By Julia Turner

Currently, Georgia law does not ban landfill disposal of e-waste – computers, printers, televisions, etc. – coming from residential sources.  although some landfills will not accept them. The improper disposal of these items, which contains such toxic substances as lead and mercury, may have serious implications on public health and the health of our environment.

The Keep Atlanta Beautiful Community Recycling Center (KCRC) has opened in the Old Fourth Ward community to help combat the problem. Frequent recyclers might remember that KAB was originally collecting e-waste at the Grady High School parking on Saturdays. The popularity of the event, meant the program would have to find a space of its own.

Luckily, around this time the recycling manager from Atlanta Public Schools joined the KAB advisory board for the program and was able to find a new location to set up the center: Walden Middle School. The school, located at 320 Irwin Street, is no longer in use, which has made all the difference on drop-off days, especially now that the center accepts a wider range of items for recycling.

The Community Recycling Center now accepts paper and post consumer polystyrene, commonly known as Styrofoam, at its new location in the O4W. Global Document Shredding is handling the paper shredding, Dart Container Corporation collects the Styrofoam drop-offs and Creative Recycling Solutions, an EPA certified recycling company which collects the e-waste, recycles nearly 10,000 pounds per month of obsolete computers, monitors, handheld devices, TVs and more at the monthly event.

This month, the center will be collecting old phonebooks as part of AT&T’s Project ReDirectory and is now accepting old paint, which will be reconstituted and used by KAB to use for graffiti clean-up and cover at local parks.

Collection days are now every second Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. More information can be found at keepatlantabeautiful.org.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.