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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 recycle 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
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • 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.

Keep Atlanta Beautiful hosts a community recycling event on the first and second Saturday every month. Electronics, polystyrene, tires, metals, textiles, and paint is accepted. The City of Atlanta provides single-stream recycling at this event.


1st Saturday each month
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church
2715 Peachtree Road, NE
Atlanta, GA 30305
(Corner East Wesley and Bolling Road)

Old Fourth Ward

2nd Saturday each month
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Walden School
320 Irwin Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30312

(Intersection J.W. Dobbs and Hilliard Street)


The Center for Hard to Recycle Materials is a not-for-profit location that recycles hard to recycle items such as household hazardous waste and tires in addition to many more items. They are located at 
1110 Hill Street, Atlanta, GA 30315.

  • Tuesday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Thursday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Saturday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

The CHaRM is an outdoor facility. In the event of extreme/inclement weather, please call 303.444.6634 before you visit to find out if the CHaRM is open.

Outdoor Special Events

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


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.

For more information please contact the Customer Service Center at 311 or

You may also send a written information requests to:

City of Atlanta
Department of Public Works
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: 2/3/2016 1:13:02 PM