Recycling in Gwinnett

Recycling in Unincorporated Gwinnett

With nearly one million 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 solid waste and recycling service for residents in homes in unincorporated Gwinnett costs $18.23 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 trash and an unlimited volume of recyclables.

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. Recyclables accepted are empty plastic bottles and jugs that are marked with a #1 or a #2 resin identification code (the number inside the recycling symbol); empty metal food and beverage cans; empty aerosol cans; paper (except shredded paper); magazines and junk mail; and flattened cardboard.

After initially establishing service, payment for solid waste services is made as part of your 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! 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.

For more information, visit Gwinnett County Solid Waste Management’s website, call 770-822-7141, or email gcsolidwaste@gwinnettcounty.com.

Recycling in Gwinnett Municipalities

Within city limits, residential curbside recycling availability differs. Recycling from your city is taken to the same processing facilities as the unincorporated county’s recycling, so the list of accepted recyclables is the same. Recyclable materials accepted curbside include empty plastic jars, jugs, and bottles; empty metal food and beverage cans; empty aerosol cans; paper (except shredded paper); magazines and junk mail; and flattened cardboard.

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.
  • Berkeley Lake: Advanced Disposal picks up recycling once a week. 
  • 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.
  • Duluth: Republic Services picks up recycling once a week. 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.
  • Lawrenceville: Latham Home Sanitation picks up recycling once a week. 
  • Lilburn: Advanced Disposal picks up recycling once a week. 
  • Loganville: Advanced Disposal picks up recycling once a week.
  • Norcross: Advanced Disposal picks up recycling once a week. 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. 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. The general public may also take recyclable materials to the Snellville Drop-Off Recycling Center at 2531 Marigold Road, off Lenora Church Road in Briscoe Park. Visit the City of Snellville’s website for the center’s latest operating hours and accepted recyclables list.
  • Sugar Hill: Advanced Disposal picks up recycling once a week. 
  • 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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