Unfortunately, the recycling and waste disposal services that were historically part of the Earth Day Festival are on hold for now. We are looking to find a partner who would like to work with us to bring this back to the festival.  

If you have old paint, hazardous materials, batteries and other things to recycle, here are some resources for you.

CHATHAM COUNTY RECYCLES can assist you with finding the right place to dispose of these materials. They accept – cardboard, cell phone/ electronics, plastic. They are located at 1321 Eisenhower Street.  

Their website is :

CFL’s -Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs
Home Depot – (Free) 11180 Abercorn St. – (912) 921-0158
Take to front desk a couple at a time.
Lowes – (Free) 11114 Abercorn St. – (912) 927-0000

Batteries Plus – (Free) 7170 Hodgson Memorial Dr. – (912) 352-0650
Fluorescent Lamps -Long fluorescent tubes

Waste Management – (Not Free)
From their web site, order a container for the size and number of tubes you have. When container arrives, pack up tubes and mail back to Waste Management.

Old Medicine – Outdated or Unused Medicine
Walgreen’s – ($2.99)  5701 Ogeechee Rd or  125 Johnny Mercer Blvd, 700 DeRenne Drive.    Ask for their specially designed “Take Away” Bag to dispose of your outdated or unused medicine.Securely seal the Walgreen’s “Take Away” Bag and drop into any US Postal mailbox. It will go to a medicine incinerator.

Armstrong Univ. – (Free) 11935 Abercorn St -(912) 344-2603
There is a prescription drop-off box at campus police dept. Medicine can be in or out of containers.

Old Paint
Yourself by Solidification Disposal – (Free)
Make the liquid solid by adding sawdust or kitty litter. Double line a garbage can with plastic garbage bags and add the paint and dry material. Let sit until material solidifies. Tie up bag & place in regular garbage. Work outside/don’t make bag too heavy to handle/wear gloves/keep away from kids & pets.

Home Depot – ($2.00) 11180 Abercorn St. – (912) 921-0158

Paint hardener “HOMOX”. Work outside/don’t make bag too heavy to handle/wear gloves/keep away from kids & pets.

Chatham Paint Center – (Cost Varies) 1116 E Montgomery Cross Rd. – (912) 355-3277

Flammable Liquids – Gas/Paint Thinner
Yourself by Evaporation Method – (Free)
ACCORDING TO GA EPD: If small amount, open the container & let evaporate. If greater amount, get disposable metal tray & pour liquid 1/2 inch deep into tray. Let evaporate. Continue process until all gone. When complete, wrap tray in newspapers & place in sturdy trash bag & dispose in household trash. Work outside. Keep away from kids/pets.

Police Dept. –
(Free) 201 Habersham St. – (912) 651-6675
MOST GUN SHOPS WILL TAKE OLD AMMO: Call in advance to make sure the police officer who handles ammunition is on duty.

The Gun Shop – 203 Eisenhower Dr – (912) 691-0151They reclaim brass from rifle shells and use old shotgun shells in test firing. Shells last for 40 yrs.

Waste Tires -Car tires

JJ Tire Center – ($3.00 each) 3701 Ogeechee Rd – (912) 447-0111
MOST TIRE SHOPS WILL TAKE OLD TIRES FOR A FEE. Deliver tires to their location

Georgia Approved Scrap Tire Processors
Recovered Materials, Inc/Diversified Industry – Processor ID: 003-001-STP
U.S. Hwy 1 South Alma GA 31510 – (912) 632-4751

Quality Tire Recycling Inc – Processor ID: 018-002-STP
465 Mallet Street Jackson GA 30233 – (770) 775-3304

Tillman’s Scrap Tire Company – Processor ID: 049-001-STP
1195 Sawyer Rd Blakely GA 39823 – (229) 723-6826