Recycling updates for the City of Atlanta

Atlanta may be undergoing changes in garbage pick-up services, but please don’t let that deter you from recycling in DeKalb and Fulton counties! Click here for Atlanta’s recycling pick-up calendar!

And below is a list of everything that can go into the City of Atlanta recycling bin. All recyclables are placed together in the bin and are separated for recycling at the processing facility.

  • Paper: all paper products (except boxes/paper with food contamination)
  • Shredded paper in a clear plastic bag
  • Glass: all bottles and jars (rinse; remove the lids)
  • Aluminum cans
  • Steel (tin) cans
  • Plastic: all food containers and plastic bottles (please rinse out) – NO PLASTIC BAGS, HOSES, PIPES or FURNITURE
  • Cardboard, broken down or cut to fit in the bin (keep it dry) (NO STYROFOAM)

    To find recycling drop-of sites near your home or office go to
3 Responses to “Recycling updates for the City of Atlanta”
  1. Maria Maria says:

    While traveling through Atlanta I was disappointed to see the “Green Sort Atl” bins located throughout the airport. These “bins” did nothing more than use up energy because they are all required to be plugged into an electrical outlet at all times. What happened to old-fashioned recycle bins that let us do our own sorting without this unnecessary use of energy? If one of the goals is to operate in an environmentally responsible manner, this recycling/sorting program should be eliminated in exchange for those old recycle bins.

  2. Patrick says:

    They are not plugged in. Everything is sorted offsite. This is the best solution. When everything is sorted onsite, three times the trucks are needed for pickup: garbage, compost(where applicable), and recycle. The type of machinery necessary to sort onsite would be an absurd feet of industrial engineering probably involving lasers and would be impractical.

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