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     FREQUENTLY ASKED DISPOSAL QUESTIONS


    The information below is provided as a public service to help residents properly dispose of waste. It is recommended that you call the businesses directly to confirm the accuracy of the information.


     


    How do I dispose of household trash? 


    Forsyth County Government does not provide curbside trash pickup. If you live within the Cumming City limits contact the City of Cumming at 770 781-2019 to inquire about services provided. For residents outside of Cumming, there are a number of private waste haulers that provide curbside waste and recycling services for a nominal fee. A list of registered haulers can be found at forsythco.com — Solid Waste Department.


    There are 3 county convenience centers and several private locations available for residents to drop off household trash and recyclables.


    Coal Mountain Center3560 Settingdown Rd., Cumming, GA 30028, (770) 781-2071, M-Sat.7:30AM to 5:00PM, Closed on Sundays and County Holidays


    Old Atlanta Center3678 Old Atlanta Rd, Suwanee, GA 30024(770) 205-3010, M-Sat.7:30AM to 5:00PM, Closed on Sundays and County Holidays


    Tolbert Street Center351 Tolbert Street, Cumming, GA, 30040, (770) 781-2176, M-Sat.7:30AM to 5:00PM, Closed on Sundays and County Holidays


    Mauldin Drive  Transfer Station - 175 Mauldin Drive, Alpharetta, GA 30040, (770) 619-9658


    Eagle Point Landfill 8880 Old Federal Road, Ball Ground, GA 30107, Municipal Landfill with a cell for Construction & Demolition debris, (770) 781-2721


    400 Waste & Scrap (Dawson County) -  (706) 216-1485


    400 North Landfill (Dawson County) - (706) 864-5666


    Pine Bluff Landfill (Cherokee County) - (770) 479-2936


    S&W Landfill (Gwinnett County) - (770) 945-1771


    BFI (Gwinnett County) - (770) 271-3575


    How do I disposal of paint ?


    While some old paint can contain lead, the reason that most modern paints are considered hazardous is simply because you cannot put liquid in a lined municipal landfill.


    Your waste hauler and other places that take trash will usually take the paint if it is in a hardened form.  The best way to solidify the paint is to add kitty litter, sawdust, gravel, or paint hardener to the paint and leave the lid off for a couple of weeks so it can harden.  Once it is solidified, separate the hardened paint, wrap it in newspaper, and dispose of it in your household trash and recycle the can. Otherwise, place the lid back on the can and write the word “solid” on the lid with a permanent marker. Most trash haulers will accept the paint can once this is done.


    Paint thinners, mineral spirits, and turpentine CAN BE REUSED. Place a lid on the container that you cleaned your brushes in…let the paint particles settle to the bottom of the container. After several days pour the liquid through a coffee filter into a clean, closeable container for reuse on a future project.


    NEVER pour latex or oil base paint on the ground or into a storm drain or catch basin. All materials collected in our drainage systems returns to our water supply…untreated. 


    ONLY purchase the amount of paint that you need. The amount needed can be calculated after determining the number of square feet that you will be painting. If paint is left over, consider applying a second or third coat until all paint is used. Use leftover paint on odd jobs such as closets, the underside of steps, fences, dog houses, attics, etc.


    How do I dispose of yard waste?


    In Georgia, yard trimmings have been banned from municipal landfills since 1996. Composting is an easy way to transform your yard trimmings as well as fruit and vegetable kitchen scraps into a dark, crumbly, sweet-smelling soil amendment. Gardeners refer to composting as “turning your garbage into gold” because it conserves natural resources and improves soil quality. For more information on composting, call Keep Forsyth County Beautiful at 770.205.4573 or e-mail at kfcb@forsythco.com


    Locations that accept Yard Waste for disposal:


    Green Brothers Recycling - 3445 Francis Rd. Alpharetta Ga. 30004, Material is used to make a compost product, (770) 475 - 8660


    Smith’s Garden Products - 4200 Dr. Bramblett Rd. Cumming, GA 30040, Material is used to make a compost product, (678) 513-1499


