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Recycling Perks

Recycling Perks

The City of Atlanta Department of Public Works Cartlanta Recycling Program and the Mayor's Office of Sustainability are partnering with Recycling Perks to reward our customers for their curbside recycling efforts. Recycling Perks works with local businesses to provide discounts to citizens for simply using their recycling carts.

Sign up for free at www.recyclingperks.com or call 855-813-2154.

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% landfill diversion rate by 2020. 

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

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.

Helpful Recycling Tips

• 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 at Multi-Family Residences

City of Atlanta Code

The owners of any multi-family dwelling, including public housing, consisting of six or more living units, or the owners' association of condominiums or townhouses consisting of six or more living units, shall furnish commercial containers for the collection of recyclables, including, at a minimum, the materials the city collects as part of its curbside recycling program, which materials include glass, plastics, newspapers and aluminum cans. The capacity of the containers shall be adequate to hold the recyclable material of residents of the multi-family dwelling and shall be of a size not less than three gallons multiplied by the number of living units.

Owners and association had until July 1, 2008 to comply with code requirements, after which time the enforcement provisions apply. 

Property Owner's Role

Multi-family property owners or management is responsible for:
• Providing recycling service to the residents of each building no later than July 1, 2008.
• Securing and managing contracts for providing the material collection/recycling service for all building locations.
• Providing clearly marked collection bins for recyclable materials and containers for transporting the materials off site. (Should be provided by the contracted recycling hauler.)
• COMING SOON: Reporting recycling tonnage to the City of Atlanta(COA)

Getting Started

Set Up Service

Recycling service to multi-family properties is not provided by the City of Atlanta at this time. Property owners/managers will need to arrange a recycling contract with a waste hauler that provides bins and collection of at least the following recyclables: glass, plastics, newspapers and aluminum cans. Per COA code, reporting recycling tonnage is required so be sure that your hauler provides this data. Since recycling diverts commodities from the waste stream you may even be able to save money by providing fewer waste containers.

Place Collection Containers

Property owners/managers should locate recycling bins next to trash bins so that residents are not just tossing their refuse in whichever container is closer. The recycling bin should be clearly marked as a recycling bin, and have a sticker showing what is accepted and common contaminants that are not accepted.

Educate Tenants

To ensure success, residents will need to know what is recyclable, and that all recyclables must be clean, dry, and have lids removed and placed in separately. We offer downloadable flyers, templates for adhesive labels and printable poster files in our (multi-family packet). City of Atlanta Recycling publishes an informational article every month in the COA utility bill newsletter. This article is available for inclusion in any newsletters you provide to residents.

For additional information or assistance, please contact City Services at 311 or http://atl311.com/.

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 am to 12:00 pm. Single-stream recycling and paper shredding is also provided at this event.

The Mall West End

850 Oak Street
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 am – 3:00 pm
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 am – 3:00 pm
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. They are located at 
1110 Hill Street, Atlanta, GA 30315.

  • Tuesday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Thursday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Saturday,  8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Recycling for Outdoor & Special Events

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

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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