Solid Waste Management & Recycling Assistance

  • Basic Info

Solid Waste Planning:  Planning requirements for local governments changed significantly in 2011. Local government solid waste management plans, whether local, multi-jurisdictional or regional, must at a minimum:

  • provide for 10 years of collection capability and disposal capacity from the date of completion of the plan
  • enumerate the solid waste handling facilities as to size and type
  • identify those sites that are not suitable for solid waste handling facilities based on environmental and land use factors.

Recycling:  The Recycling industry is big business in Georgia, yet every year, Georgians collectively pay more than $100 million to bury raw materials worth nearly $300 million to manufacturers based right here in our state. Those manufacturing feedstocks are also known as recyclable material, and about 40 percent of what Georgians set out as ‘garbage’ could have been recycled. DCA works with our partner organizations to help local governments generate less waste, divert what they can for reuse, and efficiently dispose of the rest.
OPEM has many resources to assist local governments implement or expand their recycling programs.

To find a recycling location near you use the following links:

Source-Separated Organics Recycling Toolkit

DCA is pleased to present the Source-Separated Organics Recycling Toolkit (S2ORT), funded by EPA Region 4. Local governments and other service providers seeking to meet residential waste diversion goals or offer additional collection services for their customers can use this resource to determine the feasibility, associated costs and optimal strategy for collecting organic material. Food residuals and yard trimmings can account for a third of the ‘waste’ material generated from households.