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Welcome to Cartlanta Recycling!

The Department of Public Works Solid Waste Services serves approximately 96,000 single-family homes. According to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Waste Reduction Tool, if every single one of those homes recycled just one plastic bottle, it would save enough energy to power a laptop computer for 240,000 hours!

The Cartlanta Recycling Program works to ensure that residential customers have the resources to participate in waste reduction and sustainability practices through recycling.

The Cartlanta 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
As a liaison with local, state, and federal agencies, Cartlanta also shares information on recycling issues to ensure responsiveness to problems and concerns, prepares grant proposals and maintains records on the City’s recycling programs.

Residential Curbside Recycling

Residential curbside recycling is for household paper, cardboard, glass, cans, and plastics numbered 1-5 & 7. Recycling collection is the same day as garbage collection. Please use your City-issued blue recycling cart or a larger container clearly labeled "RECYCLING". All recyclables may be placed together in the cart. The item will be 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.

Recyclables 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: Yes! We do collect glass. Remove the lids and place in recycling cart.
Greeting Cards
Hard Plastic - Labeled 1 - 5 & 7. Remove the lids 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.

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

Recycling Events Held Monthly

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

Every 3rd Saturday

The Mall West End
850 Oak Street
Atlanta, GA 30310

Electronics, polystyrene, tires, and clothing may be recycled on the 3rd Saturday of every month from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Single-stream recycling and paper shredding are also provided at this event. Metal is not accepted at the Recycle Day event unless it a household items such as tin or aluminum cans which would be included in the curbside single-stream recycling.

Recycling Program
55 Trinity Avenue, SW
Suite 4800
Atlanta, GA 30303-3531

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 Solid Waste Services

Tel: 404.330.6236

Gayla Dodson
Program Management Officer
Special Services

Christopher Fetterman
Program Management Officer

Tracy Hambrick
Recycling Program Manager

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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Last updated: 5/2/2016 2:07:02 PM