The Snellville City Council recently approved Advanced Disposal as the contractor to handle trash and recyclable pickup for city residents and businesses, beginning July 1st. Of the four companies submitting bids, Advanced was the lowest bidder that met city requirements, and was given a two-year contract.
For city residents, the biggest changes will be the name on the refuse carts and recycling bins, and new guidelines for acceptable recyclable items. Advanced Disposal will deliver new 65-gallon trash carts and 18-gallon recycling bins (the same sizes as those currently in use) prior to July 1st; 65-gallon recycling carts are available on request, at no additional charge. However, the existing carts and bins will be used throughout the month of June. On the last pick-up day of the month, the current trash hauler will collect the bins and carts when they pick up trash. The new carts and bins from Advanced Disposal should not be taken to the curb until after July 1st. (Advanced has subcontracted with Latham Home Sanitation to handle residential service.)
On occasions when a 65-gallon cart isn’t sufficient to hold the week’s trash, residents can still purchase the infamous blue bags, each of which holds approximately 33 gallons. And as is currently the situation, large bulky items will be hauled off if three bags are attached to each item. Blue bags are available at City Hall, Public Works, Kroger and Publix supermarkets.
The new recycling guidelines are not the result of the new contract, but because of changes within the recycling industry. The biggest change will be that glass will no longer be accepted in curbside recycling bins or carts. For a variety of reasons, the sorting facilities to which mixed recyclables are taken have reduced or eliminated the capability to separate glass from cardboard, plastic, newspapers, magazines and metal cans. It’s not just Snellville that will be eliminating glass as an acceptable curbside recyclable- virtually all cities will be following suit, if they haven’t already.
As with a host of other items, glass will still be accepted at the Snellville recycling center, which maintains separate bins for specific types of items, thereby eliminating the need for sorting. The recycling center also accepts cardboard, yard trimmings, steel and aluminum and a variety of items classified as “junk”.
Beginning July 1st, acceptable items for curbside recycling will be;
Aluminum & Steel Food & Beverage Containers
Aluminum Baking Tins
#1 Plastic Soda & Water Bottles
#2 Plastic Milk Jugs, Juice Bottles and other Rigid Containers
#3-7 Plastic Bottles & Containers
Cardboard boxes (broken down)
Soda, Beer and Other Drink Box Cartons
Kraft paper (Grocery & lunch bags)
Shoe, Cereal, Tissue and Other Packaging Boxes
Cardboard paper towel cores
Cardboard toilet tissue cores
All Junk Mail
Newspaper and Inserts
Mixed Paper (Calendars, School and Computer Paper, Envelopes, Old Greeting Cards & Other Forms)
Paper Back Books
Note that items placed in recycling bins must not be contaminated with food, chemicals, (including oil, gasoline or diesel fuel) hazardous waste, biomedical waste or paint. Also not acceptable in a recycling bin or cart are plastic grocery bags, batteries, cables, yard waste, electronic items and Styrofoam. The Snellville Public Works Department (770/985-3527) can answer any questions about acceptable and unacceptable recyclable items.