Trash & Recycling

Household Hazardous Waste Event

Event Date and Time: 
10/20/2012 - 8:00am - 12:00pm

From CEO Burrell Ellis' office: DECATUR – DeKalb County Chief Executive Officer Burrell Ellis invites county residents to participate in the fourth Household Hazardous Waste Event on Saturday, Oct. 20, 8 a.m. – noon at the DeKalb County Central Transfer Station, 3720 Leroy Scott Drive, Decatur, GA 30030.

The event, sponsored by Keep DeKalb Beautiful (KDB) and the DeKalb County Sanitation Division, in partnership with Clean Harbors Environmental Services, Inc., offers county residents an opportunity to dispose of their household hazardous wastes properly free of charge.  Household hazardous waste is classified as products that contain potentially dangerous chemicals and are no longer used.  These products should not be mixed with regular trash and can be potentially harmful to the environment if not disposed of properly. 

It’s Time for DeKalb Residents to “Get a Bin”

From District 6 commissioner Kathie Gannon: The DeKalb County Board of Commissioners recently took a big step to make DeKalb County greener.  Last Tuesday the Board voted to eliminate the initial $30 sign-up fee for curbside recycling.  It’s time for more DeKalb residents to recycle.

County recycling now free

From county CEO Burrell Ellis: DeKalb County has just made recycling a whole lot easier.  Effective today, Sept. 26, DeKalb County is eliminating the $30 registration fee for curbside recycling making it free for DeKalb residents.  The measure was approved unanimously by the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners.

Electronics Recycling

Event Date and Time: 
09/29/2012 - 9:00am - 1:00pm

From the City of Decatur: Fall Electronics Recycling Day 2012. WHEN:  Saturday, Sept. 29, 9 am -1 pm  NEW LOCATION!: Decatur Public Works, 2635 Talley St.  Please note, styrofoam will no longer be collected at Decatur's Electronics Recycling Day.  This material will be accepted at the new Paper Shredding and Styrofoam Recycling Event this fall, date TBA.  [Note: Styrofoam is accepted by Keep Atlanta Beautiful on the 1st and 2nd Saturdays every month.

Marshall Orson recycling his yard signs

From the Schulers: Marshall Orson's campaign wants to be a good neighbor and is planning to recycle his yard signs.  If you have an Orson yard sign, don't throw it in the trash!  Please drop off at the Schulers' carport at 815 N Superior Ave. and we will gladly deal with them for you.

How to stop delivery of the free paper

From neighbor Jim Smith: Just wanted to let anyone who's interested that the free paper that pops up in your driveway can be stopped with one call - 770 454-9388. Give them your address and the following Wednesday, your driveway will be paperless.

Recycle your life

Event Date and Time: 
05/12/2012 - 9:00am - 1:00pm

From Beth Bond via Civic Association Network: Start digging through the closets, scouring the garage or shed and piling up those stacks. Recycle Your Life is back for its third year! The event will be May 12th. So mark your calendars.  Complete list of accepted items here (pdf). 

Grease recycling a possible solution to county sewer spills?

From the AJC: DeKalb commissioner sees recycling as answer to sewer spill woes, By April Hunt,The Atlanta Journal-Constitution,Wednesday, March 28, 2012:  There are a billion reasons DeKalb apartment complexes should recycle cooking oil and other grease, according to County Commissioner Stan Watson.  Watson is thinking of the $1.35 billion DeKalb is spending to overhaul its water and sewer system to meet a federal mandate to stop sewer spills, 73 percent of which the county says are caused by grease, fat and oil building up in the sewer lines.  But as a recent Atlanta Journal-Constitution investigation revealed, none of the projects DeKalb has planned does much more than clean out the existing grease, fat and oil in the sewer lines.  Watson wants to peel some of that money away to launch a recycling program that sets up bins at apartments and to collect the pan drippings that, once purified, can sell for $3.25 a gallon.  “My wife right now has a pot on our stove full of grease. It’s not hard to do,” he said. “Folks can bring it down like they do their trash.” [Read more.]

County has two permanent electronic recycling sites

From the La Vista Park Neighborhood Association: DeKalb County has established a second permanent recycle site for electronic items.   More info is online at:

The site is located behind the DeKalb Justice facilities on Memorial Drive at I-285. 

County offers Household Hazardous Waste Round-up

Event Date and Time: 
03/31/2012 - 8:00am - 12:00pm

From commissioner Kathie Gannon via the Civic Association Network: upcoming opportunity for citizens to dispose of environmentally dangerous household products.  On Saturday, March 31, 8 a.m. to noon at the DeKalb County Central Transfer Station, 3720 Leroy Scott Drive near the intersection of Memorial Drive and Kensington Road, residents can safely dispose free of charge:

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