Frequently Asked Questions

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How can residents subscribe to the recycling program?
Click here for more information.

What are the proper single-stream recycling preparation and collection procedures?
Recyclable materials can be commingled and loosely placed inside a county-issued 35- or 65-gallon recycling roll cart. Recycling containers must be placed curbside prior to 7 a.m. on a resident’s scheduled collection day. Click here (curbside recycling section) for more information on acceptable and unacceptable recyclable items.

What are the county-approved recycling containers?
35- and 65-gallon recycling roll carts.

Is glass being recycled?
While the County no longer accepts glass in curbside single-stream recycling, residents can recycle glass using county-operated glass recycling drop-off locations. Click here for more information.

What type of container should be used for garbage collection?
Household garbage must be placed in county-issued green 45-, 65- or 95-gallon garbage roll carts. Excess garbage can be placed in secure, durable plastic bags, and placed next to roll carts for servicing. Effective April 18, 2016, only county-issued garbage roll carts are serviced; customer-provided garbage containers are not serviced.

What kind of containers should be used for yard trimmings?
Biodegradable paper bags, clean cardboard boxes or durable clean cans that have not been exposed to household waste should be used. All bags, boxes or containers must not exceed 20-40 gallons in size or 50 pounds in weight. 

*** Please note *** Plastic bags are not acceptable.

What time should garbage, yard trimmings and recyclables be placed curbside for collection?
All garbage, yard trimmings and recyclables must be placed curbside by 7 a.m. on scheduled collection days.  

Does the Sanitation Division collect furniture and appliances at the curb?
Yes. This service is available free to all residential curbside customers. All other residents will be subject to the Special Collection Fee Schedule (see Fee Schedule below).  More information can be obtained by contacting the Sanitation Division at or (404) 294-2900. Please click here for the fee schedule.

How should refrigerators and freezers be prepared for collection?
Doors must be secured or removed, and placed on the right-of-way away from mailboxes, sidewalks, utilities, roadways or drainage ditches.  All food must be removed prior to placing the item at the curb for collection.  Once the appliance is placed curbside, please contact us at or (404) 294-2900 to arrange for collection.

How should paint be prepared for proper disposal?
Paint can be collected at the curb on residents’ scheduled collection day as long as the paint has solidified, and will not pour out of the can. Residents can use kitty litter or another drying agent to solidify liquid paint. Another method is to remove the paint can’s lid, and stir the paint daily until it hardens in the can. Full cans of paint must be dry to the bottom, and not simply crusted over. Kindly ensure that paint cans are left beside the garbage roll cart, and not placed inside the roll cart with household garbage. The lid must be removed, and can either be placed in residents’ single-stream recycling container, or disposed in bagged garbage inside the garbage roll cart.  Cans with liquid paint placed in collection trucks can spill and leak onto roads. Paint spills on roads are extremely difficult to remove.

How should Christmas trees be prepared for collection?
The Sanitation Division provides county residents with free curbside Christmas tree collection from December 26 through the end of the second week in January. Collections occur on residents’ scheduled collection day. To participate, residents must remove all decorations from trees and place them curbside. Trees should be seven feet or shorter. Trees that cannot be cut to the required length can be taken to the County’s Seminole Road Landfill, or collected by the Sanitation Division’s special collection unit (fees will apply). All trees are recycled and converted to mulch.

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

What sanitation assessment fees are associated with home-based businesses?
In general, solid waste collection services fall under Section 22 of the DeKalb County Code.  All home-based businesses within the DeKalb County Sanitation Division’s service area are under the Sanitation Division’s jurisdiction.  Any individual with a business license at a home-based location, pays an annual sanitation assessment fee equivalent to that of a residential-only customer in spite of the facility serving a dual purpose of a home and business. Please call the Division's customer care team at 404-294-2900 for more information on requirements for establishing a home-based business.

How is new sanitation service established?
Residents requesting new sanitation service are required to complete the residential garbage roll cart request form. Proof of new ownership or lease agreement will be requested. A prorated and prepaid annual sanitation assessment fee will be required prior to activating collection service. Click here for more information on how to establish new sanitation service.

How are residential collection services billed and paid?
Residents' annual sanitation assessment fees are billed on annual property tax statements through the Tax Commissioner's office, and listed as a separate line item. Please visit the Tax Commissioner's website for more information on payment options.

What services are included in the annual sanitation assessment fee?
Once-a-week household garbage, recyclable materials and yard trimmings collection, and bulky item collections.

Do you collect building materials and is there a charge?
Yes, please click here for the fee schedule.

Does the Sanitation Division collect tires from residents?
Yes. The Sanitation Division will collect up to four passenger tires from residential customers at a fee of $2.00 per tire.  Or, residents may take a maximum of 10 passenger tires to the Seminole Road Landfill located at 4203 Clevemont Road, Ellenwood, GA 30294. Please call (404) 687-4020 for more information.

Does the county have a landfill for public use?
Yes. The Seminole Road Landfill is located at 4203 Clevemont Road, Ellenwood, GA 30294.  Please call (404) 687-4020 for more information.

For directions to the Seminole Road Landfill, please enter your address here (street, city state):

What items can residents dispose of at the landfill, and at what cost?
Residents are able to dispose of garbage, yard trimmings, furniture, personal vehicle tires,appliances and construction and demolition material at the landfill. Disposal costs are as follows:

Garbage, furniture, yard trimmings and construction and demolition material

                    Up to 999 lbs. - $16.50
                    1,000 lbs. and up - prorated at $33 per ton

Appliances without Freon (stove, dishwasher, trash compactor, etc.)

                    $5 fee per appliance

Appliances with Freon (refrigerator, freezer, air conditioner, etc.)

                    $16.50 per appliance

Personal vehicle tires (no commercial vehicle tires are accepted; up to 10 tires are accepted)

                     $1 per tire

Who handles litter on county roads and rights of way?
Please contact the Beautification Unit - Keep DeKalb Beautiful regarding litter removal or illegal dumping inquiries or issues by clicking here.

Who mows the county rights of way?
Property owners are responsible for maintaining the right of way joining their property. The Beautification Unit - Keep DeKalb Beautiful periodically mows overgrown county rights of way, trims bushes, and increases sight vision on rights of way and county-owned vacant lots. For more information, please visit the Beautification Unit - Keep DeKalb Beautiful website by click here.

How should dead animals be handled?
Dead animals are collected by the Sanitation Division from county rights of way and roads. Collection from residents’ homes are assessed a nominal collection fee. Residents also have the option of transporting dead animals to the Division’s animal crematory or Seminole Road Landfill. Click here for more information.