Macon Bibb County

Solid Waste Department

 

Kevin Barkley
Solid Waste Director

327 Lower Poplar St
Macon, GA 31201

The Solid Waste Department is responsible for the collection of recyclables in Macon-Bibb County, as well as the landfill operation. Advanced Disposal Systems is responsible for weekly solid waste (garbage) pickup and containerized yard debris pickup throughout the entire county.

This new method of service delivery will allow Macon-Bibb County to offer recycling to the entire county and to focus on other beautification efforts such as removing illegal dumps, picking up large debris like couches, and supporting neighborhood cleanups. With ADS picking up residential garbage, that material will now be taken to its landfill, and not the Macon-Bibb County landfill, which is mandated to close in fewer than five years.

For information about individual services like recycling, yard waste pickup, neighborhood cleanups, illegal dumps, and more, use the selections above The fee for all residents of Macon-Bibb County is $20 per month, and it is billed on a quarterly basis.

“This is a monumental step forward in our efforts to clean up our entire community and begin closing an outdated and environmentally dangerous landfill,” says Kevin Barkley, Director of the Solid Waste Department. “In 2014, we collected almost 2.4 million pounds of recyclable materials, and with more homes having much larger recycling containers, we expect that number to get much larger.”

“Our community deserves and has asked for more recycling, as well as quality waste and garbage services. In fact, they stated clearly when they voted for consolidation that they wanted a more efficient government that better meets their needs,” says Macon-Bibb County Mayor Robert Reichert. “With this decision, we stop kicking the can down the road on providing better services and closing the landfill.”

Holidays
Macon-Bibb Solid Waste Department observes the following holidays:

  • New Year’s Day
  • MLK Day
  • Memorial Day
  • 4th of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas.

If a holiday falls during the week, your collection will be pushed forward one day. For example, during Labor Day week, Monday routes are picked up on Tuesday. For information about holiday pickup by Advanced Disposal Systems, call 478-803-0499.

Landfill Fees
A Macon-Bibb resident can receive one (1) free load to the landfill per month as long as the load is less than 500 pounds. Anything over 500 pounds will be charged at a prorated scale up $27.75 per ton. Any additional loads that month will be also be at a prorated scale up to $27.75 per ton, no exceptions. Note: You must have a city address on your drivers license to receive the free load under 500 pounds.

Weekly Trash Pick Up

  • Place cart out by the road after 7:00 p.m. the night before or no later than 6:00 a.m. the day of your pickup
  • Cart must be removed by 7:00 p.m. on the day of pickup
  • All garbage must be bagged
  • 1 bulky item will be picked up per week
  • An automated truck will be used to tip carts so all carts must be placed with handles away from the road.
  • Please leave 3 feet around the carts so that the truck can grasp the cart.
  • 1 cart will be dumped per residence per week. To help lower you household garbage we can deliver a recycling cart free of charge.
  • NO liquids such as paint and oil can be accepted
  • NO construction debris will be removed
  • NO carpet will be removed

Click for an interactive map that will show you what day of the week
you receive pickup services.

 Curbside recycling in Macon-Bibb County will be picked up every other week on the same day as your garbage and yard waste pickup. Above is the types of material that can and cannot be accepted in the curbside program. Following a national trend by recyclers, glass will not be accepted at the curb.

There are currently no recycling centers accepting glass, therefore we will not be accepting glass as a recyclable in the curbside program nor at the drop off points. Below is is a list of what can and what cannot be placed in the recycling receptacle for pickup on recycling day :

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 To request a 65-gallon recycling can, click here or call Customer Service at 478-751-7400. For questions about recycling services (including specifics on what is and isn’t included), contact the Solid Waste Department at 478-803-0499.

 

Need to know when your recycling is going to be picked up? 

 Just check out our 2018 Recycling Calendar 

or simply Click for an interactive map that will show you what day of the week

you receive pickup services.

When it comes to weekly yard waste there are Bulky Yard Waste and Containerized Yard Waste that can be placed at the curb for pickup.

Containerized Yard Waste:

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  • Must be clean ( cannot be mixed with anything else)
  • 3 x 3 x 6 pile, bagged or containerized, will be removed
  • Place containers at the road after 7:00 p.m. the day before or before 7:00 a.m. the day of your pickup

Bulky Yard Waste:

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  • Cut to length of 4 ft. or less
  • No bigger than 4 inches in diameter
  • 2 cu. Yds. Will be picked up
  • Anything larger than 2 cu. Yds. will need to called in for a special pick up

Are you in need of a trash cart? Want a recycling cart to help keep the Earth clean? Or maybe you have items to be picked up from the curb. Simply click here to report an issue.

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  • If you need gloves or pickup tools, contact Pam Carswell with Keep Macon-Bibb Beautiful at pcarswell@kmbbc.org.
  • Roll off containers are available for neighborhood cleanups. Contact Pat Raines with Macon Bibb County Solid Waste Department, or call 478-803-0499.
    1. NO yard waste can be placed in these containers
    2. NO tires may be placed in these containers

  • Report an illegal dumping with SeeClickFix or call 478-803-0499
  • Litter can be called in to the Litter Hotline at 478-330-7053

 

THERE IS A LAW!

Well, in Georgia, there are two laws – one for litter and one for illegal dumping, and they are pretty tough. In 1993, the General Assembly established fines and possible jail terms for individuals and companies caught illegally disposing of litter and waste.

 

The State’s Litter and Waste Control Laws distinguish between litter and waste essentially as follows: improperly discarded items exceeding ten pounds or 15 cubic feet in volume (about the size of a residential garbage can) are classified as waste; all other such items are classified as litter.

Penalties

Anyone caught littering in Georgia can be charged with a misdemeanor and, if found guilty, can be punished by a fine of not less than $100 and not more than $1,000.

 

What YOU can do to help

 

Although enforcing Georgia’s Litter and Waste Control Laws is the responsibility of local and state law enforcement officers, there are a number of ways citizens can help cut down on littering and illegal dumping.

 

FIRST, don’t become part of the problem yourself.

 

Many people don’t realize that some of the things they do every day may lead to litter. For example, transporting debris in the back of a truck without a tarp will likely result in the debris blowing onto the side of the road and becoming litter. Similarly, placing unsecured waste at the curb for collection invites animals, or even the wind, to scatter debris along the street. A little prevention goes a long way. You can help by always disposing of litter properly. Never throw trash directly into a dumpster-place it in a bag and secure it before tossing. And always secure cargo with a tarp or other cover before taking it on the road.

 

SECOND, get involved in community efforts.

  • Participate in volunteer clean-ups, such as the annual “Let’s Keep Georgia Peachy Clean” statewide clean-up or local Keep America Beautiful Program activities.
  • Join the Georgia Department of Transportation’s Adopt-A-Highway Program or the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Adopt-A-Stream Program.
  • Spread the word to friends and neighbors that illegal dumping is a crime.
  • Invite local and state law enforcement officials to speak to neighborhood associations and civic groups about Georgia’s Litter and Waste Control Laws and illegal dumping problems in your community.
  • Write or call local elected officials and let them know your concerns about littering and illegal dumping.
  • Encourage community and business leaders to provide and maintain trash receptacles where they are needed.

 

THIRD, get to know Georgia’s laws.

Contact your local law enforcement agency to report violations. With the public’s help, law enforcement and justice officials can more effectively use these laws to prosecute dumping violators and work toward cleaning up the environment.