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Mulch and Compost

Yard trimmings collected from residents are recycled into mulch and compost at the Seminole Road Landfill. Mulch and compost are available free of charge to DeKalb residents.

Click here for the compost/mulch request and delivery form.

Compost pickup locations

Northern Avenue & Memorial Drive (next to the Tax Commissioner's office)
Monday - Friday:  7 a.m. – 6 p.m.*

North Transfer Station
4600 Buford Highway
Chamblee, GA 30341
Monday - Friday:  7 a.m. – 5 p.m.*
Saturday:  7 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.*

Seminole Road Landfill
4203 Clevemont Road
Ellenwood, GA 30294
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.*
Saturday:  8 a.m. - 4 p.m.*

East Transfer Station
1750 Rogers Lake Road
Lithonia, GA 30058
Monday - Friday:  7 a.m. – 5 p.m.*
Saturday:  7 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.*

*Hours may change due to inclement weather and other factors

The procedure for picking up compost is:

Complete the Compost/Mulch Delivery Request form.

Inform the scale attendant that you are a DeKalb County resident and would like to pick up compost.

Follow directions to the compost area.

Residents are responsible for collecting and placing compost in their designated container.

Delivery of compost:  Compost can be purchased and delivered to customer locations at a cost of $7.50 per cubic yard.

Additional information on compost is available by calling (404) 687-4016.

Click here for information on how to create your own compost.

Mulch pickup locations

Seminole Road Landfill
4203 Clevemont Road
Ellenwood, GA 30294
Monday - Friday:  8 a.m. - 5 p.m.*
Saturday:  8 a.m. - 4 p.m.*

*Hours may change due to inclement weather and other factors.

The procedure for picking up mulch is:

Complete the Compost/Mulch Delivery Request form.

Inform the scale attendant that you are a DeKalb County resident and would like to pick up mulch.

Follow directions to the mulch area.

Residents are responsible for collecting and placing the mulch in their designated container.

Additional information on mulch is available by calling (404) 687-4016.

Delivery of mulch: Mulch can be purchased and delivered to customer locations at a cost of $7.50 per cubic yard.

Additional information on mulch is available by calling (404) 687-4016.

Click here for information on how to create your own mulch.

Events

JANUARY- Bring One for the Chipper 

Every year, Keep DeKalb Beautiful sponsors "Bring One for the Chipper" as part of a Statewide effort to recycle Christmas trees. This annual event continues the tradition of recycling live Christmas trees. Citizens have the option to submit used trees to designated drop-off points in DeKalb County. Residents who are currently serviced by DeKalb County Sanitation Division Bring One for the Chipper   may also leave their trees for curbside pick-up. The Christmas trees are recycled by chipping them into mulch for use in landscaping, or by using them as fish and wildlife habitats.

Last year, more than 200,000 trees were recycled in the State of Georgia. Over 10,000 of those trees were from DeKalb citizens. The program produces tangible environmental benefits while helping our county comply with Sate regulations that prohibit the disposal of yard trimmings in lined municipal landfills.

Click here for information on how to obtain free mulch through a KDB Beautification Project or DeKalb County Sanitation Division.

 

FEBRUARY- Arbor Day 

Arbor Day is a nationally recognized celebration in which many communities take the time to plant the seeds of tomorrow today. The idea for Arbor Day originally came from Nebraska. A visit to Nebraska today wouldn't disclose that the state was once a treeless plain. Yet it was the lack of trees there that led to the founding of Arbor Day in the 1800s. In 1854, J. Arbor Day - Outstanding Dogwood Tree Contest Winner 2008Sterling Morton, American pioneer from Detroit established a home in Nebraska, which he quickly planted with trees, shrubs and flowers.

As a journalist and editor, Morton advocated tree planting and also encouraged civic organizations and groups to join in and plant trees. His prominence in the area increased, and he became secretary of the Nebraska Territory, which provided another opportunity to stress the value of trees.

