MARIETTA, GA - Cobb County Fleet Management (CCFM) in Marietta, Ga., has joined the National Partnership for Environmental Priorities (NPEP) and is committed to using environmentally safe, lead-free wheel weights, and implementing recycled lead wheel weights its existing fleet of automobiles and trucks used in daily operations, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

CCFM anticipates that 2,500 lbs. of lead will be safely recycled, eliminating a potential toxic pollutant from posing a risk to human health and the environment.

The goal of NPEP is to reduce the use or release of 31 highly toxic, priority chemicals found in America's manufacturing processes. It has established a National Waste Minimization Goal to act as a measurement of program success. The goal is to work with industry and the public to reduce the use or release of 4 million pounds of priority chemicals by 2011.

Cobb County Fleet Management has more than 35 employees, servicing over 1,725 vehicles from police cars to motorgraders.