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Where to Recycle All Your Stuff in Roswell

Here is the Roswell guide to recycling all of your old things, from paper and glass to clothes and toys, plus some things you can do to benefit local schools and charities.

Editor's Note: This article has been updated to correct misinformation and add new information, as well.

 

Need to find a new home for old computers, toys your kids have outgrown, or paint you're not going to use? Here is our guide to getting stuff out of your basement and into all the right places—that is, everywhere but the landfill. 

Find out how to recycle everything from cereal box tops to soda tabs in Roswell.

Clothing: Cleaning out your closet gives you the opportunity to help others in need or maybe even make some extra cash. Here are a list of places to donate, sell and recycle unwanted items from your wardrobe.

North Fulton Community Charities, 11270 Elkins Road

Hours: Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Sunday, 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Donated items go to benefit families in North Fulton both through services provided by NFCC and through shop vouchers.

Goodwill, 10885 Alpharetta Highway

Hours: Monday - Saturday, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Goodwill helps put people to work, provides job training services and keeps unwanted items out of landfills.

Plato's Closet, 10800 Alpharetta Highway

Buying hours: Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Sunday, 10 p.m. - 6 p.m.

The store will purchase unwanted newer styles of clothing to resell.

Atlanta Union Mission Thrift Store, 10800 Alpharetta Highway

Hours: Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Sunday, Closed

The store will resell donated items, including clothing, furniture, home items, toys and more.

Kids' Clothing & Toys: Whether you are looking to donate clothes or sell them for next year's school wardrobe fund, here are some local places you can get rid of the outgrown hand-me-downs from your kid's closet. And as your children get older and are gifted more toys, they outgrow certain playthings that can benefit less fortunate children. Also, consider donating to Toys for Tots, or go to www.donationtown.org to find out how you can get toys picked up from your home.

Once Upon a Child, 10800 Alpharetta Hwy #212

Hours: Monday - Saturday, 9:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Sunday, noon - 6 p.m.

Kids clothing, toys and equipment is purchased outright to resell in the store.

Lizards & Ladybugs, 1123 Alpharetta Street

Hours: Tuesday - Thursday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sunday - Monday, Closed

The children's consignment shop will consign gently used children's items, such as clothing, toys and equipment.

Electronics, Computers, Cellphones: Even though that old computer and last year's iPhone seem outdated, there are plenty of people who could put them to good use. For example, many women’s shelters collect working cellphones for women in domestic abuse situations so they can call 911 if needed, explains HowStuffWorks.com. Here are some other examples of local organizations where you can donate, sell or recycle your used electronics.

Staples, 1125 Woodstock Road

Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Sunday, noon - 6 p.m.

The local store will "responsibly and securely recycle" old office technology products at no cost to you.

Roswell Recycling Center, 11570 Maxwell Road

Hours: Monday - Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The center is open to everyone, not just city of Roswell residents. The best way to get the most up-to-date information on what they accept can be found in a brochure on the city of Roswell's website.

Household Goods: Ever go through your garage and wonder why you have so many flyswatters, toasters and gardening gloves? Consider bartering them online or donating to the following local organizations.

Freecycle.org - Sign up to create a profile and give away or get items in Roswell.

Craigslist.org - Buy, sell, or give away items in the Atlanta area on this extensive site.

Furniture: Even though you think you can never have one too many end tables, chances are, they will get tucked away into a hall closet and be forgotten in months. To give yourself more storage space, consider donating or selling your old furniture to the places below. 

See recommended websites and thrift stores above.

Waste and Recycling:

Paint: It's safe to dry out your leftover latex paint with kitty litter, dump it in the garbage and recycle the can. But, oil-based paints are actually considered hazardous, according to TheDailyGreen.com. Here are some ways you can safely discard the cans of paint taking up space in your garage.

Roswell Recycling Center, 11570 Maxwell Road

Hours: Monday - Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The center only accepts Latex paint and only from Roswell residents.

APD Paint Disposal, 4672 Sandy Plains Road

Hours: Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Sunday, Closed

APD accepts lacquer, varnish, latex paint, wood stain and oil-based paint.

Paper Shredding Services: Looking for a way to get rid of old documents but don't want to risk someone seeing your private information? Here are some paper shredding services nearby.

Roswell Recycling Center, 11570 Maxwell Road

Monday through Friday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for Roswell residents only

Keep Roswell Beautiful/City of Roswell ShredFest - offered at specific times throughout the year. Check the website for upcoming dates available.

Newspapers, Magazines and Other Paper: According to environment.about.com, recycling one ton of paper can save 17 trees, 7,000 gallons of water, 380 gallons of oil, 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space and 4,000 kilowatts of energy. Here are some ways you can recycle the old mail, used magazines and last week's newspaper that are cluttering your counters and coffee tables. 

Roswell Recycling Center, 11570 Maxwell Road

Hours: Monday - Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Roswell United Methodist Church, 814 Mimosa Boulevard

Hours: 24-hour drop off site.

Look for the green and red SP Recycling Bin in the parking lot.

Plastic: According to Earth911.com, recycling 1 ton of plastic saves 7.4 cubic yards of landfill space. While it's pretty easy to recycle bottles in town, other plastic items can be tricky. However, many grocery stores offer recycling programs for plastic bags and product wraps. Here a list of nearby places where you can recycle plastic items from your home.

Roswell Recycling Center, 11570 Maxwell Road

Hours: Monday - Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The center is open to everyone.

Glass:  Glass is a very efficient material to recycle, because it takes much less energy and money to recycle the material than to make it from scratch, according to curiosity.discovery.com. Here is a list of ways to get rid of empty wine bottles, condiment jars and other glass products in town.

Roswell Recycling Center, 11570 Maxwell Road

Hours: Monday - Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The center is open to everyone.

Recycling for Charities & Schools:

Soda Can Tabs: Many charitable organizations such as Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) collect soda pop tabs in fund raising efforts. After the tabs are collected, they bring them to local recycling centers where they are weighed to determine their value. The recycling center then sends the local RMHC chapter a check for the total value.

Cereal Box Tops: A lot of schools collect these to make money for their PTAs and other organizations. Every little bit helps. You can find a list of participating products here.

What did we miss? Tell us where you're recycling, reselling and donating your gently used items.  

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