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City of Atlanta Launches “Feet on the Street” Recycling Education Initiative

Post Date:07/21/2017 3:48 PM


Mayor’s Office of Communications
55 Trinity Avenue, Suite 2500 • Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Anne Torres, Director
404-330-6423, office
404-904-2618, cell

Jenna Garland, Press Secretary
404-330-6612, office
404-357-5579, cell


 News Release

City of Atlanta Launches “Feet on the Street” Recycling Education Initiative

ATLANTA – The City of Atlanta announced today that it has partnered with non-profit organization The Recycling Partnership to launch its “Feet on the Street” recycling education initiative. The goal of the pilot project is to reduce contamination of recycling in the City’s single stream curbside recycling bins.

For eight weeks starting July 24, a group of city employees will inspect recycling bins along four of the city’s recycling routes in Ansley Park, Collier Heights, Grant Park and the West End to determine if they are acceptable or contaminated with non-recyclable contents.

“We’re focusing our pilot program on these four routes because although the residents in these communities actively recycle, their bins have high contamination rates,” said Michelle Wiseman, Director of Waste Diversion and Outreach with the Mayor’s Office of Resilience. “This program aims to resolve this issue by educating residents and as a result, should save taxpayer dollars.”

The “Feet on the Street” team will inspect bins for contamination and advise residents of items located in their bins that cannot be recycled through an informative tag. The resident is asked to correct the contamination so that the recycling can be collected the following week.

The Street team will log contamination using a smartphone app provided by Rubicon Global, an Atlanta based waste management company. Data will be used to inform future recycling educational campaigns.

“The City of Atlanta is working at the cutting edge of recycling, using specialized technology and smart collaborations to improve key aspects of service,” says Keefe Harrison, CEO of The Recycling Partnership. “We are proud to work with such a progressive partner, and applaud Atlanta for taking on this large issue that is affecting cities across the U.S.”  

The City accepts household paper, cardboard, unbroken glass bottles, aluminum cans and plastic containers in its single stream curbside recycling bins. Materials which contaminate these recyclables include: plastic bags, electronics, tanglers such as cords and hoses, polystyrene and building materials. Plastic bags are the most prevalent contaminant, and residents are asked not to bag recyclables.

Residents who wish to recycle plastic bags and other materials outside the accepted single stream curbside recycling bins are encouraged to drop off said materials at the Center for Hard to Recycle Materials or CHaRM located at 1110 Hill St, SE Atlanta, GA 30315. While unbroken glass bottles are accepted in the single stream curbside recycling bin, other types of glass, including broken glass should be treated as a possible contaminant. The City recommends dropping off broken glass and other glass at the CHaRM Center to ensure proper sorting and recycling.

For more information about the program, visit or contact Michelle Wiseman at

About The Recycling Partnership

The Recycling Partnership is a national nonprofit organization that applies corporate partner funding to improve the recycling system in cities and towns across the nation, thus increasing supplies of clean materials for manufacturing. The Recycling Partnership is the only organization in the country that engages the full recycling supply chain: from the corporations that manufacture products and packaging, to local government charged with recycling, to industry end markets, haulers, material recovery facilities, and converters, positively effecting recycling at every step in the process and transforming recycling in towns all across America. Visit to learn more.


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