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Welcome to Cartlanta!

The City of Atlanta would like to ensure that all residential customers are participating in waste reduction and sustainability practices. Our new recycling program, Cartlanta encourages everyone to "Get Into It!”  Single-family residential customers have 96-gallon recycling bins, allowing for more recyclables to be collected. Please remember to ONLY place 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 Cartlanta Recycling Program:

  • promotes waste reduction
  • recommends new recycling initiatives
  • implements existing waste reduction and recycling programs; and
  • educates City employees and the general public about recycling programs and opportunities.

This 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 maintain records on the City’s recycling programs.

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Mayor Reed invites you to join us in spreading the word about recycling!  Sign up today to become a Cartlanta Volunteer Ambassador.  Click on the links below to learn more about the Volunteer Recycling Ambassador Program (VRAP), join an upcoming VRAP workshop and complete a VRAP Volunteer application.

For more information you can contact the Department of Public Works Customer Service Center at 404-330-6333 or by email to

You may also send a written information requests to:

City of Atlanta
Department of Public Works
Customer Service Center
55 Trinity Avenue SW
Suite 4800
Atlanta, GA 30303-3531


The City of Atlanta appreciates all of customers who participated in the ReCART (Rewards for Collecting All Recyclables Together) Curbside Recycling Pilot Project! ReCART was a pilot program to measure change in recycling habits of an initial 10,000 city households to determine the viability of a citywide program to increase recycling through incentives. The success of the pilot spearheaded expanded recycling efforts citywide!  Stay tuned as the City continues to advance recycling.  Plans are underway for a new  incentivized program to be announced.


Recycling collection is the same day as garbage collection. Please use a City-issued recycling bin or a larger bin clearly labeled "RECYCLING".


  • All paper products (except boxes/paper with food contamination)
  • Shredded paper in a clear plastic bag
  • NO paper towels or tissues


  • All bottles and jars (rinse, remove the lids)


  • Aluminum cans, steel (tin) cans, aerosol cans. NO metal hangers/wires.


  • All hard plastic food containers and plastic bottles #1-7 (please rinse)
  • NO plastic bags, NO hoses or wires, NO plastic pipes, NO plastic furniture, NO styrofoam


  • Broken down or cut to fit in the bin. Keep it dry. NO Styrofoam

NO WOOD or Building Materials

All recyclables are placed together in the bin and are separated at the recycling processing facility.

To find recycling drop-off sites near your home or office, for items not accepted curbside, check out:


The City of Atlanta does not provide garbage or recycling services to the commercial/business sector. The following links will help you set up a program, provide information on where to self haul the recyclables, and answer other general recycling questions:


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

Click here for specific guidelines regarding recycling for special events.

Special Events Recycling Trailer

The City of Atlanta encourages recycling at all outdoor events. If you would like to arrange for recycling materials for your event, please contact Jacquelyn Bridges, Recycling Program Manager, Sr. at
(404) 865-8540.


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.

Click here to find out more about composting and mulching techniques.


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: 404.330.6333

Office of the Commissioner

Richard Mendoza
Tel: (404) 330-6240

Tim Borchers
Deputy Commissioner
Tel: (404) 330-6240

Office of Solid Waste Services

Gayla Dodson
Program Management Officer

Christopher Fetterman
Director of Operations

Office of Transportation

Transportation Operations, Planning, & Engineering
Cotena Alexander
Public Works Manager

Capital Projects
Rodney Givens
Program Manager

Office of Fleet Services

Dale Fambrough, Director

William "Bill" Eckel, Assistant Director

Tracey Woods
Assistant Director

Public Relations
Valerie Bell-Smith
Public Relations Manager, Sr.

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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Last updated: 3/26/2015 4:01:10 PM