Atlanta announces new solid waste collection schedule, routes

The city of Atlanta is changed trash collection from four days to five. CONTRIBUTED

The city of Atlanta is changed trash collection from four days to five. CONTRIBUTED

The city of Atlanta Department of Public Works announced the roll-out of its new Solid Waste Services schedules and routes beginning July 9, according to a press release.

DPW is working to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of solid waste services by optimizing its collection routes. This plan will improve that, as well as balance the workloads for its crews, according to officials. It is also set to reduce travel distance per route by approximately 20 percent. The city’s current four-day collection schedule will change to a five-day, Monday through Friday schedule. This change will impact approximately 100,000 households and 10,000 commercial property owners.

“The City of Atlanta is working to improve the overall quality of solid waste service delivery by implementing route optimization measures. The optimization will allow us to reduce the number of trucks we have to deploy daily and reduce equipment shortages. We are making every effort to have enough resources to service the residents of Atlanta,” said William Johnson, Department of Public Works Commissioner.

To help make the solid waste collection transition easier for residents, DPW has a new web portal and a free mobile app, Atlanta Solid Waste Services. Both are designed to help residents quickly find their collection day schedules. The portal and app can be found at

Both are simple to use and will allow residents to find their current and new solid waste collection days. They can also set up customized reminders by email, phone, text, Twitter, or calendar.

Residents who have questions about the new collection schedule should contact ATL311 by dialing 3-1-1, or 404-546-0311 outside city limits.