Georgian's recognize Arbor Day on February, 15th. Due to recent drought, recognizing the importance of trees and their impact on the environment has become vital to communities. The KDB recognizes Arbor Day in a variety of ways including showcasing outstanding existing trees in the county through Selected Tree Photo Contests and tree planting events. See our Photo Gallery.

For more information on the upcoming Arbor Day recognition event, please contact the KDB Office.

APRIL -Great American Clean up and Earth Day
Great American Cleanup - Georgia

You can be involved with the largest litter prevention and beautification effort ever. In April, join two million volunteers across the country and help clean up your community! The Great American Cleanup is an annual, nationwide, community improvement campaign started by Keep America Beautiful in 1999. Each year KDB participates in Keep America Beautiful's Great American Cleanup initiative as a way of giving our communities a "Fresh Start."

DeKalb Tech - Phi Theta Kappa Volunteers at the 2008 Dump-It-Right Day EventDeKalb County community groups register with KDB to host community clean ups and beautification projects around the county. Groups that register receive plastic bags, gloves, safety vests, pickup sticks and t-shirts as supplies are available. Community groups join DeKalb County in picking up trash and litter from streets and sidewalks.

In past years, community groups have helped remove over 30,000 pounds of litter from 130 miles of roadway around DeKalb County.

Earth Day, April 22nd, has inspired and mobilized individuals and organizations worldwide to demonstrate their commitment to environmental protection and sustainability.  Each year KDB implements an environmental stewardship activity within the community as a part DeKalb County’s EARTH DAY activities.

Great American Clean UpThrough the efforts of concerned citizens, this event continues to provide the greatest impact towards improving the health and aesthetic value of DeKalb County. For more information on how to participate in the Great American Clean up or this year's Earth Day activity, please contact the KDB office.

MAY- Compost Demonstration Day

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KDB partners with the DeKalb County Extension Service and their Master Gardener Program to conduct a compost demonstration workshop. The demonstration workshop includes information on:

  • What goes in your 30-gallon brown, paper refuse bag,
  • How to make an indoor Worm Compost (Vermicomposting),
  • How to build a compost bin,
  • Master Gardener table with plants or seedlings,
  • Make your own terrariums,
  • How to grow your vegetables with compost,
  • The difference between Mulch and Compost, and information on soil sampling.

Organic materials represent 70 percent of materials landfilled each year and composting has proven an effective form of utilizing this resource.  Promoting the use of renewable resources in landscaping, horticulture and agriculture enhances community sustainability.
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DeKalb County Sanitation Division offers the citizens of DeKalb free compost and mulch for pickup.  To locate the nearest compost/mulch pickup location, please visit the Sanitation Website. For more information on composting or upcoming events, please contact the KDB office.

Electronics Recycling

Rivers Alive

OCTOBER- Rivers Alive 

Rivers Alive is Georgia's annual volunteer waterway cleanup event that targets all waterways in the State including streams, rivers, lakes, beaches, and wetlands. The mission of Rivers Alive is to create awareness of and involvement in the preservation of Georgia's water resources.

Georgia's 70,150 miles of streams and rivers need your help! Our waterways provide us with fresh drinking water, great 2008 Rivers Alive Cleanup of Little Nancy Creek in Huntley Hills Park (Before)recreational opportunities like canoeing and fishing, and they serve as a pleasant respite from our busy day to day lives. Everyone contributes to pollution in our streams. This is your opportunity to help by giving something back to the environment!

Every October, KDB sponsors a Rivers Alive clean up on one of many DeKalb County stream reaches. Volunteers are needed to Huntley Hills Neighborhood Association Volunteersensure that this event is a success. To volunteer for our Rivers Alive event, contact the KDB office to inquire about this year's event location and date.
 

NOVEMBER- America Recycles Day

America Recycles Day The goal of America Recycles Day (ARD) annual campaign is to encourage Americans to recycle and to buy recycled products. Since its inception in 1997, the ARD campaign has grown substantially. Last year, residents in every state of the nation participated in America Recycles Day and pledged to recycle. America Recycles Day is recognized on November 15th.

