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Recycling LogoThe City manages waste collection for approximately 6,000 households. Recycling services for these homeowners is provided through a contract with Latham Home Sanitation Company. Although commercial and multi-family buildings are not required to use City of Decatur as their waste hauler, the Public Works Department is pleased to be able to provide service to these properties, and we pride ourselves on excellent customer service. Our recycling services include single stream collection of the items listed below. Materials collected by both Latham Home Sanitation and Decatur Public Works are taken to either the SP Recycling Facility in Forest Park, Georgia or Pratt Industries in East Point, Georgia. For more information about the City of Decatur's solid waste and recycling services for residential, commercial, or multi-family buildings contact Sean Woodson, Solid Waste Superintendent at or 404-377-5571. 

Residential Recycling
Your recycling bin will be emptied the same day as your garbage. The City of Decatur single family residential waste collection service is divided into four service days: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

View your Solid Waste Collection schedule

Residents have access to free 18-gallon recycling bins (standard green bins) through the City's contract with Latham Home Sanitation. If your current bin is damaged, you may also request a replacement. To request a bin call (678) 858-5407. Hours of operation are 8am-4pm Monday-Friday. For those customers who prefer a larger container, 95-gallon blue carts may be purchased upon request from Latham Home Sanitation for $80.00. These carts will hold nearly five and a half times that of a regular recycling bin. These carts may also now be purchased at the Intown Ace Hardware store on Scott Boulevard. Prices vary.

Residents may also purchase their own recycling bins at a home improvement store.   We ask that residents  select a size that can be reasonably lifted by pick up crews, and that the bins be clearly marked. The Public Works Department has recycling stickers that can be added to bins, or you may mark them yourself provided it is clear. To obtain a sticker call 404-377-5571.

All garbage, trash, recyclables, and yard trimmings must be ready for collection by 7:30am. on collection day. Collector arrival time will vary according to many conditions, but in no event will a collector arrive before 7:30am. For more information on solid waste collections click HERE


What Can I Recycle?
Because of new single-stream recycling technologies, you do not need to sort, separate or bag the recyclables that you place in your recycling bin. However, all materials must be clean and free from food contamination. Please note, if recycling service for your commercial or multi-family building is provided by a private company, contact them directly as their rules may differ.


Examples of Acceptable Materials

Paper Products

  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Junk mail and catalogs
  • Envelopes (can include plastic windows)
  • Chipboard- cereal boxes, shoe boxes, etc.
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Pizza boxes with MINIMAL food contamination
Acceptable Recycling Materials

Plastic Bottles and Containers
Must be labeled with a recycling logo and any Number 1 through 7

  • Yellow or white plastic milk cartons
  • Plastic soda and water bottles
  • Plastic tubs (e.g.,  margarine, sour cream, etc.)
  • Bleach bottles
  • Black plastic planting trays and flower pots
Glass Bottles and Containers
  • All colors accepted
  • No ceramics, mirrors, etc.


  • Soda cans
  • Tin cans (vegetable, soup, beans, cat food, etc.)
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Items to Exclude

  • Plastic grocery bags
  • Disposable drink cups (e.g., Solo cups, Starbucks cups, etc.)
  • Styrofoam and/or packing peanuts
  • Plastic/wax coated cartons (ex. juice cartons)
  • Light bulbs
  • Batteries
  • Electronic devices (save for Electronics Recycling Day)
  • Broken glass
  • Used napkins, paper towels, or tissue
  • Wrappers with metallic material

For a complete list of recyclable items, click here to view the Recycling User Guide [PDF]. Info courtesy of Latham Home Sanitation, Inc. and the City of Decatur.

Recycling Drop-Offs
Recycling MapPlease see the map below for drop-off locations and pick-up services in or near the City of Decatur, updated and produced by the Waste Management Advisory Board.



Electronics Recycling
Twice a year, in October and March, the city holds an Electronics Recycling Day. This semi-annual event has been dramatically successful in diverting electronic equipment from landfills, where they may contaminate soil and water.

View more information about Electronics Recycling Days.


Multi-Family Recycling
In 2007, the Decatur City Commission has approved an amendment to the solid waste ordinance to provide better accessibility for recycling for multi-family residents of the city. The ordinance affects approximately 2,600 multi-family dwelling units within the city limits.

Multi-family properties are sometimes only equipped with a common dumpster for waste collection without any recycling services. Residents either collect their own recycling and deposit it at a remote location or throw recyclable items in with everyday trash. With the new amendment, multi-family property owners and condominium associations must provide recycling services to their residents that include at least four materials to recycle such as paper, glass, metal, and plastic. 

Multi-family properties are not required to use the City of Decatur Solid Waste service and can contract with third party collection companies. Therefore, these residents did not necessarily receive the same recycling services as single-family dwellings. The purpose of the amendment is to provide residents living in multi-family dwelling properties similar recycling services to those living in single-family homes.

For more information about the City of Decatur's recycling services for multi-family dwellings contact Sean Woodson, Solid Waste Superintendent at or 404-377-5571.


Commercial Recycling
Commercial Recycling BinsThe City of Decatur Public Works Department is pleased to be able to provide recycling services to your commercial property. Our recycling services include single stream collection of items listed above. All items can be placed into either a 95 gallon cart (supplied by City of Decatur) or an approved commercial container (supplied by property owner). We take great pride in providing excellent customer service as well as helping you to operate your business in a more sustainable manner. You will be sent an invoice(s) for the business(es) located at your real property. For more information, please contact Sean Woodson, Solid Waste Superintendent at or 404-377-5571.

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