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Atlanta Bulk Trash Disposal Guide

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Find the Right Junk Removal Solution For You

Our Atlanta dumpsters are a common bulk trash disposal solution for projects like household cleanouts, garage decluttering and other junk removal jobs. While our roll off containers can hold a lot of debris at once, we understand that sometimes you just need a solution to help you get rid of a single bulky item. To help you find the right disposal option, we rounded up local solutions for bulk trash pickup in Atlanta.

Throwing Out Several Bulky Items?

Simple Furniture Disposal Solutions

A Brown Couch With a Side Table.

Whether you need to downsize before a move or toss a leftover couch from an estate sale, getting rid of furniture is not as simple as tossing a bed frame in your trash bin. If you need to dispose of chairs, coffee tables, love seats or any other large staple in your home, try one of these options to streamline furniture removal.

Atlanta Curbside Pickup

Residents can schedule up to 12 bulk pickups per year through the city. Leaving furniture on the curb without scheduling a pickup could result in hundreds of dollars in fines. To avoid paying fees, sign up for a collection time.

How to Schedule Bulk Trash Pickup With the City of Atlanta

  • Call 311 at 404-546-0311.
  • Go to the city’s website and click, “Schedule Bulk Collection.”
  • Use the mobile app ATL311.
  • Get in touch via social media with the handle @ATL311.

Restrictions to Note

  • Residents who exceed their bulk pickup limit will be charged a significant fee.
  • Items cannot be placed on the curb before 7 p.m. the night before your scheduled pickup.
  • No more than 8 cubic yards can be set out for collection at a time. Items exceeding this amount will be considered an additional pickup.

Donation Options

If you’ve exceeded the city’s bulk pickup limits or don’t want to leave your junk on the curb while you wait for collection, try donating your furniture to a local nonprofit organization.

General Donation Tips

  • Ask about drop-off regulations and pickup options.
  • Make sure the donated item is still in usable condition.
  • Call to make sure the organization accepts your furniture type.
Furniture Bank of Metro Atlanta
Atlanta Habitat for Humanity ReStore
The Atlanta Step-Up Society

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What to Do for Mattress Disposal

Washer, Dryers, Refrigerators and Dishwashers Grouped Together.

If you’re getting a new mattress and need a place to toss the old one, try one of these removal options so it doesn’t end up sitting in your garage indefinitely.

Atlanta Curbside Pickup

Residents can set out one dry mattress for disposal with weekly garbage pickup. If you have more to toss, schedule bulk trash disposal. Residents can request up to 12 pickups per year but will be charged a hefty fee if items are left on the curb without alerting the city.

How to Schedule Bulk Trash Pickup With the City of Atlanta

  • Call 311 at 404-546-0311.
  • Go to the city’s website and click, “Schedule Bulk Collection.”
  • Use the mobile app ATL311.
  • Get in touch via social media with the handle @ATL311.

Restrictions to Note

  • After 12 scheduled bulk trash disposals, residents will be charged a large fee.
  • Items cannot be placed on the curb until 7 p.m. the night before the planned pickup.
  • In order to schedule curbside pickup, residents must have at least two dry mattresses or a single wet mattress.
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Atlanta Recycling Drop Off

The Center for Hard to Recycle Materials (CHaRM) is a drop-off facility available to residents to encourage reuse and divert hard-to-recycle items from landfills in the area. A fee is applied to mattress recycling.

CHaRM

Donation Options

If your mattress is still in good condition, someone in need of a bed could benefit from your donation. Consider taking it to a local charity.

General Donation Tips

  • Ask about drop-off regulations and mattress pickup options.
  • Make sure the mattress is still in usable condition and fairly clean.
  • Call to ask if the organization has restrictions on mattress donations.
Furniture Bank of Metro Atlanta
The Atlanta Step-Up Society

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How to Remove Appliances

Washer, Dryers, Refrigerators and Dishwashers Grouped Together.

Updating your kitchen or replacing your broken washer? Your appliances will need to be replaced at some point, whether for aesthetic or practical reasons. Getting rid of a large fridge might seem like a big job, but we gathered some resources to make appliance disposal easier for you.

Atlanta Curbside Pickup

Residents can schedule up to 12 free appliance removals per year through the city. Make sure to request a pickup before leaving a broken washer or outdated refrigerator on the curb to avoid a fee up to hundreds of dollars.

How to Schedule Bulk Trash Pickup With the City of Atlanta

Restrictions to Note

  • Residents who exceed the bulk pickup item limit will be charged a substantial fee.
  • Placing items on the curb before 7 p.m. the night before pickup will result in a fine.
  • The city only accepts washers, dryers, refrigerators and stoves for curbside pickup. Doors should be removed for pickup.
A Washing Machine and Refrigerator with a Blue Sky in the Background.

Did You Know: Many older air conditioners and refrigerators contain a refrigerant called Freon. It's a good idea to remove this before leaving appliances out for disposal. Follow this guide for safe Freon removal.

