Ground breaking held for hard to recycle materials facility

The groundbreaking for the CHaRM facility was held this morning, which is also America Recycles Day.
The groundbreaking for the CHaRM facility was held this morning, which is also America Recycles Day. (Courtesy Live Thrive)

Live Thrive Atlanta in partnership with the Atlanta City Council held a groundbreaking ceremony this morning, Nov. 15, for CHaRM, a Center for Hard to Recycle Materials. The CHaRM facility, located at 1110 Hill Street in Chosewood Park, will serve residents by providing a permanent drop-off facility for recyclables and harmful items that are not accepted in the current curbside recycling program. These types of items include paint, polystyrene (Styrofoam), pesticides, chemicals, light bulbs, clothing, shoes, mattresses, tires, batteries, carpet, etc. CHaRM will also collect single stream recyclables.

CHaRM will offer educational opportunities to community organizations about the importance of proper disposal/recycling of hard to recycle materials. Schools will also be targeted to explain the impact that these items may have on the environment if not properly handled.

Councilmember Carla Smith, who jointly sponsored legislation with Councilmember Alex Wan, said “I have been a long time champion for the proper disposal of hard to recycle materials in District 1 and Atlanta. I am happy to partner with Live Thrive on this project. Live Thrive has worked with us for years during my annual Electronic Recycling events. I know that this partnership will do well for Atlanta residents.”

The CHaRM facility is expected to be operational in January and will  a “Bring One for the Chipper” Christmas tree recycling event on Jan. 3. Residents can also bring cardboard boxes, styrofoam and used electronics.

For more about CHaRM visit livethrive.org/charm.