Paints and solvents are included in the the list of items you can bring to the recycling event. AJC FILE
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2 DeKalb cities unite to help you recycle hazardous waste for free

Two DeKalb County cities are joining forces to help residents safely dispose of waste that is too harmful to go with the rest of the trash.

Dunwoody and Chamblee are holding a free “hazardous waste recycling event” on Saturday, Aug. 24 at Plaza Fiesta in Chamblee, officials announced Wednesday.

Residents of either city can visit from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to drop off waste including aerosols, poisons, fluorescent or incandescent bulbs and paints.

Attendees are required to register online ahead of time. Dunwoody residents can register here, and Chamblee residents can visit this site.


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“We’re happy to come together to provide these services in one big event. This way, items that are toxic, flammable, reactive or corrosive don’t enter our environment and damage soil, groundwater and streams or cause harm to people and animals,” Rebecca Keefer, Chamblee’s planning and development special projects manager, said in a statement.

Plaza Fiesta is located at 4166 Buford Highway. The event will take place in the northeastern parking lot along Dresden Drive.

Here’s a full list of items that will be accepted for recycling:

  • Aerosols 
  • Adhesives, resins and epoxies 
  • Mercury debris/articles/devices 
  • Lawn Care products 
  • Automotive products 
  • Poisons (rat, rodent, insect repellents) 
  • Fluorescent or incandescent bulbs 
  • Non-DEA regulation pharmaceuticals 
  • Photo chemicals 
  • Hobby and artist supplies 
  • Paints and paint-related products 
  • Cleaners and swimming pool chemicals 
  • Pesticides 

Agricultural waste, bio-hazardous/biomedical waste, ammunition, explosives and radioactive materials will not be accepted, officials said.

If you’re not able to make it to this recycling event, the cities will hold another one on Oct. 13 at the Georgia State University campus in Dunwoody.

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