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City of Atlanta Warns of Recycling Violations

Got a red sticker on your recycle bin? Unfortunately that pizza box with grease stains on the bottom is not recyclable.

Beginning this week, residents who have contaminated their recycling will receive a red “violation” sticker issued by Solid Waste Operators. Credit: City of Atlanta
Beginning this week, residents who have contaminated their recycling will receive a red “violation” sticker issued by Solid Waste Operators. Credit: City of Atlanta
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The City of Atlanta and Mayor Reed are on a continued mission for Atlanta to become a top-tier recycling city and divert 90 percent of municipal solid waste by 2020. 

In a written statement to metro communities, the Department of Public Works said they want to, "ensure that all residents are a part of the effort to recycle more and protect our recycling stream from contamination."

Take a look this document on the City of Atlanta's "big three recycling reminders."

Including:

- DO NOT put FOOD, YARD TRIMMINGS, CLOTHING/SHOES, GARBAGE, PLASTIC BAGS or STYROFOAM in the recycling carts (NO PIZZA BOXES)

- Keep it clean & dry! Rinse out all food containers

- Keep your cart lid closed AT ALL TIMES!

Also, please note that beginning this week, residents who have contaminated their recycling will receive a red “violation” sticker issued by Solid Waste Operators on their recycling cart, and a Contamination Notice door knocker will be issued by Solid Waste Supervisors.

To ensure residents are aware of what is accepted and what is not, graphics are included on the back of the door knocker.

By taking note of what actually can and can not be recycled, we can help keep the recycling stream clean of contamination and working efficiently.

Mia December 12, 2013 at 08:15 AM
They ask us to leave our lids down. Why do they always leave them open after they pick up? Especially on a rainy Monday and they fill up with inches of water?

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