Trash, Bulk Waste & Recycling Pickup Schedule and Rules

Pickup Schedule

Pickup for recycling, household trash, and yard trimmings for Underwood Hills is on Thursday of each week. Click here for more info on the City’s solid waste services.

Bulk Waste Pickup Schedule

Bulk waste pickup for Underwood Hills is the week of the 4th Monday of each month. Pickup typically happens on Thursday but can be on any day that week as the crews make their way through the NW quadrant. When there is a 5th week in a given month, that time will be used to recheck areas throughout the city where bulk collection may have been delayed due to weather or resource issues.

What can be recycled?

Many people think they know what can and cannot be recycled.  Check out the City’s website on its recycling program to make sure you’re doing it right and to learn more about the City’s Recycling Perks program.

Report a Trash, Recycling, or Yard Waste problem? Call 311 or visit www.atl311.com.

Solid waste, including yard trimmings and other items, is collected from single-family residences by Public Works’ Solid Waste Services once a week. Garbage must be placed in approved containers such as “Herbie Curbies”.

Old appliances, furniture and other bulky items should be placed at the curb by 7 a.m. on the scheduled pickup day. Atlanta Public Works does not pickup garbage or other disposable items produced by businesses.

For general information regarding garbage collection such as requesting a garbage container or reporting a missed pickup, please call 311 or visit www.atl311.com.

What is household hazardous waste how should it be disposed?

Household hazardous wastes are any product labeled: toxic, poison, corrosive, flammable, combustible or irritant that is thrown into the household garbage can. The City of Atlanta partnered with CHaRM (Center for Hard to Recycle Materials) to handle items that cannot be placed into your Herbie Curbie. The facility is located at 1110 Hill Street, Atlanta, GA 30315 and its hours of operation are noted below.

  • Tuesday & Thursday: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Saturday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

The CHaRM is an outdoor facility. In the event of extreme/inclement weather, please call 404.600.6386 before you visit to find out if the CHaRM is open.

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency,

“Leftover household products that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable, or reactive ingredients are considered to be “household hazardous waste” or “HHW.” Products, such as paints, cleaners, oils, batteries, and pesticides that contain potentially hazardous ingredients require special care when you dispose of them.”

Whenever possible, find more environmentally benign products in place of commonly hazardous products. Using common products like baking soda, vinegar, lemons, salt, and olive oil work effectively to clean and protect. See the suggested links listed below for more information on alternatives.

If you do have household hazardous wastes that you must dispose of, follow these suggestions for proper disposal:

  • Liquid Paint – Do not place liquid paint in the garbage can. Add kitty litter or saw dust to liquid oil paints to solidify them before placing the cans – lid off- in the garbage. Latex paints are not considered hazardous, but they must be solidified before disposal so simply leave the lid off the can so the paint will dry. Dispose in the garbage – lid off. ONLY empty paint cans or cans with solidified paint can be put into the garbage container.
  • Medications – Mix out-dated or no longer needed pills with coffee grounds before disposing of them in the garbage (DO NOT DISPOSE OF IN THE TOILET OR DOWN THE DRAIN). The coffee grounds make them unappealing to garbage snoopers, such as animals. Placing outdated or longer needed pills in the garbage can also keeps the medications out of the water system.
  • Pesticides and herbicides – Triple wrap old pesticides and herbicides in plastic before putting them in the garbage.
  • Solvents – Open solvents or fuels in a well ventilated area away from children and pets so the chemical will evaporate. Once evaporated, triple wrap the empty container in plastic and place it in the garbage.

Other Informative Links

http://www.epa.gov/waste/conserve/materials/hhw.htm

http://www.govlink.org/hazwaste/house/index.cfm

http://extension.missouri.edu/publications/DisplayPub.aspx?P=WM6003

http://www.p2pays.org/ref/04/03591.htm

http://www.clinton-county.org/Waste/documents/NontoxicalternativestoHHW.pdf

http://www.sierraclub.ca/national/programs/health-environment/pesticides/alternative-household-prod.pdf

http://www.ecomall.com/greenshopping/epasafe22.htm

http://www.smarxtdisposal.net

www.fws.gov/news/newsreleases/showNews.cfm?newsId=BD972725-A176-1841-9F1266DD535BE6B1

Collection events for electronics are a regular occurrence in various locations around Atlanta. Check the Keep Atlanta Beautiful site for more information.  http://www.keepatlantabeautiful.org