Goodbye, Old Paint...

Spring cleaning mission fulfilled, thanks to Livable Buckhead's Eco-Collection event

Our house is less cluttered now, and that's a good feeling.

This fine spring morning, my wife and I loaded up my car with cans of old paint, a jug of antifreeze, outdated medicine and abandoned electronics equipment to take to Livable Buckhead's Eco-Collection event. We also filled a garbage bag with documents for shredding.

Those left-over cans from house paintings past have been sitting in the carport storage room for years, but now they're gone. One of the friendly volunteers who helped unload the paint from my car said that it will be remixed and used in new ways.

The electronics stuff in the downstairs closet was a history of technology over the last 20 years or so. A cassette tape player. A bulky computer monitor and keyboard. VHS player. Speakers from when Dire Straits first made it big. Even a record turntable. All gone from the shelves and cheerfully removed from my car.

Livable Buckhesd's event was so well-organized that I was back at my house, my car empty, in about 30 minutes. No long lines, and I didn't even have to get out of the driver's seat as I visited different stations. Thanks to Livable Buckhead's Denise Starling and staff, and Buckhead city council members Howard Shook and Yolanda Adrean for sponsoring the eco-collection event for the second straight year.

Now that I'm back home, I'm seeing more stuff to recycle. If I went back, do you think they'd take my old golf clubs?

Did you recycle items at the Eco-Collection event? Tell us in Comments what you got rid of and what you thought about the experience.

Louis Mayeux March 24, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Comment from Gaylen Baxter on Facebook: Waiting in line there now. Great event but a lot slower than last year!
Louis Mayeux March 24, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Facebook comment from Meryl McMillan Dilcher: Just wish we had more of these collection events going on......we need them more often!
Louis Mayeux March 24, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Garson Drive location was much better than last year's on West Paces Ferry. I was surprised at how fast I went through, but I wondered if I went at a non-peak time. I went at late morning, when wasn't too busy. More recycling events definitely needed.
D Hunter March 25, 2012 at 11:47 AM
Went right before noon with one electronic item. Had to wait in the entrance line with all the paint drop offs before we could get to electronics so another open lane for "other than paint" would make things go faster. The folks were great and the system was otherwise good.
Louis Mayeux March 25, 2012 at 12:08 PM
D: Thanks for suggestion.


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