City Table of Contents
- Multifamily Ordinance
- What We Can Recycle
- What We Can’t Recycle
- Best Practices
- Contact Information
- Glossary Links
- Owners of any multifamily dwelling consisting of six or more living units shall provide commercial containers for the collection of recyclables, including, at minimum, the materials the city collects as part of its curbside recycling program, which includes, glass, plastics, newspapers, and aluminum cans.
- The capacity of the recycling containers shall be adequate to hold the recyclable materials of residents of the multi-family dwelling and shall be of a size not less than three gallons multiplied by the number of living units.
- Providing recycling service to the residents of each building no later than July 1, 2008.
- Responsible for securing and managing contracts for providing the material collection/recycling service for all building locations.
- Responsible for providing clearly marked collection bins for recyclable materials and containers for transporting the materials off-site. (Should be provided by the contracted recycling hauler).
- Recycling services to multi-family communities are not provided by the city of Atlanta at this time.
- Property owners/managers need to arrange a recycling contract with a waste hauler that provides bins and collection for at least: glass, plastics, newspapers and aluminum cans.
- Per city code, reporting recycling tonnage (which can be done via the link below), is required (hauler must provide this data to the communities).
- Clean plastics, dry, empty plastic bags/film packaging/grocery bags
- Plastic food containers: #1-#2-#5, clean and dry
- Paper: magazines/office paper/newspaper/phone-books
- Glass bottles and jars (food grade only)
- Metal (steel, iron, brass, aluminum, or copper)
- Metal food cans (please wash)
- Aluminum cans
- Ink printer cartridges (no toner)
- Waxed cartons (broth, milk, juice)
- Batteries (zinc-carbon, button, lithium, rechargeable, car)
- Household fats/oil/grease
- Wine corks
- Political signs
- Packing peanuts (take to UPS or shipping stores)
- Coat hangers (plastic or wire, take to your dry cleaners)
- Alkaline batteries
- PVC pipes
- Scrap wood
- Building materials, wood, joint compound, adhesive, roofing materials (contact Lifecycle Building center)
- Wire and plastic hangers may be returned to your dry cleaner.
- Plastic bags, wraps, and film may be recycled at your local grocery store.
- Packing peanuts-take to UPS or shipping store.
- If you are a multifamily community with buildings with five units you are eligible for curbside pick up
- For recycling not accepted curbside or for those multifamily homes that do not have curbside recycling, the following resources are available to you:
The Center for Hard to Recycle Materials (CHaRM) 1110 Hill Street SE Atlanta, GA. 30315 Phone: 404-600-6386
Hours of Operation Tuesday & Thursday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Saturday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Atlanta Recycles Day Greenbriar Mall 2841 Greenbriar Parkway SW Atlanta, GA 303 (Access road in front of Ashley Stewart)
Hours of Operation Every 3rd Saturday, 9:00 am – Noon
For additional information or assistance on multifamily recycling, please call 311 or visit atl311.com
Atlanta Recycling Days:
Multifamily recycling rules link:
City of Atlanta Curbside Residential recycling program:
Georgia Recycling: What you need to know (This is a link to the directory of several recycling programs in the state)