Recycling in Gwinnett

Recycling in Unincorporated Gwinnett

With more than 900,000 residents, Gwinnett County is the second most populated county in the state of Georgia. The majority of citizens live in unincorporated areas of the county, where curbside recycling is available to all homes but currently not to all apartments.* Residential (meaning houses, not apartments) solid waste and recycling service for residents in unincorporated Gwinnett costs $17.91 per month for basic service, with a senior discount available to those who qualify. This basic service includes weekly collection of one 95-gallon cart of solid waste and an unlimited volume of accepted recyclables. Residential basic service fees are billed on your annual property tax bill. The Gwinnett County Solid Waste and Recovered Materials program is mandatory for all residents.

Since the trash and recycling fee is bundled in unincorporated Gwinnett County, there is no reason not to recycle. Gwinnett County uses single-stream recycling, so recyclable materials are all put into the same truck and are sorted at the processing facility. There is no need to separate your recyclables in your curbside recycling bin. If you don’t have a recycling container and you would like to get one at no cost, or if you’d like to upgrade your open bin to a covered 65-gallon cart, contact your hauler. You may also use your own containers curbside — just make sure that any additional containers are clearly marked as containing recyclables.

Between the solid waste program’s start in July 2010 and 2016, residents of unincorporated Gwinnett recycled more than 28,000 tons of material. That’s great! Unfortunately, only approximately 17% of Gwinnett County’s residential waste stream is recycled. This marks an improvement for us, since the figure was just nine percent in 2010*, but the national average is much higher, at 34.6%. Together, we can do better!

*Source: Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful and the Gwinnett County Solid Waste and Recovered Materials Division (December 2016)

Recycling in Gwinnett Municipalities

Within city limits, recycling availability differs. If you need to recycle materials that aren’t accepted in your curbside collection program, or if you don’t have access to curbside collection, explore our recycling directory to find local drop-off sites to take your recyclables.