 

Last year, our shredding and recycling of 7.68 tons paper yielded environmental conservation savings of 53,380 gallons of water (annual water usage of 2 persons), 3 tons of CO2 eq (same as removing 1 car from the road for 6 months), 34,836 kilowatt hours of electricity (annual electricity requirements of 3 homes) and 184 mature trees!

 

 

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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DeKalb County’s Single-Stream Curbside Recycling Program
DeKalb County recognizes recycling yields environmental and economic benefits for the community. DeKalb’s comprehensive recycling program allows county residents the opportunity to recycle a large variety of household materials conveniently.  Recycling saves valuable raw materials and cuts down on waste collection by diverting recyclables from the County’s Seminole Road Landfill.  More than half of the waste that goes to the landfill could have been recycled.

For more information on how to sign up for DeKalb County’s residential single-stream curbside recycling program, or to view accepted materials, please visit the DeKalb Recycles menu link.

Household Hazardous Waste
Leftover household products containing corrosive, toxic, ignitable or reactive ingredients are considered to be household hazardous waste (HHW).  Products such as paints, cleaners, oils, batteries, and pesticides that contain potentially hazardous ingredients require special care when being disposed.  DeKalb County is proud to offer its residents an opportunity to recycle unwanted HHW every fall and spring, helping to divert harmful products from the County’s Seminole Road Landfill.  To date, the County has captured over 200,000 pounds of paint.

Improper disposal of HHW can include pouring them down the drain, dumping on the ground, into storm drains, or in some cases putting it out with the trash.  Improper disposal of these wastes can pollute the environment and pose a threat to human health.

Information on the next Household Hazardous Waste event can be found on the Event Schedule menu link.

 Electronics Recycling
The county’s goal is to promote the recovery, reuse and recycling of obsolete electronic equipment, while diverting electronics from Seminole Road Landfill.  To date, DeKalb County has collected one million pounds of electronics from residents.

The county offers permanent drop-off sites that are open year round for residents' convenience to dispose of electronic materials:
     1.  Seminole Road Landfill
     2.  DeKalb County Sanitation Division's Central Transfer Station

For information on site locations, visit the DeKalb Recycles menu link.

recycle.gifRecycling Events
DeKalb County recycles.  Do You?

In order to capture all things recyclable, the Sanitation Division hosts several recycling events throughout the year.  Please visit the Event Schedule menu link for more information. November 15 is America Recycles Day.  America Recycles Day (ARD) is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to the promotion of recycling programs in the United States.  It's one day to inform, educate and get neighbors, friends and community leaders excited about what can be accomplished when everyone works together.

Compost and Mulch
The DeKalb County Sanitation Division collects separated yard trimmings from 176,000 residents on a weekly basis for composting and other beneficial uses. weaver.jpgComposting is an easy way to transform your landscape trimmings and your fruit and vegetable kitchen scraps into a dark, crumbly, sweet smelling soil amendment.  Gardeners refer to composting as “turning your garbage into gold” because it saves landfill space, conserves natural resources and improves soil quality.

Compost is recycling!  Composting saves money, lowering solid waste bills and replacing the need for commercial soil amendments.  It helps garden and container plants by improving the fertility and health of the soil and saves water by helping the soil hold moisture, and reduces water runoff.  It also benefits the environment by recycling valuable organic resources from yard trimmings.

For more information on materials to compost visit the Sanitation Division website.

DeKalb County’s Sanitation Division offers county residents FREE compost made from residential yard trimmings. To find a location for pick up, please click here.

Commercial Recycling

DeKalb County’s Sanitation Division provides corrugated cardboard recycling service and commingled recycling options to commercial entities upon request.  Customers are provided a 6 cubic yard container fitted for recycling of cardboard with the option for a smaller 55-gallon bin with commingled bags.

