DeKalb Implements Recycling Program Changes - Residents offered new recycling container options

09/08/17 5:21 pm

The DeKalb County Sanitation Division announces changes to the residential curbside single-stream recycling program. Effective Sept. 11, 2017, only two recycling container options will be offered. A new standard 35-gallon recycling roll cart will replace bins and bags, and the existing 65-gallon recycling roll cart upgrade option will continue. The 18-gallon recycling bin and 40-gallon recycling bag options will no longer be available.  

New Recycling Subscriber
•    Complimentary 35-gallon roll cart, or 
•    65-gallon roll cart upgrade for a one-time $15 prepaid fee   

Existing Recycling Subscriber   
•    Complimentary 35-gallon roll cart, or
•    65-gallon roll cart upgrade for a one-time $15 prepaid fee   
•    Mandatory trade in of 18-gallon bin by April 30, 2018
•    Use of 40-gallon recycling bags permitted until inventory is fully depleted          

Requests for roll carts can be submitted by mail, online by visiting, in person at the Sanitation Division’s administrative office, or by emailing A recycling subscription form must be completed for all roll cart requests, and is available online. Recycling bin trade-ins must be processed at the Sanitation Division’s administrative office, 3720 Leroy Scott Drive, Decatur, GA 30032, Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

These recycling container changes provide subscribers with more durable and practical recycling container options, and support the Sanitation Division’s move toward safer and more efficient recycling collection using fully automated collection vehicles to be introduced by fall 2018. The Sanitation Division services over 178,000 households weekly, with over 80,000 households participating in the curbside single-stream recycling program.

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(Commissioner Jeff Rader represents District Two on DeKalb County's Board of Commissioners. He was reelected in November of 2010 for another four-year term.)

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