Recycling July 2, 2014


CURBSIDE RECYCLING Recycling collection is the same day as garbage collection. Please use a City-issued recycling bin or a larger bin clearly labeled “RECYCLING”.
Paper: All paper products (except boxes/paper with food contamination) – Shredded paper in a clear plastic bag – NO paper towels or tissues
Glass –All bottles and jars (rinse, remove the lids)
Cans – Aluminum cans, steel (tin) cans, aerosol cans. NO metal hangers/wires.
Plastic – 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 Cardboard – Broken down or cut to fit in the bin. Keep it dry. NO Styrofoam

Need a new bin, or have customer service issues? Please contact the Department of Public Works Customer Service Center at 404-330-6333 or by email to [email protected].

MULTIFAMILY RECYCLING According to Atlanta city ordinance #130, managers of any multi-family dwelling shall furnish containers for the collection of recyclable, including, at a minimum, the materials the city collects as part of its curbside recycling program. Containers must be big enough to hold recyclable material of residents in a multi-family dwelling and must be bigger than a three gallon bucket per unit. Where can multi-family building owners/managers find more information about how to recycle on their properties?We recommend that you visit the Georgia Recycling Markets Directory at This directory provide contact information on recycling service providers with operations in the metro-Atlanta region. What community resources are available to residents that want to recycling specialty materials such as electronics, styrofoam, paper shredding, latex, paint, etc.? Keep Atlanta Beautiful bi-monthly community recycling events. Find out more information at

Did you know?

  • 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.

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