online registration.  
  • Click here to send an email.  Please include your name, address and telephone number.
  • Call 678.376.7193.If you leave a message, please include your name, address and telephone number.

DWR invites you to our FREE April workshops! 

Household Hazardous Waste
At this workshop you will learn how to identify, manage, and dispose of household hazardous waste (HHW) in your home. 

Date:  April 12
Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm 
Location: Lilburn City Hall, 340 Main St., Lilburn 30047

Rain Gardens (Outdoors)*
This workshop is a hands-on learning experience on how to create rain gardens.  Attendees will learn the practical and aesthetic benefits of having a rain garden, as well as the most beneficial locations to place it.

  April 17
Time:  4:00pm - 5:30pm 
Location: Gwinnett Tech Horticultural Garden, 5150 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Lawrenceville 30043

*Please note:  This workshop will be held outside. In the event of inclement weather, outdoor workshops may be moved or rescheduled.  Information on relocated or rescheduled workshops will be provided 24-hours in advance on this page.

Pre-Registration is recommended for DWR Workshops.  Click here to register for our FREE workshops. 

What to Know about "Flushables"

Gwinnett County sewerage system is designed to dispose of very specific things:  water, toilet paper and human waste. 

Many things you may think are “flushable” do not disperse or break apart once they are in our sanitary sewer system.  As these non-dispersibles collect in the sewer pipe, they can eventually cause blockages that can lead to sanitary sewer backups or overflows.

Using the toilet as a trashcan can result in clogged pipes, tangled pumps and messy sewer backups into creeks, streets, businesses and homes. These backups are harmful to the environment and costly for homeowners and utilities. 

What not to flush:

  • Keys & Cell Phones (but we bet you knew that!)
  • Baby wipes and diapers
  • Facial cleansing cloths
  • Bathroom cleaning wipes
  • Rags and towels
  • Cotton swabs
  • Dental floss
  • Syringes
  • Candy and other food wrappers
  • Clothing labels
  • Cleaning sponges
  • Toys
  • Plastic items of any description
  • Aquarium gravel or kitty litter
  • Rubber items such as latex gloves
  • Cigarette butts
  • Sanitary napkins
  • Hair
  • Disposable underwear
  • Disposable toilet brushes


Learn More

Protecting your property:  Backups can happen not only in the county’s system, but your home’s plumbing as well.  Click here for more information.

Toilet paper vs. wipes:  Consumer Reports created a video showing how quickly toilet paper breaks apart.  Click here to watch.