PUBLIC WORKS

Dumpster Information

Rules & Regulations 

  • Please begin lining up single file in the left lane only. Commercial vehicles, trucks over 10 feet and enclosed trailers are not permitted.
  • Have your 2020 Dumpster Card ready – please do not get out of your vehicle.
  • Hold your card out the window for the attendant to punch your card and direct you through. 
  • Only 4-5 vehicles will be allowed into the dumpster area at one time. This number is up to the discretion of the dumpsters attendants. 
  • There is no assistance available in removing items from your vehicle. If you bring it, you must be able to unload it.
  • Continue to practice social distancing while using the dumpsters and remain at least 6 feet away from all other visitors and staff when possible.
  • This is not an amnesty day and certain items will not be accepted. These items include but are not limited to: mattresses, box springs, carpet, foam or padding, construction or remodeling debris, tires, gravel, concrete, food items, kitchen or bathroom trash, animal carcasses, propane tanks, helium tanks, fire extinguishers, gasoline or acids.
  • As the dumpsters have been closed for a while now, we do expect there to be wait times. Please be sure to practice patience and show respect for the dumpster attendants. Any verbal abuse, attempts to cut the line or failures to follow the attendant’s instructions may result in a police escort from the property. 
  • If you only have glass to recycle, you will wait in line with others. (If you only have glass, it may be better for you to give it a few days for the rush to subside).

Please note, this is subject to change. We will do our best to keep you updated with new information as it becomes available. We thank you in advance for your cooperation and patience! For further information or updates, please monitor the Duluth website or call 770.476.2454.

Hours of Operation for the Dumpsters:
Saturdays 8:00am-3:00pm, Monday through Friday from 3:00pm-6:00pm. 

2019 Dumpster cards will be accepted through Saturday, February 1, 2020.  After that time, you must have a new 2020 Dumpster Card.  

Dumpster Cards are still available for processing. Please complete the form below for your new 2020 Dumpster Card. You may scan a recent utility bill or take a picture with your smart phone to attach it to this form.

The card will be mailed to you.  No businesses, either for profit or non-profit, will be issued a card. If you have already received a 2020 card, you are not eligible to receive another without a $25 cost.  

Fee: Following twelve FREE trips to our dumpsters, there will be a fee. The second card for twelve trips will be $25, the third card for twelve will be $25, the fourth and subsequent cards for twelve trips will be $50.

Fill out my online form.

A City of Duluth issued Dumpster Card will be required each year to use the service. Dumpster Cards are issued in the Office Monday - Friday from 7:30am until 4:30pm. at the Public Works facility at 2450 Main Street. Dumpster cards are not issued on Saturdays as the office is closed.

No trucks larger than a regular full-size truck with a ten foot trailer or a ten foot moving truck are allowed at the dumpster.  No dump trucks or moving trucks over ten foot are permitted. 

Republic Services (your garbage company) will also take items from your curb if you are unable to bring them to Public Works. Republic will take items like mattresses, furniture, appliances and household items at the curb. You must call 678.963.2800 within 24 hours of the Wednesday pick up to ask for this special service. You must also attach a Duluth trash bag to the item. 

The Dumpsters will be closed for the following 2020 Holidays:

Wednesday, January 1                     Monday, January 20                        Monday, May 25
Monday, July 6                                  Monday, September 7                     Thursday, November 26
Friday, November 27                        Thursday, December 24                  Friday, December 25

FAQ's:

Where are the Dumpsters located? 

The dumpsters are located at the City of Duluth Public Works Facility (address above) and can be accessed from Peachtree Industrial Boulevard or Rogers Bridge Road.

Who can use the dumpsters?

Dumpsters are provided as a service by the City for its residential citizens who live in City limits only.  Individuals who live in apartment or condominium/townhome communities with dumpsters already provided may not use this service.

How do I get a Dumpster Card?

There are two ways: 1) Bring a current Utility Bill (gas, water, electric) to the Public Works Facility, Monday-Friday from 7:30am until 4:30pm and a card will be issued to you. 2) Complete the form above. Follow the directions on the form and a card will be mailed to you.

If you choose to get your card by mail, complete the form, attach a recent utility bill and a stamped, self-addressed envelope and mail all three to the City of Duluth, Attn: Public Works Dept./Dumpster Card 2450 Main Street, Duluth, GA 30096. 

You may have your card punched twice if you have a very large load in one visit.  This is especially true if you have rented a truck for this purpose. 

Why can’t I get a Dumpster Card on Saturday?

