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Residential & Special Pick-Up
- 2014 Holiday Schedule
- Sanitation Requirements for Home-based Businesses 

Household Garbage Collection Procedures
All Household Garbage must be drained free of liquids and placed in individual trash bags that are securely tied or placed inside an approved receptacle.  Approved receptacles include 20-32 gallon durable metal and or plastic containers with two durable handles and a detachable lid.  Household Garbage must be placed at the curb before 8:00 a.m. not blocking mailboxes, utilities, driveways, sidewalks, drainage systems or roadways.  Residents are not allowed to place refuse at the curb before 7:00 p.m. on the day before service.  Containers must be returned to your home after collection.  Containers cannot stay at the curb more than 24 hours for any reason.  If your Household Garbage has not been collected by 2:00 p.m. on the scheduled day call Sanitation at (404) 294-2900 and the garbage will be collected the following business day.

Bulky Items Collection Procedures
All bulky items are collected by special collection vehicles and are included in the residential annual assessment fees.  Bulky items include furniture, mattresses and box springs, household appliances, playground equipment, lawn mowers, hand tools, accessories etc. and/ or other items not collected on the weekly servicing days.  Call Sanitation at (404) 294-2900 to report bulky items as soon as they have been placed at the curb.  The collection period is between 1- 5 business days.

Special Collection Service
Special collection services are provided for a fee to residents to properly dispose of tires, uncontainerized/ improperly prepared yard waste, construction and demolition materials; rocks, dirt, concrete, wood, metal fences, decking, and other materials not identified.  These special items are collected using specialized vehicles and are not included in the annual residential assessments.  For scheduling call Sanitation at (404) 294-2900.

Yard Debris Collection Procedures
All Yard Debris must be properly prepared for collection.  Yard Debris includes: grass clippings, leaves, twigs, branches, limbs, tree parts, shrubbery, vines, garden plants, etc., and other naturally occurring vegetative matter.  Grass clippings, leaves, twigs, shrubbery, vines, garden plants, and small items must be placed in approved 20-40 gallon receptacles.  Approved receptacles include durable metal and plastic containers or durable biodegradable paper bags.  Each container must have two durable handles.  Each paper bag must be folded at the top to minimize rain deteriorating the paper bags.  Yard waste in plastic bags will not be collected.  All approved receptacles must be placed at the curb without blocking mailboxes, utilities, driveways, sidewalks, drainage systems, or roadways before 8:00 a.m. on the scheduled day of yard debris collection for your service area.  Branches and limbs must be trimmed of twigs, vines, and leaves and cut to a maximum of four (4) feet in length, and stacked neatly at the curb.  The removed twigs, vines, and leaves must be placed in an approved receptacle as outlined above.  Trees must be cut up as small as necessary, where each piece does not exceed a maximum of 50 pounds.  Tree limbs that are cut by professional or hired contractors should not be left at the curb for collection by Sanitation.  Call Sanitation at (404) 294-2900 if there are large piles of yard debris at the curbside not meeting the above restrictions, or if your yard debris has not been serviced on the scheduled day by 2:00 p.m.

Mowing & Herbicide Division
The mowing season begins in April and continues thru November.  The Sanitation Mowing & Herbicide Division is responsible for the mowing of approximately 5,000 miles of right of ways and vacant lots.  Six mowing routes are operated by one Crew Supervisor and two operators.  One operator is responsible for the spraying of herbicide chemicals on county rights-of-way to retard grass and weed growth.

 
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