CHaRM (Center for Hard to Recycle Materials)

We want you to RecycleNow that Election Day is over (well mostly) don’t forget to take care of your campaign signs. Just please don’t send them to the landfill.

Check out these ideas and options for reusing or recycling campaign signs.

-Paint and reuse the signs for garage sales, lemonade stands, birthday parties or new baby yard signs. Just spray paint over the campaign slogan and stencil your new message.
-Spread some holiday cheer. Get crafty and use the signs as Christmas decorations for your yard. Spray paint the signs in Christmas colors and tie large bows on them so they look like Christmas gifts.
-Get out the chalkboard paint! Kids will love having their very own mobile, fully-erasable chalkboard to draw on. Just remove the stakes, prime with a bonding primer and paint.

Many campaign signs are made of corrugated plastic with metal frames and stakes – these materials can’t be recycled in your home curbside recycling cart. However, signs made of regular corrugated cardboard, can go in your cart, once the metal frames are removed. Metal stakes and frames are not accepted in curb-side recycling, but they are recyclable as scrap metal. Consider taking your signs and posts to the Center for Hard to Recycle Materials, aka CHaRM, located at 1005 College Ave. For more information on CHaRM go to The sign itself is reused as packing material, and the metal sign can be recycled with the scrap metal recycling available at CHaRM as well.

Thank you for helping do your part to reduce your waste. Remember, Reduce, Reuse, and then Recycle, in that order.


Residential CHaRM Customers: 

  • Five (5) gallon bucket of mixed material - no charge 
  • Car (of any kind) with mixed material that contains bulbs, batteries, paint, TVs /monitors - $5.00
  • Truck, SUV, Minivan (of any kind) with mixed material that contains bulbs, batteries, paint, TVs/monitors - $10.00
  • Truck and Trailer with mixed material that contains bulbs, batteries, paint, TVs/monitors- $20.00
Commercial CHaRM Customers:

  • Must make an appointment with Household Hazardous Waste Supervisor for delivery. Materials will be fee-based.
*All fees subject to change

The first CHaRM in the United States was established in Boulder, Colorado and opened in 2001. A CHaRM (Center for Hard to Recycle Materials) is a one stop drop for items that can’t be recycled at the curb or at the Athens-Clarke County recycling drop-off sites because they are deemed "hard to recycle" due to their nature (chemical composition, hazardous components, size, distance to end-market, etc.).   The ACC CHaRM is located at the old Solid Waste Department site at 1005 College Avenue.   The ACC Solid Waste Department at 725 Hancock Industrial Way and the ACC Recycling Facility at 699 Hancock Industrial Way NO LONGER accepts hard to recycle materials for drop-off.

1005 College Ave. Athens, GA 30601

Monday 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM 
Wednesday 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM 
Saturday 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM 
CHaRM Flyer

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