After finishing a move or home improvement project, Atlantans are usually left with extra paint, light bulbs and other materials that are difficult to recycle and potentially harmful to the environment.
The leaders of Live Thrive Atlanta, a nonprofit whose mission is to create healthy and sustainable environments, are working to change that.
To raise funds to establish the Center for Hard to Recycle Materials, or CHaRM, Monday Night Brewing is hosting Rock 4 Live Thrive, a benefit Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. featuring a performance by Yacht Rock Revue, a silent auction, food trucks and samples of the brewery’s finest selections.
Tickets cost $25 each or $40 for two and include six tastes of Monday Night’s beer or wine at the brewery’s west Buckhead location off Howell Mill Road. Peggy Whitlow Radcliffe, founder of Live Thrive Atlanta, said building a center where people can drop off items that they don’t want ending up in a landfill is a major effort toward creating a healthy and sustainable environment. Over the last four years, Live Thrive Atlanta has collected more than 300,000 pounds of household hazardous waste and bulky items at only seven events with about 2,500 attendees, diverting these materials from the city’s water system and landfills.
But Radcliffe said more can be done if a centrally located, full-time drop-off facility is established, rather than making Atlantans wait for a special recycling event.
“Having a full-time drop-off center would make so much more sense and have so much of a greater impact for the citizens of Atlanta,” she said.
She said people would be welcome to drop off old paint, chemicals, electronics and a slew of other items. The facility would also be able to redistribute to local nonprofits items that are suitable for reuse, including sports equipment and clothing.
Buckhead resident Boyd Leake, a volunteer with Live Thrive, said the recycling center would be a “wonderful thing” for Buckhead and Midtown residents. “I’ve [renovated] a house in the past year and you end up with all kinds of things you hate to put on the curb and don’t want to go in a landfill — timber, toilets, paint. There are so few places that will take those things,” the environmental consultant said. “If there’s some place people can take these items and have them be reused, what a wonderful option.”
Radcliffe said she has her eye on a few centrally located spots for the facility but needs about $150,000 to open the doors. She said she hopes to be able to raise the needed funds to open the center next spring.
“Most people want to do the right thing; it’s just that they need the opportunity,” Radcliffe said.
“We just need the facility to be able to do it. Hopefully by this time next year, it will be running like crazy.”
If you go:
o What: Rock 4 Live Thrive fundraiser
o When: Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m.
o Where: Monday Night Brewing, 670 Trabert Ave., west Buckhead
o Cost: $25 per person, $40 per couple
o Information: www.livethrive.org
Staff / Samantha M. Shal / From left, Nicholas Niespodziani, Peggy Whitlow Ratcliffe, Jonathan Baker and Peter Olson.