The Sanitation Division's Green Business Program rewards DeKalb County businesses for their outstanding achievements in environmental sustainability.  Through their corporate leadership, DeKalb-based businesses have a unique opportunity to be recognized for their environmental efforts by providing their business with commercial recycling, maintaining their businesses’ right of way and adopting a stretch of roadway.

The Green Business Program is an excellent way to participate in commercial recycling.  For more information on Commercial Recycling opportunities, please contact the Sanitation Division at (404) 294-2900.

Green Purchasing Policy

DeKalb County has a long standing commitment to good stewardship and sustainable purchasing policies.  On October 28, 2009 the DeKalb County CEO issued an Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Policy.  This policy is an effort to spend taxpayer dollars on goods and services that minimize the negative effects on the environment and provide sound economic options.  Although primarily under the purview of the Department of Purchasing and Contracting, the policy encourages all departments to demonstrate leadership in pursuing sustainable practices in their operations.  Along with the county’s other energy conserving policies, the Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Policy should create significant progress in achieving the goals of energy and natural resource conservation.  To view the ordinance, click here.

County Surplus Program - Fleet Division

DeKalb County’s Fleet Maintenance Division oversees the maintenance and repair of both conventional and alternative fueled vehicles offering many opportunities for change in pursuit of sustainable fleet management.  DeKalb County government recognizes the need to limit emissions, keeping DeKalb’s air cleaner, conserving the county’s consumption of fuel, while increasing the life of the engine.  Idle time in county vehicles is limited to five minutes except in cases of emergencies or extreme temperature.     
      
barrel.gifSignificant measures include:

  • Recycling parts and cleaner fluids
  • Used oil filters recycled for their metal
  • Recyclintg antifreeze
  • EPA-mandated storm receptors installed at two locations
  • Recapping used truck and trailer tires
  • Recycling metal, paper, cardboard, tires

 

Transfer Stations

Transfer station use is limited to commercial customers within DeKalb County. Residential customers are not permitted to use transfer stations. Construction and demolition material is not accepted at any transfer station. Residents can transport this material to the Seminole Road Landfill for disposal (click here for the Seminole Road Landfill webpage).

To establish a commercial account, click here for the commercial account request form.

For information on commercial service fees, click here.

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3720 Leroy Scott Drive
Decatur, GA 30032
(404) 294-2172

Hours of operation 
Monday - Friday:  7 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The Central Transfer Station is closed on all DeKalb County Government observed holidays.

Only solid waste material generated in DeKalb County is accepted.

Acceptable Items
Municipal solid waste
Yard trimmings

Unacceptable Items
Construction & demolition material
Municipal sludge
Contaminated soil

East Transfer Station (temporarily closed)
1750 Rogers Lake Road
Lithonia, GA 30058
(770) 484-3049

Hours of operation (and compost availability)
Monday - Friday:  7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday:  7 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

The East Transfer Station is closed on all DeKalb County Government observed holidays.

Only solid waste material generated in DeKalb County is accepted.

Acceptable Items
Municipal solid waste
Yard trimmings

Unacceptable Items
Construction & demolition material
Municipal sludge
Contaminated soil

North Transfer Station
4600 Buford Highway
Chamblee, GA 30341
(404) 687-4079

Hours of operation (and compost availability)
Monday - Friday:  7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday:  7 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

The North Transfer Station is closed on all DeKalb County Government observed holidays.

Only solid waste material generated in DeKalb County is accepted.

Acceptable Items
Municipal solid waste
Yard trimmings

Unacceptable Items
Construction & demolition material
Municipal sludge
Contaminated soil

Historic Preservation

Historic preservation in DeKalb County is concerned with identifying and protecting areas, buildings, and sites of significance in the history of our county, our state, and our nation.  These include historic districts, individual buildings, cemeteries, and archeological sites.

The primary job of the preservation planner is to provide technical and administrative support and assistance to the DeKalb County Historic Preservation Commission.  Beyond that, the preservation planner assists other agencies of state and county government where their duties intersect with historic preservation, and provides assistance to individuals and private organizations interested in researching and preserving the history of the DeKalb County.

