Teacher Reuse Store

The Teacher Reuse Store provides a variety of school supplies, materials, and other items to local educators for FREE! 

The store is a unique collaboration of business, industry, education, and government. It provides an innovative approach to the recovery and reuse of business and industry discards and by-products, as well as community donations. Through this program, we keep items out of the landfills and put them in the hands of our communities’ education systems.

Teacher Information
The Teacher Reuse Store is open to any teacher in Athens-Clarke, Barrow, Jackson, Madison, Oconee, and Oglethorpe counties. Public, private, and homeschool teachers are welcome to "shop." All teachers must provide official documentation to verify teaching status- a school district photo I.D., a letter on school letterhead signed by the principal and/or letter of intent to homeschool will be accepted for entry.

NOTE: Only teachers will be admitted into the store -- No helpers or children of any age allowed in the Reuse Store!

Email updates

Teachers may subscribe to the email list to receive updates on new items in the store by emailing the Teacher Reuse Store coordinator, Abigail West, at abigail.west@accgov.com.

(Note: teachers are automatically added to the list after they shop at the store)

Hours
Open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 2 - 6:30 PM (appointments no longer required!).

Donations accepted Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 AM - 7 PM (no appointment required).

Questions? Contact reuse@accgov.com.

Location
Center For Hard-To-Recycle Materials (CHaRM)
1005 College Avenue Athens, GA 30601

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Please take the time and examine what your business or industry discards and you might discover that your trash is a teacher’s treasure! 

The list below reflects many of the items we currently accept, but is not comprehensive. Please contact us with any questions. 

  • General office & school supplies
    • Clip Boards
    • Labels, stickers, etc.
    • Paper
    • Pencils, Pens, Rulers, Etc.
    • Desk top items
    • Organizational supplies
    • Art supplies
    • Backpacks
    • White boards
  • Unusual items:
    • Glass bottles
    • Science equipment
    • Bottle caps
    • Gift Cards 
  • Furniture:
    • Shelving/Bookcases 
    • Desks
    • Chairs
    • File Cabinets
  • Verified working electronics
    • Computers/monitors
    • Printers
Organized binders, piled high on the shelves
Graphic of suggestions of items to donate to the reuse store
Art Supply Sets from the store

Hazardous materials and broken electronics will not be accepted for the Teacher Reuse Store, but may be safely disposed through the Center For Hard-To-Recycle Materials (CHaRM), located within the same building. 

NEW! Open Creative Reuse Days

Starting April 7th, the Teacher Reuse Store will be open to certain community groups on the first Wednesday of each month, from 2 PM - 6:30 PM.

Members of the following groups are eligible (proof/documentation or ID required): 

- Artists (show examples of recent work)
- Nonprofits (prove nonprofit status)
- Students (with student ID)
- Religious organizations
- Daycare facilities
- Camps and afterschool programs
- Hospitals
- Teachers from any county, including those outside our normal service area (with teacher ID or homeschool letter of intent)

Volunteers

We love our volunteers! We are located in an open warehouse space, and have Covid-19 protocols in place. If you're interested in volunteering as an individual or a group, please contact us at reuse@accgov.com.

Organizing Committee
Organizing committee members include participants from Athens-Clarke County Recycling Division, Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful, Keep Barrow Beautiful, Keep Jackson County Beautiful, Keep Madison County Beautiful, Oconee County Beautiful Commission, and Oglethorpe County.