Buckhead residents will travel to dispose of recyclable materials, Keep Atlanta Beautiful learned.
So, four months ago, the nonprofit expanded its presence into the community and says the response has been overwhelming.
Residents can bring electronics, paper to shred, Styrofoam, and latex paint to Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church the first Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Keep Atlanta Beautiful Executive Director Peggy Denby said after the group opened the Buckhead drop-off point about four months ago, the news of the more convenient location spread within weeks.
On Aug. 4, more than 200 vehicles arrived loaded down with recyclables. When it first began, there were 40, she said.
“You can see how it’s quickly growing,” Denby said. “Everything else is growing along with it.”
The group has held a monthly drop off in the Old Fourth Ward at The Walden School building. Group members noticed it drew from neighborhoods throughout the city, but particularly from Buckhead.
Brent Brown, Atlanta District 7 City Councilman Howard Shook’s appointment to the Keep Atlanta Beautiful Board, said moving to Buckhead made sense.
“Buckhead was our next natural choice and it was just due to demand, no other reason but demand, and it continues to grow and be very successful for us,” Brown said.
Tom Jack, administrator at Second-Ponce de Leon, said the church is glad to provide the venue. The traffic doesn’t disrupt the church’s Saturday programs and the volunteers keep the drivers moving through, he said.
“It’s a very quick process,” Jack said. “People are ready to start when we are, at 10 a.m.”
Keep Atlanta Beautiful is a nonprofit group and all of the vendors collecting the material are for-profit, Denby said.
Atlanta Paint Disposal gives the nonprofit 50 gallons of recycled paint a month. It goes to the Department of Corrections. Inmates use it to paint over graffiti on walls, she said.
“Anybody in the city who needs it, I can get them paint,” Denby said. “That’s full circle there.”
Dart Container Corp. collects the Styrofoam and processes it for recycling. Denby said it’s rare for a drop-off location to collect the material.
The recycling program is the most high-profile of Keep Atlanta Beautiful’s efforts in Buckhead, but there are other things going on.
The group recently placed two heavy duty trashcans in the area, one at the CVS Pharmacy on Peachtree Street and the other on Peachtree Street at Peachtree Hills.
Keeping litter off the streets is one of the group’s primary missions.
Brown said the trash cans aren’t cheap either, costing hundreds of dollars. Brookwood Hills Neighborhood Association provided money for the trashcan by the CVS.
“They’re weighted, they’re very strong, they’re big,” Brown said. “They’re designed to take a lot of abuse and you also want them to look pretty.”
The group is mostly self-funded, Brown said, meaning that residents in Buckhead and beyond can expect to see more of the group in places where it is not as familiar.
The initiatives, like the successful recycling program, help the group’s fundraising efforts, he said.
“The group’s branching out more, becoming involved in different things,” Brown said.