  • Auburn: Republic Services picks up recycling once a week. Recyclable materials accepted curbside include cardboard boxes, aluminum trays, aluminum foil, aluminum cans, plastic bottles and jugs, plastic household cleaner containers, plastic shampoo bottles, plastic cooking oil bottles, plastic squeezable bottles, plastic medicine bottles, straws, yogurt containers, disposable plates and cups (no Styrofoam), CD cases, three- and five-gallon water bottles, metal, junk mail, kraft paper, magazines, newspapers, paperboard, and mixed paper.
  • Berkeley Lake: Advanced Disposal picks up recycling once a week. Recyclable materials accepted curbside include aluminum and tin cans, newspaper, magazines, paper, cardboard, junk mail, office and school paper and plastics #1 through #7.
  • Braselton: Braselton residents must contract with private companies for sanitation services. Ask your hauler about their recycling program options; some offer these services in addition to standard waste collection.
  • Buford: Does not offer curbside recycling. Call the city at 770-945-6761 or email info@cityofbuford.com to inform officials that you want curbside recycling. Ask friends and neighbors to contact the city too!
  • Dacula: Republic Services picks up recycling every other week. Recyclable materials accepted curbside include #1 plastic containers, white #2 plastic milk and water jugs, colored #2 plastic containers, soft plastic six- and 12-pack rings, metal cans, aerosol cans, aseptic packaging and cartons, mixed paper, corrugated cardboard, chipboard, newspaper, magazines and catalogs, telephone directories, brown kraft paper bags, and frozen food packages.
  • Duluth: Republic Services picks up recycling once a week. Recyclable materials accepted curbside include newspaper and inserts, broken down cardboard boxes, kraft paper, paper bags, paperboard, cereal boxes, tissue boxes, paper towel cores, soda and beer cartons, shoe boxes, magazines and catalogs, discarded mail, greeting cards, mixed paper, phone books, paperback books, aluminum cans, aluminum baking tins, aluminum food containers, steel food containers, empty aerosol cans, clean metallic lids, plastic bottles, plastic milk jugs, and plastic detergent bottles. City of Duluth residents may bring glass beverage bottles and food jars for recycling to the Duluth Public Works Complex at 2450 Main Street between the hours of 3pm and 6pm Monday through Friday and 8am and 3pm on Saturday.
  • Grayson: Robertson/Republic Services picks up recycling once a week. Recyclable materials accepted curbside include newspaper and inserts, broken down cardboard boxes, kraft paper, paper bags, paperboard, cereal boxes, tissue boxes, paper towel cores, soda and beer cartons, shoe boxes, magazines and catalogues, discarded mail, greeting cards, mixed paper, phonebooks, paperback books, aluminum cans, aluminum baking tins, aluminum food containers, steel food containers, empty aerosol cans, clean metallic lids, plastic soda and water bottles, plastic milk jugs, and plastic detergent bottles.
  • Lawrenceville: Latham Home Sanitation picks up recycling once a week. Recyclable materials accepted curbside include newspaper, catalogues, phonebooks, magazines, all paper, aluminum, bimetal and tin cans, aluminum pie pans and foil, cereal and laundry detergent boxes, six- and twelve-pack beverage boxes, shoe boxes, cardboard boxes, and all colors of plastic containers including milk jugs and laundry bottles.
  • Lilburn: Advanced Disposal picks up recycling once a week. Recyclable materials accepted curbside include paper, junk mail, magazines, newspaper, plastics #1-7, aluminum cans, steel cans, and cardboard.
  • Loganville: Advanced Disposal picks up recycling once a week. Recyclable materials accepted curbside include aluminum cans, aluminum baking tins, aluminum food containers, cereal boxes, tissue boxes, paper towel and toilet paper cores, soda and beer cartons, shoe boxes, broken down cardboard boxes, computer paper, old phonebooks, paperback books, junk mail, plastic soda and water bottles, plastic milk jugs, plastic detergent bottles, and all other plastic bottles #3-7, magazines and catalogues, newspaper and inserts, mixed paper, kraft paper, and paper bags.
  • Norcross: Advanced Disposal picks up recycling once a week. Recyclable materials accepted curbside include aluminum cans, aluminum baking tins, aluminum food containers, steel food containers, empty aerosol cans, clean metallic lids, cereal boxes, tissue boxes, paper towel and toilet paper cores, soda and beer cartons, shoe boxes, broken down cardboard boxes, computer paper, old phonebooks, paperback books, junk mail, plastic soda and water bottles, plastic milk jugs, plastic detergent bottles, all other plastic bottles #3-7, magazines and catalogues, newspaper and inserts, mixed paper, kraft paper, and paper bags. City of Norcross residents may bring glass beverage bottles and food jars for recycling to the Public Works facility at 345 Lively Avenue during business hours.
  • Peachtree Corners: Waste Management picks up recycling once a week. Recyclable materials accepted curbside include plastic bottles and containers, food and beverage cans, food and beverage cartons, paper, and flattened cardboard and paperboard. City of Peachtree Corners residents may bring glass beverage bottles and food jars for recycling to Waste Management’s BJ Transfer Station at 6461 Corley Road between the hours of 8am and 5pm Monday through Friday and 8am and 12pm on Saturday.
  • Snellville: Advanced Disposal picks up recycling once a week. Recyclable materials accepted curbside include aluminum and steel food and beverage containers, aluminum baking tins, plastic bottles and containers #1-7, broken down cardboard boxes, paper bags, cardboard packaging boxes, cardboard drink box cartons, paper towel and tissue paper cores, all junk mail, newspaper and inserts, mixed paper, phone books, magazines and catalogues, and paperback books. The general public may also bring the following materials to the Snellville Drop-Off Recycling Center at 2531 Marigold Road, off Lenora Church Road in Briscoe Park, between the hours of 8am and 5pm Monday through Saturday: Newspaper, magazines, phonebooks, cardboard, pasteboard, office paper, glass beverage bottles and food jars, scrap metals of all kinds, aluminum cans, car batteries, carpet pad, plastic jugs and bottles, and electronics.
  • Sugar Hill: Advanced Disposal picks up recycling once a week. Recyclable materials accepted curbside include newspaper and inserts, broken down cardboard boxes, kraft paper, paper bags, paperboard, cereal boxes, tissue boxes, paper towel cores, soda and beer cartons, shoe boxes, magazines and catalogues, discarded mail, greeting cards, mixed paper, phonebooks, paperback books, shredded paper, aluminum cans, aluminum baking tins, aluminum food containers, clean aluminum foil, plastic soda and water bottles, plastic milk jugs, plastic detergent bottles, and all other plastic bottles #3-7.
  • Suwanee: Suwanee residents must contract with private companies for sanitation services. Ask your hauler about their recycling program options; some offer these services in addition to standard waste collection.

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