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Solid Waste Curbside Scheduling & Services

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Note: President's Day is a regular business day for the City of Atlanta.  

How to Start New Collection Service for Household Garbage, Recycling & Yard Trimmings

Call 311 or visit

Household garbage, recycling and yard trimmings collection occurs weekly. Containers should be placed on curb by 7p.m. the previous day and removed from curb by 7 p.m. on collection day.

How to Start Backyard Pick Up Service

Backyard pick up service may be available without charge for persons having physical limitations which prevent placement of garbage receptacles at the curb if certain requirements are met.

You may be eligible based on:

(A) Age only criteria.

Any residence where there are no persons between the ages of 12 and 70 capable of placing garbage at the curbside.

(B) Physical condition criteria.

Each person between the ages of 12 and 70 at a residence not capable of placing garbage at the curbside must present a certificate from a physician licensed to practice medicine by the State stating that such person is physically incapable of placing garbage at the curbside. (See City of Atlanta Ordinance, Chapter 130: Solid Waste Management, Sec.130-37(c)(3)).

Each year, all persons receiving backyard garbage collection service must be recertified as to the physical condition preventing the placement of garbage at the curbside. (See City of Atlanta Ordinance, Chapter 130: Solid Waste Management, Sec.130-37(c)(5)).

How to Start Back Yard Pick Up Service, Fee Based

If you would like to receive backyard garbage collection service and do not to meet the criteria listed above then you must submit a payment of $962.21 per year to cover the cost of this service. This entitles you to receive backyard garbage collection from January 2nd through December 30th. (See City of Atlanta Ordinance, Chapter 130: Solid Waste Management, Sec. 130-84(4) and Sec. 130- 37(c)(2)).

Please contact the 311 Customer Service center if you have additional questions. Dial 311 or 404.546.0311404.546.0311 or visit

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Contact Info

City of Atlanta
Department of Public Works
55 Trinity Avenue, SW
Suite 4700
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Tel: 404.330.6240
Fax: 404.658.7552

Customer Service
Tel: 311

Office of Commissioner

William  M. Johnson

Office of Solid Waste Services

Tel: 404.330.6236

Gayla Dodson
Program Management Officer
Special Services

Office of Transportation Services

Tel: 404.330.6501

Capital Projects & Planning/Renew Atlanta

Barrington Brown, PE 
Interim Program Management Officer

Operations, Engineering, & Permits

Cotena Alexander
Program Management Officer

Office of Fleet Services

Tel: 404.622.7681

Dale Fambrough
Program Management Officer

Tracey Woods, Director

Bill Eckel, Director

NOTE: For garbage collection, or to receive a trash bin call 311. For issues related to water and sewer, please call the Department of Watershed Management at 311.


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