See here for other America Recycles Day events in and around Atlanta in coming days.
The textile recycling event is for city residents and employees and will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Some of the items accepted include:
• Clothing, Shoes, Belts
• Bedding (sheets and pillow cases) and Towels
• Stuffed Toys
• Carpet and Fabric Scraps
Other City of Atlanta recycling drop-off locations for:
Cardboard (large amounts):
• Lakewood Substation, 128 Claire Drive, SE
• Liddell Substation, 1540 Northside Drive, NW
• Hartsfield Facility, 2175 James Jackson Parkway NW, 404-794-2422. Residents may drop off electronic appliances such as televisions, microwaves, computers, monitors, and fluorescent bulbs.
Thursday's downtown recycling event comes just a few weeks after Mayor Kasim Reed announced that the City had been awarded a $25,000 grant to engage volunteers in the city’s recycling initiative. The grant came from Cities of Service, a bipartisan coalition of mayors committed to using service as a strategy, with funding from Bloomberg Philanthropies.
Atlanta is one of 18 U.S. cities to be awarded a grant to support mayors who are harnessing the power of volunteers in a strategic way to address problems in their communities.
“As mayor, I see civic engagement and volunteerism as an integral part of our city’s rich and diverse heritage,” Mayor Reed said in a news release.
The Cities of Service model focuses on “impact volunteering” – volunteer strategies that target community needs, use best practices, and set clear outcomes and measures to gauge progress. Dozens of cities across the nation have adopted the model since its introduction in 2009.
Using this approach, New York City has coated more than 4 million square feet of rooftops to reduce carbon emissions by 745 metric tons, Nashville has upgraded more than 240 homes to increase energy efficiency and help the city recover from historic floods, and Pittsburgh has removed 20,000 pounds of litter to revitalize its neighborhoods.
Atlanta’s $25,000 grant will go towards educating and mobilizing a community-wide volunteer team that will work with at least 6,500 citizens to improve their recycling habits, increase the percentage of households recycling and reduce the tonnage of valuable recyclables that would otherwise end up in landfills.