Sanitation and Recycling

All residents and businesses within the City of McDonough city limits are required to have City sanitation services. The sanitation services are provided by Republic Services.

2020 Trash/Recycle Calendar (With Holidays)

Click here for Sanitation and Trash Service Schedule!

Residential Sanitation Pick Up

The charge for sanitation service is $17.08 a month and is billed on your water bill. If you are a new customer and you are in our office before noon on Monday, you will be eligible for pick up that week; otherwise pick up will start the following week. New roll carts are typically delivered within a week of establishing new service Trash from construction, remodeling, landscaping, dirt, concrete, carpet and padding will not be collected.

The City of McDonough provides customers with a household and recycling roll cart. The large 90 gallon cart (usually blue or gray) is for household use and the 65 gallon (usually brown with a green lid) is for recycling use.

You will be provided with a pick up schedule when applying for your water service. All roll carts must be placed at the curbside by 7:00 AM on pick up day. If you have bulk items for pick up, please call 770-957-3915 to schedule a pick- up. The facility at 560 Macon St. (The old Mercer Building) is opened from 8:30 am- 12:00 pm on the 3rd Saturday each month for trash/ large item drop off. The City also provides a limb pick- up service. Please call 770-957-3915 for more information. If your trash or recycling is missed during the scheduled pick up day and the miss was caused by Republic Services, the re-scheduled pick up day will be on the following Friday only.


Commercial Sanitation

The City Of McDonough provides sanitation services for all business/Commercial locations within the City Limits. The price for services varies depending on what type of container and the frequency of pick-ups. A Commercial sanitation application must be filled out and turned in to City Hall in order to establish Commercial sanitation services.

Click here for Prices and Commercial Sanitation Application 



Recycling service is provided every two weeks on the SAME day as your trash is serviced. The recycle cart is brown with a green lid. The City has partnered with Recycle Bank to allow citizens to enjoy a more sustainable lifestyle while receiving rewards for their efforts. For more information and to register visit or call 1-888-727-2978.

Turn Your Recyclables Into Rewards!

With RecycleBank, you earn points for recycling that you can use at for rewards like discounts for groceries, merchandise, and more at local businesses and national retailers.   

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Don’t have a RecycleBank account yet? Go to to register or call 1-888-727-2978 to set up your account and turn your recyclables into rewards.          

Let’s ALL Do Our Part 

Recycling is one of the most important things we can do to preserve our planet. On a daily basis, more than 100 million Americans participate in recycling used and old materials in their household and offices, and now you can be a part of helping!

Items To Recycle

  • Cardboard
  • Aluminum and metal cans
  • Steel Cans
  • Shredded paper (place large amounts in a plastic bag)
  • Plastic and aluminum beverage containers
  • Plastic containers numbered 1-7
  • Newspapers, magazines, phone books, junk mail, brochures   

Items Not To Recycle 

  • Food or food containers
  • Styrofoam
  • “Peanut” packaging materials
  • Loose bubble wrap
  • Restroom and kitchen waste paper
  • Glass containers
  • Glass panels
  • Fluorescent light bulbs
  • Photographs and film
  • CD’s and jewel cases

Remove food waste and liquids from containers.