We’ve all been there – you’re cleaning out the closet, and you come across that old phone charger that won’t charge anything these days or your printer that’s long outdated, and you’re stuck. These aren’t the most useful items to donate, and surely they don’t belong in the garbage, but they also seem out of place next to your glass bottles and cardboard in this week’s recycling.
As of April 18, the place you need is now open in Atlanta: The Center for Hard to Recycle Materials. CHaRM, as it’s known, is Atlanta’s first permanent facility to recycle those household items straddling that confusing line between recycling and trash. Styrofoam? Check. Printer cartridges? Yep. Furniture? Sure! CHaRM accepts these items and more, such as batteries, textiles, light bulbs and other household items completely free. For a small fee (ranging from $2 to $10, depending on the item), the center can also accept gallons of old paint, electronics, tires, mattresses, appliances, toilets, thermometers, smoke detectors and more.
And the best part of CHaRM? you can make it a one-stop-shop and also drop off your shoes, books, musical instruments, sports equipment, bikes and more, which the center will distribute to local nonprofits and other groups in need. The moral of the story here is to think before you toss something because now, more likely than not, you have a better option than the trash. Drop off your recyclables and donations on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Details: 1110 Hill St., Atlanta, GA, livethrive.org