Two local organizations are teaming up with Buckhead’s Atlanta City Council representatives Howard Shook and Yolanda Adrean for an eco-friendly way to do spring cleaning,
Livable Buckhead Inc. and Live Thrive, Inc. will collect hazardous household waste like pesticides, pool chemicals, old computers and expired medications to ensure they are disposed of properly.
The collection is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for March 25-26 at 92 West Paces Ferry Road. The two-day collection is meant for residents and businesses in Buckhead. Businesses showing proof of their location can bring electronics, paper to be shredded and printer cartridges to be disposed of on March 25.
On March 26, 500 Buckhead residents who are preregistered and can show proof of residency will be welcome to bring in medications, paint, electronics and paper for recycling. Hazardous materials will not be accepted from commercial participants.
Peggy Radcliffe, executive director of Live Thrive, said the program is designed to supplement curbside recycling in Atlanta. Buckhead had a strong turnout in a similar event held last fall at Atlantic Station.
“The Buckhead ZIP codes were at the top of the list of people who participated,” she said.
Online pre-registration is required to participate in the event. Radcliffe said registration for the event is necessary for traffic control.
Residents and business owners can register online at www.livablebuckhead.org. Eligible Zip Codes include 30305, 30309, 30318, 30319, 30324, 30326, 30327 and 30342.
Denise Starling executive director of the Buckhead Area Transportation Management Association and Liveable Buckhead, Inc., said that certificates will be issued for material that needs to be tracked after disposal. Organizers also kept in mind the handling of sensitive information, she said.
“They will actually destroy the hard drives on computers, and shredding will be done right on site,” Starling said.
Starling said Livable Buckhead grew out of the local transportation management association, which is funded through federal transportation and air quality money, which has been scarce.
“We are trying to see how we can maintain the organization, remain relevant and diversify to move forward,” she said. “We needed to be able to go after foundation and grant funding. Livable Buckhead is a 501(c)3 charitable organization.
Starling said that transportation is only one part of sustainability. “There are a lot of other parts of sustainability that are not being done in the community right now. Livable Buckhead’s platform can take on some of those other areas,” she added. “We are going to be focusing right out of the gate on green space and recycling.”
On March 26, Buckhead residents have a chance to easily and safely dispose of:
- unused paint
- important documents that need to be shredded
- paperback books
- printer cartridges
- household furnishings less than ten years old
- fluorescent light bulbs
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 25 and 26 people will be on site at 92 W. Paces Ferry Road to collect these items and either properly dispose or recycle them.
For more information visit online: www.livablebuckhead.org or www.livethrive.org