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Welcome to City of Atlanta Recycling!

The City of Atlanta would like to ensure that all residential customers have the resources to participate in waste reduction and sustainability practices through recycling. Our recycling program is dedicated to helping the City of Atlanta reach Mayor Reed's goal of a 90% diversion rate by 2020.

Single-family residential customers have 96-gallon recycling bins, allowing for recycling collection curbside on the same day as household garbage and yard trimmings pick-up. Please remember to ONLY place clean, dry household recyclables in the blue carts no garbage, no yard trimmings please!

Recycling is an important step toward the City’s goals towards becoming a greener place to live, work and play. The 96-gallon large capacity recycling carts make it easier for residents to recycle more.

The City of Atlanta Recycling Program:
  • Saves money by diverting recyclables from the landfill
  • Promotes waste reduction
  • Gives recyclables a second life
  • Recommends new recycling initiatives
  • Implements existing waste reduction and recycling programs; and
  • Provides education to City employees and the general public about recycling programs and opportunities
The Recycling division also serves as a liaison with local, state, and federal agencies on recycling issues to ensure responsiveness to problems and concerns, prepares grant proposals and maintains records on the City’s recycling programs.

Curbside Recycling

Curbside recycling is for household paper, cardboard, glass, cans, and plastics numbered 1-7. Recycling collection is the same day as garbage collection. Please use your City-issued recycling bin or a larger bin clearly labeled "RECYCLING". All recyclables are placed together in the bin and are separated at the recycling processing facility. The only thing that should be bagged is shredded paper in a clear bag. All recycling must be clean and dry.

Recyclable Allowed at the Curbside

Office Paper – All Colors
Envelopes: including
Windowed and Labeled
Shipping Boxes
Cardboard Boxes- dry and broken down to fit into bin
Junk Mail
Magazines
Newspapers
Phone Books
Soft and Hard Back Books
File Folders
Paperboard, cereal boxes, etc.
Brochures, Reams
Wrapping Paper
Greeting Cards
Aluminum and Steel (tin) Cans
Glass Bottles, remove lids and place in recycling
Hard Plastic - Labeled 1-7, remove the tops and place in recycling

NO paper towels or tissues, NO plastic bags, NO hoses or wires, NO plastic pipes, NO plastic furniture, NO polystyrene, NO wood or building materials

For recycling bins and service questions please call 311.

Recycling Events Held Monthly

For recycling not accepted curbside or for those in multi-family homes that do not have curbside recycling, the following options are available to you.

City of Atlanta Recycle Day

Electronics, polystyrene, tires, metals, and clothing may be recycled on the 3rd Saturday of every month from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Single-stream recycling and paper shredding is also provided at this event.

The Mall West End
850 Oak St.
Atlanta, GA 30310

Keep Atlanta Beautiful hosts a community recycling event on the first and second Saturday every month. Electronics, polystyrene, tires, metals, textiles, and paint is accepted. The City of Atlanta provides single-stream recycling at this event.

BUCKHEAD
1st Saturday each month
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church
2715 Peachtree Road, NE
Atlanta, GA 30305
(Corner East Wesley and Bolling Road)

OLD FOURTH WARD
2nd Saturday each month
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Walden School
320 Irwin Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30312
(Intersection J.W. Dobbs and Hilliard Street)

CHaRM, the Center for Hard to Recycle Materials is a not-for-profit location that recycles hard to recycle items such as household hazardous waste and tires in addition to many more items.

1110 Hill Street
Atlanta, Ga 30315
Tuesday 9:00am- 4:00pm
Thursday 9:00am- 4:00pm
Saturday 8:00am- 4:00pm

• Wire hangers may be returned to your dry cleaner
• Plastic bags, wraps, and film may be recycled at your local grocery or home improvement store
• Packing peanuts-take to UPS or shipping store

Recycling for Outdoor Events

All special events are required to adhere to the City's rules and regulations for removal of solid waste from outdoor events.

Composting

The City of Atlanta collects over 30,000 tons of yard and garden material each year. Much of that material can be easily composted at home instead of being sent to the City facility. Composting grass and leaves at home is an easy and inexpensive way to add nutrients to home gardens, bushes, and trees. If you don't want to wait for leaves and grass to turn into compost, use the blend as mulch around trees and bushes and as a topical dressing on flower beds. This will keep the roots cool, improve soil moisture retention, and as the mulch breaks down it will slowly provide nutrients for the plants, bushes, and trees.

For more information please contact the Customer Service Center at 311 or www.atl311.com.

You may also send a written information requests to:

City of Atlanta
Department of Public Works
Recycling Program
55 Trinity Avenue, SW
Suite 4800
Atlanta, GA 30303-3531

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Last updated: 5/26/2015 1:57:30 PM