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Published on April 20th, 2016 |

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CHaRM to collect textiles at Sutton Middle School; ‘ecodepot’ is April 23

Atlanta City Councilmember Michael Julian Bond and partners from the Center for Hard to Recycle Materials (CHaRM), Atlanta Public Schools and MARTA have announced a citywide program centered on recycling textile products. The program will include a collection bin at Sutton Middle School, 2875 Northside Drive, N.W in Buckhead.CHaRM logo 2

Items residents are encouraged to recycle include: old/worn or used fabrics/clothing, pillows and other bedding material, curtains and towels. For more information, call Councilman Bond’s office at (404) 330-6770.

Meanwhile, City Councilmember Carla Smith’s annual “ecodepot” event, Atlanta’s largest recycling event, will take place from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 23rd, at the CHaRM facility, located at 1110 Hill Street, S.E.

The one-day event is now in its 13th year. It has allowed city residents to dispose of recyclable materials and divert thousands of pounds of household hazardous waste, and other hard to recycle items from Atlanta’s water supplies and landfills.

“I am proud that we have continued this event for more than a decade,” Smith said. “It has become a day when residents look forward to discarding items such as electronics, paint and so many

A building on the south Atlanta location for the new permanent CHaRM recycling facility.

A building on the south Atlanta location for the new permanent CHaRM recycling facility.

other recyclable items in an environmentally friendly way.”

Councilmember Smith and her colleague Councilmember Alex Wan sponsored legislation to open CHaRM, which serves as a year-round recycling and hazardous waste collection facility for all city of Atlanta residents. The center is operated by LiveThrive Atlanta.

The idea of opening a year-round recycling facility for residents grew out of Smith’s commitment to hosting an annual large scale one-day recycling event starting in 2003.

Items accepted during ecodepot include: electronics, glass, clothing, tires, paint (oil/latex-based), pesticides, expired medications, batteries, chemicals/pesticides, fats/cooking oil/grease, fluorescent bulbs (including CFL’s), mattresses, plastic bags/wrap, styrofoam and paper for shredding and more. Some items require a disposal fee.

For a full list of items that will be accepted visit: http://livethrive.org/charm

NOTE: Due to construction on Hill Street, travelers outside of southeast Atlanta should use the I-20 at Boulevard exit and travel south on Boulevard to Englewood Avenue, and Englewood Avenue to Hill Street and make a right turn to avoid detours. The CHaRM facility will be located on the right.

Herb Joseph of Atlanta Public Schools, Peggy Whitlow- Radcliffe of CHaRM, Councilman Michael Julian Bond, John Bayalis of MARTA announced a recycling partnership at Atlanta City Hall.

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