A Tour of the Snellville Recycling Center

A Tour of the Snellville Recycling Center
A Tour of the Snellville Recycling Center

Gwinnett Recycles citizen volunteers recently took a guided tour of Gwinnett’s best kept recycling secret: The Snellville Recycling Center. Located at 2531 Marigold Road, off of Lenora Church Road next to Briscoe Park, the center accepts a wide variety of items for recycling from both Snellville and non-Snellville residents. In a county that currently has no other recycling drop-off center, a visit here feels exciting and special. Wherever you are in Gwinnett, it’s worth the drive.

Items accepted at the Snellville Recycling Center include:

  • Glass bottles and jars (clear, green, and brown; caps, lids, and corks removed)
  • Aluminum cans
  • #1 & #2 plastic bottles and jugs
  • Newspaper
  • Magazines
  • Books
  • Cardboard
  • Pasteboard
  • Computer/office paper (including shredded paper)
  • Scrap metal (all types)
  • Steel food cans
  • Electronics
  • Car batteries

The standout items on this list, which can otherwise be challenging to recycle in and around Gwinnett, are glass bottles and jars and electronics of almost all kinds (most anything powered by a battery or a plug). (One exception is old rear projection TVs, which have to be disposed of in bulk trash due to the expense of recycling them.) Though not listed on their website, we also found that the center was accepting household batteries of all kinds, as well as usable housewares, furniture, and sporting goods for donation. Large appliances, such as washers, dryers, refrigerators, dehumidifiers, air conditioning units, and freezers are accepted for a small fee. (As of September 2020, the fee for freon-containing appliances is $15 for City of Snellville residents and $25 for non-residents.) Broken lawn mowers, bicycles, and certain appliances are set out at the front of the center for interested parties to take and repair.

Scrap metal accepted includes non-ferrous metals, such as brass, copper, nickel, and aluminum (including window screens and storm doors), as well as ferrous metals such as steel, stainless steel, and cast iron. Aerosol cans are not accepted. Payments are not offered for scrap metal, so if you have a lot to recycle, you may want to take your metal to one of the many metal recyclers in Gwinnett County for a rebate.

So, what services at the center are limited to residents of the City of Snellville? Residential junk, such as broken furniture and old mattresses, is accepted for disposal only from city residents, who are limited to one truckload to the recycling center per day at no cost. Residents may also drop off one truckload of yard trimmings per day. However, anyone may pick up mulched yard waste for free if they shovel it themselves, or for a small fee if they would like the assistance of the center’s backhoe!








If you need to recycle plastics #3-7, aerosol cans, chemicals, paint, bulbs, or tires, the Snellville Recycling Center can’t help. For just about anything else, the center is a wonderful option generously provided by the City of Snellville. While you’re there, check out the guardhouse — made of recycled materials — and say hello to Dale, our friendly tour guide.

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  • A. Santiago Posted July 11, 2018 7:54 am

    Are you recycling glass? And are you accepting from ANY gwinnett county resident? If you are, what are your hours? Thank you.

    • Laura Posted July 11, 2018 9:38 am

      The Snellville Recycling Center does recycle glass and accepts most materials from all residents (not just City of Snellville residents). Hours are 8:00am to 5:00pm, Monday – Saturday. You can find more information here: https://www.snellville.org/recycling

  • Sheila Posted July 26, 2018 7:05 am

    Do you accept plastic grocery bags for recycling?

    • Laura Posted July 26, 2018 3:45 pm

      The Snellville Recycling Center does not accept plastic bags for recycling, but many stores do! Enter your zip code here for a complete list of stores near you that recycle bags and film: https://www.plasticfilmrecycling.org/

  • Steve Gibbons Posted August 1, 2019 2:51 pm

    Does Brisco Park Recycling accept microwaves and stoves?

    • Laura Posted August 7, 2019 7:42 am

      Yes they do!

  • Yvonne Bright Posted August 14, 2019 8:34 pm

    Does Briscoe Park Recycle accept exercise equipment. I.e. steppers, treadmill, stationary bikes?

    • Laura Posted September 22, 2020 9:57 am

      Sorry for the long delayed response! The staff at the Snellville Recycling Center informed me that these items would be accepted in the scrap metal recycling bin.

  • Courtney Posted December 18, 2019 7:32 pm

    This is so great for the community to have. Very much needed.

  • Richard Halama Posted December 28, 2019 12:52 pm

    I would like a calendar of when the recycling center is open or at least the days they are closed. I scoured the internet to see if they were open Saturday Dec 28 and cannot find if they are open and what hours are.

    • Laura Posted December 28, 2019 2:40 pm

      Normal Snellville Recycling Center operating hours are 8:00am to 5:00pm, Monday – Saturday. Since the City of Snellville doesn’t monitor this page, please call them at 770-985-3527 with any specific questions. Thanks!

  • Joy Posted March 4, 2020 4:43 pm

    Where is this place? I see all kinds of information except the location!

    • Laura Posted March 6, 2020 1:44 pm

      It’s located at 2531 Marigold Road, off of Lenora Church Road in Briscoe Park.

  • Betty Posted April 18, 2020 11:22 am

    Is the recycling center open for drop offs during these corona virus times we are in?

    • Laura Posted April 19, 2020 12:10 pm

      The center is closed until further notice due to COVID-19. Please call the City of Snellville at 770-985-3527 or check the City website, http://www.snellville.org, for changes and updates.

      • Vince Belardo Posted April 24, 2020 8:22 am

        is the center open today?

        • Laura Posted April 24, 2020 9:28 am

          Please call the City of Snellville at 770-985-3527 for the latest information on hours and closures.

  • Joan Mierzwa Posted July 17, 2020 9:03 am

    Has the City of Snellville on Marigold Drive open and running regular hours yet? I check the website which says yes but the Department that handles the center (City Government Agency) is closed on Fridays. That is why I’m asking the recycle center being open.

    • Laura Posted July 20, 2020 3:01 pm

      Hi! The Snellville Recycling Center has reopened, and to our knowledge the hours are regular.

  • Nur Posted August 24, 2020 12:33 pm

    Hi, does the center accept yard trimmings and tree limbs?

    • Laura Posted August 24, 2020 2:01 pm

      Yes, but only from City of Snellville residents.

  • Lisa Johnson Posted September 3, 2020 11:04 am

    Does Briscoe Park Recycle accept concrete stepping stones?

  • Theresa Mann Posted September 11, 2020 12:37 pm

    I love Snellville Recycling. I am so glad they are there. I have used them many times.

    • Laura Posted September 11, 2020 4:54 pm

      We do too!

  • Stephen Willis Posted June 23, 2021 7:47 pm

    The last time I was there, I saw large pieces of stone/concrete in an enclosed area. Do you accept stone (retaining wall blocks, bricks from walkways, cinder blocks, etc)?

    • Laura Posted June 24, 2021 8:19 am

      We don’t run the Snellville Recycling Center, but to the best of our knowledge these items are not accepted at the center and were probably there as part of Snellville Public Works’ materials storage. Try Metro Green Recycling in Doraville for your construction and demolition recycling needs instead: https://www.mgrecycle.com/


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