Clear out clutter in and around your home. Here are some of my favorite recycling opportunities in Atlanta. I have taken advantage of each one, and promise that you will feel so virtuous after having done it!
Latex paint may be put in the trash if you take these steps first:
- Add equal parts kitty litter to latex paint in the can (one part paint to one part kitty litter). If you have more than a half a can, you can also pour the paint into a lined cardboard box then pour in cat litter.
- Stir the cat litter into the paint until it has an oatmeal-like consistency that will not spill out.
- Allow the paint and cat litter mixture to sit for one hour.
- Throw the dried paint in the can in the garbage with the lid off.
Oil-based paint cans can be taken to your local paint store for easy recycling or you can arrange for pick up. Visit my post on how to recycle oil-based paint cans.
Before recycling your old laptop or desktop it is important to wipe it clean of all personal data. A tutorial if you want to do this yourself is here. For me, it’s entirely worth $15 to have the professionals at The Tech Savers do this for me. After wiping all data 7-8 times they will recycle the hardware.
Help Best Buy reach it’s goal. As the world’s largest retailer of consumer electronics, Best Buy plans to recycle 2 billion pounds of electronics by the end of 2020. Take your old cell phones, tvs, rechargeable batteries, video games, cameras, GPS systems and other electronics to any Best Buy store. Click here for more details and FAQs.
Fabric and Clothing
re:loom is a program of Initiative for Affordable Housing (IAH), a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization in Decatur. It’s mission is to provide permanent, affordable housing to homeless and low-income families in metro Atlanta, and more fundamentally, empower people to achieve independence. Weavers design and produce handmade products and lead a team of weavehouse volunteers. With a stable salary, 100% healthcare coverage, and opportunities to engage in the operation of the weavehouse, employees gain a financial foundation, leadership skills, and a sense of purpose and accomplishment. Click here to learn more about how to donate fabric and clothing to this wonderful cause.
In recent years, the Furniture Bank provided furniture to more than 4,000 people in need. Every piece we gave away was donated. Arranging a pick up is easy and so helpful to families making the transition out of homelessness. To learn more about the Furniture Bank click here. To arrange a pick up click here.
Leftover Home Improvement Supplies
Habitat for Humanity affiliates operate ReStores, which sell reusable and surplus building materials, furniture and appliances to the public. The proceeds fund local Habitat house construction. Cleaning out, down-sizing or just getting organized? Habitat for Humanity ReStore can help you declutter your home. We put the proceeds from selling your donations to good use by building homes and hope in your community and around the world. Though each Habitat ReStore is unique, most accept donations of household goods, furniture, appliances and building materials. Click donate to ReStore for the closest ReStore and more information on how to donate.
Miscellaneous Hard to Recycle Items
Atlanta’s CHArM facility recycles just about everything! CHaRM stands for The Center for Hard to Recycle Materials. It is a permanent drop-off facility that aims to improve our environmental health by encouraging reuse and diverting thousands of pounds of household hazardous waste, bulky trash and other hard to recycle items from Metro-Atlanta landfills and water systems. See my previous post on what they will accept.