Published on August 3rd, 2016 |


N. Atlanta permanent center for hard-to-recycle materials now in serious talks

Atlanta City Councilman Alex Wan told the board of Neighborhood Planning Unit-B Tuesday night that he is in serious discussions with the city’s chief operating officer and Department of Public Works to find a north Atlanta location for a permanent Center for Hard to Recycle Materials.

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.

This was the second time since April that Wan, who’s District 6 includes a portion of southeast Buckhead, discussed the potential for a CHaRM-like location in a location that would better serve Buckhead residents and deal with the issue of glass recycling—sooner rather than later.

During his April visit to NPU-B, Wan responded to a question from the audience concerning a north Atlanta center for collection of hard to recycle materials saying there had been some initial talks about locating such a facility possibly at Armour Circle or off of Cheshire Bridge Road.

But at the time, Wan told the audience that the city’s recycling vendor does pick up glass containers—which has become an issue with many recycling vendors–and the glass can be placed right in the blue recycling carts.

He indicated the city’s vendor separated out the glass so that it goes through a legitimate glass recycling process and does not end up in a landfill.

On Tuesday night (Aug. 2), however, Wan said he had been mistaken in April and that the city’s vendor simply breaks up the glass put in recycling bins and sends it to the landfill.

Wan said after discovering this, he has become seriously engaged in discussions with the city’s COO and the management of the city’s Department of Public Works to better deal with the recycling of glass and other hard to recycle materials.

He told the NPU-B board Tuesday the efforts are to find a location in north Atlanta to place a CHaRM like facility, so that Buckhead residents would not have to drive to the south Atlanta CHaRM facility to properly recycle materials such as glass and hazardous household waste.

He said his preference would be to have LiveThrive Atlanta, the non-profit organization that operates the CHaRM facility in south Atlanta, run the facility rather than the city.

City Councilman Alex Wan

Councilman Alex Wan

At a meeting on Wednesday, Livable Buckhead Executive Director Denise Starling and Sally Silver, who works in the office of Dist. 7 City Councilman Howard Shook, both confirmed that serious discussions are underway concerning a north Atlanta CHaRM-type center.

Councilman Wan co-sponsored with City Councilwoman Carla Smith the legislation to open the south Atlanta CHaRM, which serves as a year-round recycling and hazardous waste collection facility for all city of Atlanta residents.

The center, which is located at 1110 Hill Street SE, is operated Tuesday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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