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Recycling and Waste Disposal in the State of Georgia

Recycling and waste diversion efforts are getting stronger in Georgia

The economic downtown hurt recycling growth in Georgia, according to the 2011 Solid Waste Management Annual Report released each year by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.

However, the State as a whole has reduced the per capita waste disposal rates each year since 2007.

The disposal rate went from 10.17 lbs. of waste per person per day in 2007 down to 7.35 lbs. per person each day. These numbers are a little deceiving, though, because this amount includes waste brought into Georgia from other states. The adjusted per capita waste disposal rate is more like 3.58 lbs. per person per day, which is below the national average of about 4.5 lbs.

About 40% of what Georgians toss in the trash is recyclable materials that local companies could use to manufacturer new products. This equates to about $300 million worth of recyclables being buried at landfills at a running cost of $100 million per year.

Increasing recycling rates across the state would not only recover all this revenue that’s literally being buried in the ground, but it would also reduce landfilling expenses, save valuable landfill space, and create new jobs in the state. Recycling is a win-win for the citizens of Georgia and the environment.

Where to recycle

There are dozens of full-service recycling facilities located across the State. Refer to the Georgia Recycling Markets Directory to find one near you.

You can also participate in local recycling events, keep up-to-date with the latest recycling news, and play a role in maintaining the environment in your community by checking out any of the State’s recycling organizations

Solid waste management plan for your area

The Georgia Department of Community Affairs oversees local and regional solid waste disposal and hauling for the State. Rules, regulations, and plans vary by location.

You can find the current solid waste management plan for your area by visiting the Adopted Local Government Solid Waste Plans page. Each plan is mandated to run for at least 10 years.

Nearly 80% of construction and demolition (C&D) debris is recyclable

The vast majority of C&D debris can be recycled, including (but not limited to) lumber, concrete, asphalt and roofing shingles.

It is illegal in Georgia to dispose of C&D debris by burning or burying it. You must have it trucked to the nearest C&D landfill. Your dumpster rental provider or contractor will handle this for you.

It’s legal to burn inert debris (stumps, landscaping debris, leaves, tree limbs, etc.) but certain restrictions apply.

Tips for renting a roll-off dumpster in Georgia

5 most common dumpster styles

Commercial dumpsters – Businesses use these dumpsters for weekly or monthly garbage hauling service. They are not for temporary use.

Roll-off dumpsters – These are the containers you rent for temporary uses, such as household cleanouts, roofing projects or commercial construction.

Trailer dumpsters – Used by some dumpster rental companies, these trailers are used similarly to roll-off dumpsters but are different in that they are on wheels – this offers the benefit of being easier on your driveway.

Bag-style containers – These small bins are made from durable fabrics and plastics and range in size from 1 to 3 cubic yards and hold less than 2 tons of debris. The “Bagster” container is one such dumpster.

Lowboy dumpsters – Similar to traditional roll-off dumpsters but with low sides, making it ideal for loading heavier debris, such as dirt, roofing material, concrete, tiles and masonry.

Information about dumpster rental weight limits and overage charges

Dumpster rental providers typically put a cap on the amount of weight you can load into a dumpster due to the fact it costs them more money to dump heavier loads at local landfills. This weight limit can range from 1 ton (2,000 lbs.) to 8 tons (16,000 lbs.) or more.

Overage fees typically range between $50 per ton and $100 per ton. For example, if the weight allowance is 2,000 lbs. and your load weighs in at 2,500 lbs., you’d owe an additional 1 ton of overage charges at the $50 to $100 rate, or whatever rate your dumpster rental agreement specifies.

TIP: Be particularly careful of going over the allotted weight limit when dealing with heavier debris, such as concrete, roofing shingles, dirt or masonry.