CHaRM 1 Alex Wan Peggy Whitlow-Ratcliffe Nicholas Niespodziani

From left, District 6 Atlanta City Councilman Alex Wan, Live Thrive Atlanta Executive Director Peggy Whitlow-Ratcliffe and board president Nicholas Niespodziani at the April 2015 opening of the Center for Hard-to-Recycle Materials’ first location.

In its quest to bring a second facility to Buckhead, the Center for Hard-to-Recycle Materials (CHaRM) is at least doing so on a temporary basis.

Starting June 29, Live Thrive Atlanta, the nonprofit behind the center, is hosting Buckhead CHaRM Day, a monthly popup recycling event at Peachtree Presbyterian Church’s Magnolia parking lot (at the corner of Lakeland Drive and Roswell Road) in Buckhead. It will take place from 8 a.m. to noon the last Saturday of each month at least through October.

“The demand for us to have a location in Buckhead happens daily, so we’re trying to temporarily service those people while still looking for a permanent location in the north (part of Atlanta),” said Peggy Whitlow-Ratcliffe, Live Thrive Atlanta’s executive director.

CHaRM is a facility that can recycle items such as glass, furniture, used paint cans, old electronics, mattresses, Styrofoam and batteries, all of which are not accepted by regular curbside recycling services. In a news release, Whitlow-Ratcliffe said it has diverted over 250,000 tons of harmful materials from landfills.

CHaRM opened its first facility on Hill Street in southeast Atlanta in 2015, with plans to eventually have centers in each of the city’s four quadrants. The second one is planned for northeast Atlanta, in Buckhead. In June Live Thrive was close to reaching an agreement with Simon Properties to lease a lot by Lenox Square mall for its second facility, but the deal fell through due to the lease term.

Whitlow-Ratcliffe, a Buckhead resident, said she’s excited to introduce CHaRM to the community, even if it’s on a monthly basis.

“Hopefully someone will direct us in finding a (permanent) location,” she said.

Whitlow-Ratcliffe said it’s been “a challenge” to find land to lease in Buckhead for CHaRM’s second facility.

“What we’re doing right now is looking at a feasibility study to do a capital campaign, to possibly purchase our own site,” she said.

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