Solid Waste Collection Schedule

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Look for door hangers with holiday collection schedules as pictured at right. (Please disregard DeKalb County notices about solid waste and recycling services.)

> Download a holiday sanitation schedule here.

Collection Day. The City of Decatur single family residential garbage collection service is divided into four service days: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

> Find your service day here.

Set Out Time. All garbage, trash, recyclables, yard trimmings, furniture and appliances for collection must be ready for collection by 7:30 a.m. on collection day. (See code section 82-34 (e) in the City of Decatur Code of Ordinances.) Arrival times will vary due to many conditions, but no collector will arrive before 7:30 a.m.

Containers on the Curb. Refuse and recycling containers may be not placed at the curb before 5 p.m. the day before collection and must be removed from the curb by midnight on collection day. (See code section 82-34 (f) in the City of Decatur Code of Ordinances.)

Garbage Must Be Accessible. Garbage collected from the rear or side yard must be accessible to the refuse collection vehicle (scooter) (see code section 82-34 (c) (2) (d) in the City of Decatur Code of Ordinances) for reasons of safety, liability and efficiency. Also for these reasons, recycling bins must be placed at the curbside in order to be accessible for recycling collection.

Bulky Items Reminder
Decatur now accepts bulky items like furniture and appliances as a part of regular sanitation pick-up. There is no additional cost for this service except for a $50 collection fee for items containing freon. 

Pay-As-You-Throw Refuse Bags
The price of PAYT bags per pack of 10:
8 gallon (green) – $4.07
15 gallon (yellow) – $6.96
33 gallon (blue) – $14.45

The price includes the cost of disposing of the bag filled with refuse in a landfill; the cost of the bag itself; and state sales tax.

Where to Purchase PAYT Bags
Decatur City Hall, 509 N. McDonough St.
Decatur Public Works, 2635 Talley St.
Intown Hardware, 1404 Scott Blvd.
Kroger, 720 Commerce Dr.
Kroger, 2875 N. Decatur Rd.
Kroger City Center, 3479 Memorial Dr.
Publix, 2155 N. Decatur Rd.
Publix, 3870 N Druid Hills Rd.
Toco Hills Ace Hardware, 2983 North Druid Hills Rd.


For more information about solid waste and recycling services, call 404-377-5571, Monday through Friday, 7:30 am to 4 pm.