The DeKalb County Board of Commissioners has established the DeKalb County Historic Preservation Commission to protect historic places within unincorporated DeKalb County. The preservation commission is made up of seven residents of the county, appointed by the Board of Commissioners and the Chief Executive Officer of the county. The preservation commissions are volunteers and receive no compensation.

DeKalb County currently has two locally designated districts. The Druid Hills Historic District is located in the west central part of the county, between Decatur and Atlanta. This district is based around a number of related suburbs developed in the first half of the twentieth century. The second district is primarily concerned with the preservation of archeological sites. This is the Soapstone Ridge Historic District, located in the southwest corner of the country.

 

Druid Hills Historic District - Design Manual

Part One:  The District & The Process

Section 1 Local District Designation

Section 2 Design Review in DeKalb County

Section 3 Historic Development

Section 4 Historic Resources - Analysis of Existing Conditions & Historic Character

Part Two:  General Design Guidelines & Preservation Principles

Section 5 Preservation Principles & approaches for Architectural Rehabilitation Projects

Section 6 Architectural Rehabilitation Guidelines

Section 7 Additions & New Construction - Preserving Form & Layout

Section 8 Natural Landscapes - Protecting the Design Context

Section 9 Cultural Landscapes Guidelines - Maintaining "The Look"

Section 10 Archaeological Resources/Section 11 Guidelines for Non-historic Properties

Part Three:  Character Areas Analyses & Guidelines

Section 12 Druid Hills National Register District - Character Areas #1 & #2

Section 13 University Park / Emory Highlands / Emory Estates Character Area

Section 14 Emory Grove Character Area

Section 15 - Parkwood Character Area

Appendices

Emory Village Design Standards

Chelsea Heights Design Guidelines

Artwood Design Guidelines

Processing Transfer Stations

ONLY customers with a Sanitation Commercial Account can utilize the transfer stations. Citizens ARE NOT allowed to use any of the transfer stations.


No construction and demolition waste is accepted at ANY transfer station – residents can transport this material for Seminole Road Landfill for disposal – see Seminole Road Landfill for disposal charge.


To establish a Sanitation Commercial Account click the link below.


  - Commercial Account Request Form


  - Fee Schedule


 Central Transfer Station

3720 Leroy Scott Drive

Decatur, GA 30032

Telephone: (404) 294-2172


Hours of Operation:  Monday - Friday | 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Click the link below to launch the map of the Central Transfer Station.


Central Transfer Station Map


Central Transfer Station is closed on all DeKalb County government observed holidays.


Only Solid Waste Material generated in DeKalb County is acceptable for disposal.


Acceptable Waste for Disposal

Municipal Solid Waste

Yard Debris


Unacceptable Waste

Construction & Demolition Waste

Municipal Sludge

Contaminated Soils


East Transfer Station

1750 Rogers Lake Road

Lithonia, GA 30058

Telephone:  (770) 484-3049


Hours of Operation (and compost availability)


Monday - Friday:  7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Saturday:  7:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


 


 




East Transfer Station is closed on all DeKalb County government observed holidays.


Only Solid Waste Material Generated in DeKalb County is accepted for disposal.


Acceptable Waste for Disposal

Municipal Solid Waste

Yard Debris


Unacceptable Waste

Construction & Demolition Waste

Municipal Sludge

Contaminated Soil


North Transfer Station

4600 Buford Highway

Chamblee, GA 30341

Telephone:  (404) 687-4079


Hours of Operation (and compost availability)


Monday - Friday:  7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Saturday:  7:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


 


 


 




   


North Transfer Station is closed on all DeKalb County government observed holidays.


Only Solid Waste Material generated in DeKalb county is acceptable for disposal.


