Did you know you've got a hazardous waste site in your garage? Or under the kitchen sink. Scary, but true. We use some serious chemicals and solvents in homes and they often get pushed to the back of the cabinets or placed on a shelf in the back corner of the garage–hidden or forgotten. But, these chemicals can pose a serious health risk for us or for the environment. We inherently know these toxins can't be thrown away, so they pile up and congregate into a personal chemical waste site.
To remedy this problem, cities and counties often hold Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Events. These events are expensive ($50,000 to $60,000) and are often paid for by county waste fees. Of course, this means that only those from within the jurisdiction can participate. LiveThrive Atlanta is an non-profit that works with the City of Atlanta to host Household Hazardous Waste events. LiveThrive is currently seeking funding to open a permanent, self-sustaining facility that will accept Household Hazardous Waste.
The facility will be called CHaRM, for Center for Hard to Recycle Materials. In addition to Household Hazardous Waste it will accept hard to recycle items, like tires and matresses. It will also take reusable items. It will be a once-stop-drop-off-recycle-reuse site. Nice! Please donate to help ensure this facility becomes a reality. Watch the video and donate here.
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