The Public Works Office is not open on Saturdays and the dumpsters are operated by one person.

Why can’t the dumpsters be open seven days a week?

Shortage of staff prohibits the City from operating the dumpsters seven days week/24 hours a day, we hope the expanded hours will help the citizens who have to work on Saturdays.

Why can’t the dumpsters be open during the normal hours of operations for Public Works? What else do you do besides operate the Dumpsters? Aren’t you a landfill?

The Dumpsters are a secondary part of the operation of Public Works. Public Works is responsible for repairing streets, drainage, signs and other infrastructure within the City. Public Works provides assistance with all City events, from the Veterans Markers and Flags to Holiday Decorations, to concerts and movies on the Town Green. Heavy equipment is moving in and out of the Public Works Facility all day every day; it would not be safe for residents to be unloading garbage during our working hours. The dumpsters are operated by a staff volunteer.

What do you accept?
We are now accepting glass since it is no longer taken at the curb with recycling items. Your dumpster card will not be punched if that is the only item brought in to the dumpsters. Please wash out your glass food jars before bringing them to Public Works. You may only bring your glass items to Public Works during regular dumpster hours when the part-time Attendant is on duty.

Although Republic Services will pick up appliances, sofas, mattresses/foundations, and old furniture at the curb, the dumpsters were also designed for items too large or bulky to fit in the purple bag for pickup at curbside. You may call Republic at 678.963.2800 to have these items picked up at the curb on Wednesdays. A purple bag must be placed on the item.

Other items for our dumpster that you would normally find when cleaning the garage or basement, are: cardboard, lawnmowers, appliances, grills, old/broken furniture, old clothing, broken electronics (TV’s, VCR’s, stereo/computer equipment, etc.), vehicle parts and fluids (motor oil, batteries, antifreeze), old children’s toys, tree limbs, grass clippings, leaves, etc. We could not list every item that is accepted here, if you have a question about an item, please call us at 770.476.2454.

Do all these items go in the dumpsters?

No, certain items go in certain dumpsters, the attendant will determine where your items go (e.g., cardboard goes in one dumpster, yard waste goes in another waste dumpster).

Why does my yard waste have to be in brown, recyclable paper bags?

Because of a State mandate, there are less than five landfills in Georgia that are allowed to accept yard waste. The few that remain in operation were forced to change their policies. Paper decomposes, plastic does not; therefore, the yard waste in paper bags can be dumped and will decompose properly. Fines are levied against agencies that dispose of yard waste in plastic bags.

What is not accepted?

We do not accept any animal carcasses or body parts.  Please be considerate of this rule.  

Mattresses/box springs: (Place a purple bag on these, place at curbside, call Republic Services at 678.963.2800, and have these picked up at your home).

Tires: When you purchase tires, (car, truck, van, SUV, motorcycle, bicycle, lawnmower, etc), you should ask if they accept your old tires for disposal.

State law prohibits tires from being placed in landfills. Tires that are disposed of illegally must be removed from the dumpsters or another site, loaded and driven to a special processing site and a per tire fee is assessed.

Carpet/foam/padding – Richland Creek landfill 770.271.3575

Roofing Materials (shingles, tar, etc) –Richland Creek landfill 770.271.3575

Wood (porches, decks, sandboxes, crossties, landscape timbers, staircases, storage buildings made of wood, etc) – No wood of any type, size, length or quantity is accepted. This must be taken to the Richland Creek landfill 770.271.8633

Remodeling Debris (sheetrock, tile {ceramic or vinyl}, doors, door frames, windows, window frames, porches, decks, carpet, foam, padding, roofing shingles, cabinets, cabinet frames) Richland Creek landfill.

Paint, Stain Varnish, etc – Due to EPA regulations, we no longer are able to accept paint, stain, varnish, or related items.  These items may be dried or evaporated.  Paint can be dried with kitty litter in the can left open. 

Household Garbage, (any item that is disposed of in your kitchen or bathroom trash {e.g. food waste, coffee grounds, food packaging, paper, etc} or that will fit in the purple bags for pickup at curbside) – The curbside garbage service is designed for disposal of your household garbage.

No Gravel, Rocks, or Concrete – Richland Creek Landfill

No Propane Tanks, Gasoline or Acids                                   

How do I dispose of items not accepted at the dumpsters?

Richland Creek Landfill is located in Buford, Georgia. They will accept most items that we do not; they will charge a fee for disposal. Please call them directly at 770.271.3575 for information on hours of operation, items they accept and fees.