Acceptable Waste for Disposal>

Municipal Solid Waste

Yard Debris


Unacceptable Waste

Construction & Demolition Waste

Municipal Sludge

Contaminated Soils


Contact Us

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In an attempt to ensure that inquiries are addressed in a timely and efficient manner and are routed through the proper channels, kindly contact the customer service team at (404) 294-2900 or sanitation@dekalbcountyga.gov for any of the following:

  • Missed collections – garbage, recycling and/or yard trimmings
  • Customer billing inquiries
  • Customer service hours of operation (may change due to inclement weather and other factors)
  • Recycling subscriptions or inquiries
  • Establishing new sanitation collection service accounts
  • Animal crematory inquiries or requests
  • Residential and commercial special collections requests (fee-based collections for items such as construction and demolition materials, tires, electronics, mattresses, furniture, etc.)
  • Seminole Road Landfill inquiries (hours of operation, cost for use, etc.)
  • Transfer station operations (commercial)
  • Free compost pickup locations
  • Seminole Road Landfill tour information

DeKalb County Sanitation Division
Administration Building/Central Transfer Station

3720 Leroy Scott Drive
Decatur, GA 30032
(404) 294-2900
sanitation@dekalbcountyga.gov

Hours of operation (may change due to inclement weather and other factors)
​Administration building:      7 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday - Friday
Call center:                         7 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday - Friday

Thank you for your patronage.  It is always a pleasure serving you.

 

Beautification Projects

 

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Beautification projects in DeKalb County are aimed at helping citizens dramatically improve their neighborhood's environment and aesthetics. Well maintained, clean communities discourage littering, illegal dumping, and crime. Clean communities also contribute to the overall health of our environment, increase property values and attract new businesses to the neighborhood.

 

The following is a list of Keep DeKalb Beautiful's Beautification Projects, Workshops and Events in recent years:

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Barriers to Beautification

Heart of South DeKalb Festival
Tucker Recreation Center
Lucious Sanders Recreation Center
Montessori at Emory School
Greater Towers Spring Community Festival
DeKalb County Safety Day
Berean Christian Church
Juvenile Court-Memorial Drive @ Kensington

Rain Barrel Workshop

Mason Mill Park
Brookrun Park
City of Brookhaven
Arabia Mountain Park
Scottdale Community Center

Operation Clean Sweep Board-Up Program

Tulip Drive, Decatur, GA
Northview Avenue, Decatur, GA
Longleaf Drive, Decatur, GA

Glendale Court Beautification 
Columbia High School Beautification
Wadsworth Elementary Planting
Brookside Park Beautification
Old McDonough Road Closure

Hazardous Household Waste Event

 

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How to Beautify Your Neighborhood

Organize Neighborhood Clean-Ups 
Implement Public Art

Plant Flowers and Trees
Remove Graffiti Vandalism
Start a Community Garden
Report Blight to the Code Enforcement Department
Recycle

How KDB Can Help You

We Provide: 

Landscaping Project Materials Free of Charge including Trees, Compost, and Mulch (subject to availability)
Tools and Information to Respond to Graffiti Vandalism
Access to Tree and Plant Specialists
Publicity and Acknowledgment for your Group's Efforts

 

Please contact us if you would like to volunteer or need assistance with a beautification project in your neighborhood.
 

e-Permitting

Welcome to the DeKalb County Planning and Sustainability e-Permitting Page

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NEWS! 

DeKalb County Planning and Sustainability has upgraded its Permitting and Licensing Systems 

  

As a result, the upgrade substantially enhances customer service, transparency, data management and reporting.  If you need assistance or have any questions, please contact us at permitinfo@dekalbcountyga.gov

 

  • To apply for Permits or Check your Permit Status click here

  • To check your Business License Status click here

  • To login to ePlans click here

  • To sign-up for ePlans or ePermit Training click here

 

***Note - If you are submitting your plans electronically, please submit them using the E-plans system after you received an email invitation to do so. If you are applying for a Sign Permit please upload your documentation as attachments to the E-permit system.

 

HOW TO GUIDES

 

 

 

 

 

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