The city of Atlanta announced is has enhanced its existing curbside residential recycling program, and will be delivering 96-gallon carts to 65K residents.
The new program began Monday, October 15th with Mayor Kasim Reed delivering the first cart to a home in Guildford Forest, SW, Atlanta. To ensure 65,000 single-family households receive a cart, they will be delivered by quadrants (SW, NE, SE, and NW) at a rate of 1,000 carts per day.
The new 96-gallon recycling carts will replace residents’ current 18-gallon recycling bins, allowing for more recyclables to be collected. The City of Atlanta’s recycling program is managed by the Department of Public Works and serves 95,000 households. About 30,000 residents already have carts.
Currently, city of Atlanta residents generate about 96,000 tons of trash annually, which costs the city $7 million a year to dispose of in landfills. City of Atlanta residents recycle only 12,000 tons annually, which leaves significant room for improvement. In addition to the environmental benefits, diverting recyclables from landfills produces revenue for the City at a rate of $30 per ton.
For more information about the city’s residential recycling program, please visit www.cartlanta.org or call 404.330.6333.