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  DeKalb County > Public Works > Sanitation > Frequently Asked Questions
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Frequently Asked Questions

• Do you pickup furniture/appliances at the curb?

Yes.  This service is available to all residential curbside customers.  All others will be subject to the Special Collection Fee Schedule listed below.  Further information can be obtained by contacting us at sanitation@co.dekalb.ga.us or by phone at (404) 294-2900.

    - Fee Schedule

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• How should refrigerators and freezers be prepared for collection?

Doors must be secured or removed and laid where they will not turn over by wind or children.  They should be placed on the right-of-way not blocking a mailbox, sidewalk, utilities, roadway, or drainage ditch.  All food must be removed prior to placing it at the curb for collection.  Once the appliance is placed at the curbside, contact us at sanitation@co.dekalb.ga.us or by phone at (404) 294-2900 for collection.

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• How do we handle dead animals?

Dead animals are collected by the Sanitation Department from unicorporated DeKalb County right-of-ways and roads.  Residential and Commercial locations are assessed a fee for collection.

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• How are Home Based Businesses Assessed?

Sanitation charges provide for landfill maintenance, environmental compliance, countywide sanitation, and related services, and are included on the annual tax statement for most properties in DeKalb County.  Currently, this is collected at a rate of $265.00 per year.  If a home business license is registered, the sanitation fee is raised to $400.00 per year.  Commercial properties, apartment and some condominium complexes, and other non-residential properties are billed by the Sanitation Department.  For information on sanitation operations, recycling, pickup schedules, or other specific questions, please contact the Sanitation Department.

   - Sanitation Requirements for:
         Commercial Businesses
         Home-based Businesses

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• What is the proper size for tree parts?

Tree trunks must be cut small enough in size that they can be hand loaded on the collection vehicle.  Each cut piece must not exceed 50 pounds in weight.  Limbs and branches must not exceed four feet in length and stacked neatly at the curb.  Twigs, leaves, pine straw, and other small vegetation items must be placed in paper biodegradable bags or emptied cardboard boxes that do not exceed 20-40 gallons in size.  The resident can also use 20-40 gallon containers that are clean and have not been exposed to loose household refuse.

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• Do you pick up building materials and is there a charge?

Yes, see the fee schedule listed below.

    - Fee Schedule

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• What kind of container do we need for garbage pickup?

Place household garbage in water tight galvanized metal or durable plastic containers or durable plastic bags.  Containers should not be less than 20 gallons or more than 32 gallons with two durable handles and tight fitting lids, or plastic bags securely tied.  If you use containers, place loose household waste in tied plastic bags prior to placing in the container.

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• What kind of containers should we use for yard debris?

Use biodegradable paper bags, clean cardboard boxes or durable clean cans that have not been exposed to household waste.  All bags, boxes, or containers must not exceed 20-40 gallons in size or 50 lbs in weight.
*** Please note *** Plastic bags are not acceptable.

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• How do I dispose of a Christmas Tree for Recycling?

DeKalb residents receiving sanitation services can place their tree at the curb for pick-up on regular yard waste collection days.  Trees should be seven feet or smaller; trees eight feet or larger need to be cut in half for curbside pick-up.  The recycled trees will be chipped into mulch or used as wildlife habitat.  Mulch is used for public beautification projects and is free to DeKalb County residents.

NOTE:  Trees will be collected the entire month of January.

NOTE:  For more information on Christmas tree recycling or free Christmas tree mulch, please email Keep DeKalb Beautiful or call (404) 294-2010.

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• How do I pay for Residential Collection Services?

Your residential collection services are billed with your annual property tax statement as a seperate line item.

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• What services are included in the assessment fee?

Twice a week household collection, once per week yard collection, newspaper and alumumin can recycling.

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• What time should garbage, yard debris, and recyclables be placed at curbside for collection?

All garbage, yard debris, and recyclables must be placed at curbside by 8:00 a.m. on the day of your scheduled pickup days.  No exceptions.

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• Do you have a landfill for public use?

Yes.  The Seminole Road Landfill is located at 4203 Clevemont Road, Ellenwood, Georgia 30294.  We can be contacted at (404) 687-4020.

For directions to the Seminole Landfill, enter Your address here (street, city state)
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• Do you pick up tires?

Yes.  Sanitation will collect up to 4 passenger tires from a residential home at a fee of $2.00 per tire.  Or you may take up to a maximum of 10 passenger tires to the Seminole Road Landfill located at 4203 Clevemont Road, Ellenwood Georgia (404) 687-4020.

    - Fee Schedule

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• Who handles litter on county roads and right-of-ways?

Please contact the DeKalb County Call Center to request the removal of litter or to report dumping violations at (404) 294-2900 or via email sanitation@co.dekalb.ga.us

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• Who mows the rights-of-ways?

Property owners are responsible for maintaining the right-of-way joining their property.  Sanitation periodically mows overgrown County right-of-ways, trims bushes, increases sight vision on right-of-ways and County owned vacant lots.  If you need more information please contact us at sanitation@co.dekalb.ga.us or by phone at (404) 294-2900.

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