Live Thrive Atlanta’s Center for Hard to Recycle Materials Launches Monthly Pop-Ups in Buckhead June 29th

Staff Report From Metro Atlanta CEO

Thursday, May 16th, 2019

From half-used paint cans to old electronics, sometimes half of the challenge of getting organized is clearing out the old stuff. That’s why the Center for Hard to Recycle Materials (CHaRM) is heading to Buckhead to give locals the chance to recycle all sorts of items that are too bulky or hazardous for curbside recycling.

Beginning Saturday, June 29, Live Thrive Atlanta will host Buckhead CHaRM Day, a monthly pop-up recycling collection event at Peachtree Presbyterian Church (Lakeland Drive and Roswell Rd. NE, Atlanta 30305) in the Magnolia parking lot from 8 a.m. to noon. This collection will repeat the last Saturday of every month.

“Our permanent CHaRM facility has been operating in Southeast Atlanta for more than four years now, and we have diverted over 250,000 tons of harmful materials from landfills,” said Peggy Whitlow-Ratcliffe, executive director and founder of Live Thrive Atlanta, the nonprofit organization that operates CHaRM. “We want to offer many of these same services to residents in northern areas of the city, so we’re kicking off these monthly collections in easy-to-access Buckhead. Our goal is to continue reaching into other areas of the city and to one day have a permanent home on the northside to complement our southside location.”

While aluminum cans and cardboard are easy to put out at the curb on recycling day, Buckhead CHaRM Day will collect a wider variety of items, many of which cannot be recycled curbside. This includes:

Latex paint (no flammables, first 50 pounds per family are free, each additional pound is $.25)

Electronics (all electronics are accepted free of charge other than TVs and computer monitors, which are $15 each)

Mattresses ($10 fee)

Furniture in usable condition

Textiles and household goods

Plastic #1, 2 and 5


Paper (mixed, office)

Plastic film

Glass (food-grade glass only)