Neighborhood Clean Up Guidelines

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The Department of Public Works appreciates your time and resources in helping to keep Atlanta clean and beautiful. We would be happy to assist with your neighborhood clean-up project. We do ask that you adhere to certain guidelines for your event.

Neighborhood Clean-Up Guidelines

Schedule Pick Up of Items Collected
Contact us to schedule pick-up of trash, yard trimmings, or recyclables they you collect during the community clean-up by dialing 311, Items compiled from your clean up project cannot be removed without a scheduled pickup.

A Dumpster Request Application is required if you would like to have us deliver a dumpster to your location. Please click here to download a dumpster request form.

Note: Scheduling is not required for individual household weekly collections.  This page refers to community clean-ups only where piles of trash, debris, and yard trimmings may be collected and placed at a location designated by the community clean-up organizer and the Office of Solid Waste Services.

Yard Trimmings
Place in water tight paper bags or a reusable container not to exceed 35-Gallon capacity.

Tree Limbs
Cut limbs 4 feet in length and 6 inches in diameter, stack neatly together near yard trimmings.

Plastic Bags
DO NOT use for yard trimmings. Plastic bags can only be used for household garbage, litter, etc. Place near furniture and appliances.

Place furniture in a separate location from the yard trimmings and tree limbs. A separate truck will collect these items.

Refrigerators and air conditioners (appliances with coolant) should be scheduled for pick-up please dial 311. Stoves are to be placed with furniture items for pickup.

Building Materials
DO NOT place these items out for pick-up.

Automobile/Truck Parts & Tires
DO NOT place these items out for pick-up. You may contact Georgia Tire Recycling at (404) 355-0547(404) 355-0547. A fee is assessed for this service.

Paint Cans
DO NOT PLACE LIQUID PAINT IN THE GARBAGE CAN - Add kitty litter or saw dust to liquid oil paints to solidify them before placing the cans – lid off- in the garbage. Latex paints are not considered hazardous, but they must be solidified before disposal so simply leave the lid off the can so the paint will dry. Dispose in the garbage – lid off. ONLY empty paint cans or cans with solidified paint can be put into the garbage container.

DO NOT place these items out for pick-up.

Household Hazardous Waste (Click Here)

How to Solidify Paint
Warning: This management option can cause harm to human health and the environment if the described procedures are not followed carefully.

Materials needed:

  • Protective gloves
  • Bucket or sturdy cardboard box
  • Stirring stick
  • Non-flammable absorbent, such as clay-based kitty litter

Warning: Do not use a paper-based product as an absorbent because it could spontaneously ignite.

Safety Precautions
Solidify paint in well-ventilated areas that are inaccessible to children and pets. Do not solidify the paint in a basement or inside the house. If you should feel dizzy or nauseous while working with the paint, take a fresh air break.

Do not solidify paint in a garage or shed where there is an appliance that uses a pilot light, welding activities, light switch, light bulb, electric garage door or any other source of spark or flame. Volatile, reactive or flammable chemicals can concentrate in an inadequately ventilated room. If the room has a source of spark or flame, the airborne chemicals could explode or cause a fire.

Do not smoke or drink alcoholic beverages while solidifying paint. Avoid inhalation of fumes. If you can smell it, you are breathing the product. Wear protective gloves to avoid skin contact while handling the paint.

To solidify small quantities, such as an inch or two in the bottom of a can, simply remove the lid, add non-flammable absorbent and stir until all the liquid is absorbed. When the paint is solidified, place the absorbent and paint cans inside a garbage bag, seal the bag tightly and dispose of it in the trash destined for the landfill.

For larger quantities of paint, mix absorbent and paint in a bucket or sturdy cardboard box and stir. It will be easier if you pour some absorbent in the bottom of the container and add the paint slowly while stirring. Continue to alternate the absorbent and paint and stirring. The end product should be similar in texture to the absorbent. When the paint is solidified, place the absorbent and container inside a garbage bag, seal it tightly, and dispose of it in the trash destined for the landfill.

For additional information, please contact the Customer Service Center by dialing 311 or visit

Contact Info
City of Atlanta
Department of Public Works
55 Trinity Avenue, SW
Suite 4700
Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Customer Service
Tel: 311

NOTE: For garbage collection or to receive a trash bin call 311.

For issues related to water and sewer, please call 311.

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