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Where to Recycle All Your Stuff in Cartersville

Here is the Cartersville-Bartow County 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.

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 Cartersville:

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.

Where: Goodwill
When: Daily, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Cartersville's Goodwill store, which accepts donations, not only provides gently-used clothing at deep discounts, but also helps put people back to work with its Career Center.

Where: The Salvation Army
When: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Cartersville's Salvation Army, which accepts donations, is a Christian nonprofit that provides emergency financial assistance and other help to those in need, along with food and nutrition programs, worship services and character-building study.

Where: Psycho Sisters
Sell or trade mall brands, trendy labels, new samples and vintage clothing at Psycho Sisters consignment shop in downtown Cartersville.

Where: Karma Consignment & Boutique
At Karma, consign the latest in brand-name, gently-used clothing and accessories for teen and twenty-something guys and girls.

Other Cartersville thrift stores include Kings Upscale Resale and Sofi's Thrifty Fashions & Consignment.

Kids' Clothing

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.

Where: The Evelyn Ashley Boutique
The Evelyn Ashley Boutique sells and consigns children's stuff, including toys, clothing, gear and more for kids, babies and expecting mothers.

Where: Goodwill
When: Daily, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Cartersville's Goodwill store, which accepts donations, not only provides gently-used clothing at deep discounts, but also helps put people back to work with its Career Center.

Local churches also hold consignment sales, including children's furniture, clothes, gear, toys and other stuff. They include:

What: God's Little Sprouts
A Trinity United Methodist Church outreach ministry, God's Little Sprouts consignment sale happens twice a year—fall and spring. Sellers get 70 percent of the selling price of the items they consigned, and the remaining 30 percent will be distributed among church ministries and donated to local charities and needy individuals.

What: Buttons & Bows
A Church at Liberty Square activity, Buttons & Bows consignment sellers get 60 percent. Items consigned include anything baby, children's and maternity.

Toys

As your children get older and are gifted more toys, they outgrow certain playthings that can benefit less fortunate children. 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. 

Where: The Evelyn Ashley Boutique
When: Call 770-387-1844 for more information.
The Evelyn Ashley Boutique sells and consigns children's stuff, including toys, clothing, gear and more for kids, babies and expecting mothers.

Where: Goodwill
When: Daily, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Cartersville's Goodwill store, which accepts donations, not only provides gently-used clothing at deep discounts, but also helps put people back to work with its Career Center.

In addition to God's Little Sprouts and Buttons & Bows consignment sales, give any new, unwrapped toys to Bartow County Toys for Tots or Bartow Christmas Coalition, which aid the needy.

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.

Staples either pays to recycle or does it for free.

Customers who recycle empty ink and toner cartridges by taking them by the store will get $2 back in Staples Rewards for each one, with a limit of 10 per month.

Also take your old office equipment, including computers and monitors, shredders, cell phones and other small electonics, and hard drives and such to Staples, which recycles them at no cost.

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:

Where: Goodwill
When: Daily, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Cartersville's Goodwill store, which accepts donations, not only provides gently-used clothing at deep discounts, but also helps put people back to work with its Career Center.

Where: The Salvation Army
When: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Cartersville's Salvation Army, which accepts donations, is a Christian nonprofit that provides emergency financial assistance and other help to those in need, along with food and nutrition programs, worship services and character-building study.

Where: Bartow Area Habitat for Humanity ReStore
Habitat for Humanity ReStores accepts donations of new and gently-used home improvement goods, furniture, home accessories, building materials and appliances, which are then sold to the public at a fraction of the retail price. The proceeds are used to help build and renovate more Habitat homes.

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. 

Where: Goodwill
When: Daily, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Cartersville's Goodwill store, which accepts donations, not only provides gently-used clothing at deep discounts, but also helps put people back to work with its Career Center.

Where: The Salvation Army
When: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Cartersville's Salvation Army, which accepts donations, is a Christian nonprofit that provides emergency financial assistance and other help to those in need, along with food and nutrition programs, worship services and character-building study.

Where: Bartow Area Habitat for Humanity ReStore
Habitat for Humanity ReStores accepts donations of new and gently-used home improvement goods, furniture, home accessories, building materials and appliances, which are then sold to the public at a fraction of the retail price. The proceeds are used to help build and renovate more Habitat homes.

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. Safely discard the cans of paint taking up space in your garage by dropping at the nearby APD Paint Disposal at the Acworth Recycling Center.

Paper Shredding Services: Looking for a way to get rid of old documents but don't want to risk someone seeing your private information? Check out a nearby paper shredding company, such as Pak Mail of Kennesaw.

Newspapers, Magazines and Other Paper: According to environment.about.com, recycling 1 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:

What: City of Cartersville Curbside Pick-Up
The city of Cartersville's Public Works offers curbside pick-up of paper and boxes, metal, plastic and glass for recycling to all residential and commercial customers who already get curbside garbage and yard waste pick-up.

Where: Bartow County Recycline Center, 11 Collection Centers
Bartow County's Recycling Center and any of 11 collection centers accept paper and boxes; aluminum and steel, or tin, cans; glass bottles and jars; and plastic bottles No. 1 and No. 2, during normal operating hours—Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon.

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's how you can recycle plastic items from your home:

What: City of Cartersville Curbside Pick-Up
The city of Cartersville's Public Works offers curbside pick-up of paper and boxes, metal, plastic and glass for recycling to all residential and commercial customers who already get curbside garbage and yard waste pick-up.

Where: Bartow County Recycline Center, 11 Collection Centers
Bartow County's Recycling Center and any of 11 collection centers accept paper and boxes; aluminum and steel, or tin, cans; glass bottles and jars; and plastic bottles No. 1 and No. 2, during normal operating hours—Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon.

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 are ways to get rid of empty wine bottles, condiment jars and other glass products in town:

What: City of Cartersville Curbside Pick-Up
The city of Cartersville's Public Works offers curbside pick-up of paper and boxes, metal, plastic and glass for recycling to all residential and commercial customers who already get curbside garbage and yard waste pick-up.

Where: Bartow County Recycline Center, 11 Collection Centers
Bartow County's Recycling Center and any of 11 collection centers accept paper and boxes; aluminum and steel, or tin, cans; glass bottles and jars; and plastic bottles No. 1 and No. 2, during normal operating hours—Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon.

Recycling for Charities & Schools

Soda Can Tabs: Many charitable organizations such as Ronald McDonald House Charities 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. Here are a list of other local organizations that collect soda pop tabs:

Where: Bartow County Schools, Cartersville City Schools
Check with the Cartersville or Bartow school nearest you, including Cartersville, Hamilton Crossing, Mission Road and Cloverleaf elementary schools.

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 and a list of drop-off spots below.

Where: Bartow County Schools, Cartersville City Schools
Check with the Cartersville or Bartow school nearest you, including Cartersville, Hamilton Crossing, Mission Road and Cloverleaf elementary schools.

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

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