Atlanta Recycling Drop Off

The Center for Hard to Recycle Materials (CHaRM) is a drop-off facility in Atlanta that encourages reuse and works to divert thousands of hard-to-recycle items from local landfills. Dropping off stoves, dishwashers, grills and ovens have associated costs. CHaRM does not accept refrigerators, dehumidifiers, AC units or wine coolers.

CHaRM

Donation Options

If you need to get rid of items not accepted by the city or CHaRM or have appliance that are still in working condition, consider donating to one of the organizations below.

General Donation Tips

  • Ask about drop-off regulations and pickup options.
  • Call ahead to ask if the organization has restrictions on your appliance.
  • Make sure the appliance is in full working condition, not damaged and on the newer side – generally no more than five years old.
American Kidney Services
Atlanta Habitat for Humanity ReStore
The Salvation Army Family Store & Donation Center

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How to Dispose of Electronics in Atlanta

A Pile of Computers, Televisions, Printers and Other E-Waste.

When you upgrade your devices to newer versions, it’s important to know how to responsibly get rid of your old electronic items. The City of Atlanta does not accept e-waste for curbside pickup, but you can prevent them from ending up in a landfill by recycling them or donating them to others for reuse.

Electronic Recycling Drop Off

Electronics have recyclable metal parts that can be processed at an e-cycle event or facility. The city hosts a collection day at the Greenbriar Mall every third Saturday of the month. You can also take TVs, computers and other devices to various drop-off sites in and around Atlanta. Some places may charge a fee for certain items while others may offer free electronic recycling services.

A Pile of Televisions on a Lawn.
Center for Hard to Recycling Materials (CHaRM)
Atlanta Recycles at Greenbriar Mall
Ecycle Atlanta

Donation Options

If your devices are still in good condition and not too far outdated, consider donating them to someone in need. Remember to wipe the data from your electronics first.

General Donation Tips

  • Ask about drop-off and pickup options.
  • Make sure the device is still in usable condition.
  • Call ahead to make sure the organization accepts your e-waste items.
American Kidney Services

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How to Dispose of Remodeling Debris

Stacks of Drywall and Other Remodeling Debris.

The city will not accept building materials, construction debris or demolition waste. Take bathtubs, countertops, lumber and other debris to a recycler or a charity that can benefit from your donation.

Atlanta Recycling Drop Off

Carpet, wood and other construction debris can be recycled at one of several locations around Atlanta. Keep in mind that fees likely apply for dropping off bulky items like toilets and shingles. Call ahead for details and restrictions.

A Lawnmower in the Grass Upside Down.
Center for Hard to Recycle Materials (CHaRM)
Safeguard Landfill

Donation Options

Some organizations can reuse construction materials to assist the community by building homes for those in need or rehabbing historical structures.

General Donation Tips

  • Donations can be gently used but should be in good physical and working condition.
  • Ask about drop-off regulations. Some locations may offer a pickup service for large items.
  • Some examples of donatable remodeling debris include sinks, home improvement items and windows.
  • Call ahead to make sure the organization accepts your materials.
The Mad Housers
Atlanta Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Rent a Dumpster For Junk Removal

If you have a lot of junk to get rid of at once, our dumpsters are up to any bulk trash disposal challenge. Whether you’re replacing furniture and appliances or getting rid of construction debris after a DIY demo, our most popular 20 yard roll off container can hold more than twice the amount of junk the city can haul away in one 8 cubic yard pickup. No matter what you’re throwing away, our dumpster rentals will help you get rid of debris at your convenience.

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Where to Take Tires for Disposal and Recycling in Atlanta

A Pile of Tires.

Tires are not included in curbside pickup because the landfill won’t accept them. They can trap harmful gases, making them extremely flammable, and they take a long time to decompose. It’s also not a good idea to leave these hunks of rubber lying around your property because they can collect rainwater and attract mosquitoes.

Tire Recycling Drop Off

Tires are accepted during Atlanta Recycles Day at Greenbriar Mall every third Sunday of the month. You can also take them to a recycling center near you or your local auto shops may accept old tires and properly recycle them for you.

A Pile of Tires in the Grass.
Atlanta Recycles at Greenbriar Mall
Center for Hard to Recycling Materials (CHaRM)
Liberty Tire Recycling

The Right Ways to Dispose of Hazardous Materials

Open Bottles of Paint.

The City of Atlanta does not have a hazardous waste collection program and items like household cleaners, batteries and paints can be some of the hardest materials to get rid of. Luckily, the Center for Hard to Recycle Materials (CHaRM) is your answer for environmentally friendly household hazardous waste disposal.

Drop-Off Sites

The first 25 pounds of hazardous waste dropped off at CHaRM are free. Each additional pound has an additional cost.

CHaRM: 1110 Hill Street Southeast, Atlanta, GA 30315 | 404-600-6386

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