Kid’s Recycle Day takes place every year at Live Thrive Atlanta’s Center for Hard to Recycle Material (CHaRM) facility and focuses on mobilizing kids throughout Metro Atlanta to actively engage in recycling and reusing items – ultimately benefiting the environment. The goal of the event is for families and kids to go into their rooms and gather things they no longer need or are hard to recycle. Some examples could include paper, art projects, art supplies, books, clothes, sports equipment, musical instruments, bikes, helmets, and electronics and bring them to CHaRM.
Kid’s Recycle Day offers a fun day for everyone! After dropping off items to recycle, people enjoyed activities and booths including arts and crafts with recycled materials by WonderRoot Creative Reuse, native wildlife encounters by Atlanta Wild Animal Rescue Effort (AWARE), DIY organic body scrubs with IWI Fresh Farm-to-Skin Spa Green Girls, Dirt Bags with CompostNow, family fun games with Fulton County Environmental Education Group, yummy popsicles by King of Pops, food, drinks and more! They also announced the winners of the poetry and plastic bag contest in partnership with A Bag’s Life.
Youth volunteers who signed up for service through Pebble Tossers began by taking an informational tour of the facility with Peggy Whitlow Ratcliffe, Live Thrive Atlanta’s Executive Director. This information helped the volunteers to understand recycling processes for the different materials so they could assist with accepting donating items. Our team was stationed at the cardboard recycling area getting it ready for the bin. We also assisted with helping people who were recycling all kinds of electronics.
CHaRM 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. CHaRM accepts a wider range of items than typical curbside recycling and provides educational sessions about the importance of proper disposal of hard to recycle materials. Some of the items they will recycle include paint, tires, hazardous chemicals, electronics, styrofoam, toilets, metal, mattresses, carpet, textiles, batteries, and glass.