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 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
- 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.
Recycling Events Held Monthly
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
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.
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.
320 Irwin Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30312
(Intersection J.W. Dobbs and Hilliard Street)
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.
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
55 Trinity Avenue, SW
Atlanta, GA 30303-3531