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The Office of Solid Waste Services is responsible for the collection and disposal of solid waste within the City of Atlanta. Additionally, the office provides vacant lot clean-up; maintenance of various rights-of-way specified in the Atlanta City Code and dead animal removal and disposal. The office also oversees landfill operations; the City’s recycling program; enforcing codes related to lawn maintenance and the disposal of yard trimmings; and assists in citywide emergency operations.


The Administration Division is comprised of Education and Enforcement, Waste Reduction and Management Analysis. These units are responsible for code enforcement and compliance, maintaining contracts devoted to waste reduction, recycling and composting, route analysis, mapping, off-site plan review, budget preparation and developing educational publications and activities.


The Operations Division is responsible for household garbage collection and bulk rubbish and yard trimming collection. Operational divisions are organized by function in order to increase their efficiency in operations and service delivery.

Keep Atlanta Beautiful

Keep Atlanta Beautiful is the public education and outreach component of Solid Waste Services.  This organization assists with community clean-ups and works closely with Code Enforcement. For more information please visit

Recycling Program

Solid Waste Collection Schedule

Household garbage, recycling and yard trimmings are collected weekly on the scheduled collection day. For questions regarding pick up service, please contact the Customer Service Call Center Monday - Friday, 8:15 am - 5:00 pm at (404) 330-6333 or via email to

Requests for Fee Reduction/Tax Exemption  

The senior citizen Exemption is administered by the Tax Assessor's office. Taxpayers age 65 and over with an annual income of $39,000 or less can receive a 30% exemption on their Solid Waste service fee. The $30.00 recycling exemption is offered by Public Works for persons (regardless of age) who make less than $8,000.00 annually.

Hardship cases are reviewed by Fulton County with regards to making payment arrangements - - but not reductions on the bill. Customers should contact the Fulton County Tax Commissioner's Office at 404.613.0656 to make such arrangements.

Contact Info
City of Atlanta
Department of Public Works
55 Trinity Avenue, SW
Suite 4700
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Tel: 404.330.6240
Fax: 404.658.7552

Customer Service
Tel: 404.330.6333

Office of the Commissioner

Richard Mendoza
Tel: (404) 330-6240

Office of Solid Waste Services

Christopher Fetterman
Director of Operations

Gayla Dodson
Director of Special Services

Office of Transportation

Capital Projects / Transportation Planning
Rodney Givens
Program Management Officer
Tel: 404.330.6739 - O

Operations, Engineering & Analysis
Cotena Alexander
Program Management Officer
Tel: 404.330.6501 - O

Office of Fleet Services

Dale Fambrough, Director

Tracey Woods
Assistant Director

Bill Eckel
Assistant Director

Communications & Community Relations

Valerie Bell-Smith
Tel: 404.330.6215

NOTE: For garbage collection, rubbage collection or to receive a trash bin call 404.330.6333.
For issues related to water and sewer, please call the Department of Watershed Management at 404.658-6500.

Last updated: 1/15/2015 4:47:42 PM