    Greenleaf C & D Landfill - 4512 Keith Bridge Road, Cumming, GA 30041, Construction & Demolition Landfill, (770) 888-3355


    Eagle Point Landfill - 8880 Old Federal Road, Ball Ground, GA 30107, Municipal Landfill with a cell for Construction & Demolition, (770) 781-2721


    Martin Ruby Soil & Inert - 4865 Shadburn Road, Cumming, GA 30041, (770) 887-9632


    Byrd’s Inert Landfill (Dawson County) - (706) 216-4470


    S & W Inert Landfill (Gwinnett County) – (770) 945-1771


    Cowart Mulch Products (Gwinnett County) – (770) 932-6161


    Where can I recycle electronics?


    Electronics can present an environmental hazard if they are disposed of improperly. Computers have several elements – lead, mercury, cadmium – that are regulated as hazardous wastes by U.S. EPA and all states.



    Tolbert Street Center351 Tolbert Street, Cumming, GA, 30040, (770) 781-2176, M-Sat.7:30AM to 5:00PM, Closed on Sundays and county holidays


    At the Tolbert Street Location Only


    There is a small fee for electronics recycling. $2 for 1 item, $4 for 2 items and $5 for unlimited. Additional charge of $12 for televisions.  


    Electronics - computers, laptops, cables, monitors, VCR, DVD player, CB radio, copiers & printers, stereos, camcorders, UPS/Battery backup, DVDs and CDs, computer parts, keyboards, CD players, projectors, cameras,  phones, radios, record players, typewriters


    Televisions - $12 charge per television NO wooden console or projection TVs  


    Atlanta Recycling Solutions1355 Union Hill Industrial Court, Alpharetta, GA 30054, (678) 566-6665


    Roswell Center11570 Maxwell Rd, Alpharetta, GA 30009, (770) 442-8822 


    Some local office supply stores and large retailers take electronics for a nominal fee.



    Keep Forsyth County Beautiful sponsors a semiannual Electronics Recycling Event. For more information call 770-205-4573.



    Where can I recycle compact florescent light bulbs?



    Mercury currently is an essential component of Compact Florescent Bulbs (CFLs), and it allows the bulb to be an efficient light source. No mercury is released when the bulbs are intact or in use. CFLs contain a very small amount of mercury sealed within the glass tubing – an average of 5 milligrams, which is about the amount that would cover the tip of a ball-point pen. By comparison, older thermometers contain about 500 milligrams of mercury.



    Go to https://www.thinkgreenfromhome.com/ThinkGreenFromHome.cfm to learn more about a program offered by Waste Management to recycle CFL’s.



    Some Home Depot and IKEA stores have boxes in the front of the stores to recycle CFL’s. Contact your retailers for more information.


    If you cannot recycle the bulbs, it is recommended that you wrap them  with newsaper and place in a baggy for disposal. This process will help contain the mercury if the bulb breaks.


    Where can I recycle scrap metal?


    Old Atlanta Center3678 Old Atlanta Rd, Suwanee, GA 30024(770) 205-3010, M-Sat.7:30AM to 5:00PM, Closed on Sundays and County Holidays


    Tolbert Street Center351 Tolbert Street, Cumming, GA, 30040, (770) 781-2176, M-Sat.7:30AM to 5:00PM, Closed on Sundays and County Holidays


    Coal Mountain Center3560 Settingdown Rd., Cumming, GA 30028, (770) 781-2071, M-Sat.7:30AM to 5:00PM, Closed on Sundays and County Holidays


    United Recycling - 2525 Friendship Circle, Cumming GA 30040, (770) 205 - 4045


    400 Waste & Scrap (Dawson County) - 100 Wallace Circle, Dawsonville, GA 30534, (706) 216-1485


    Busy Buzzard Salvage Removal - (678) 906-7007, (770) 893-2417, (470) 244-6310


    Care Free Salvage - (678) 773.0567


    Roswell Center11570 Maxwell Rd, Alpharetta, GA 30009, (770) 442-8822 


    Gainesville Scrap Iron & Metal (Hall County) - (770) 534-5612


    Blaze - (Gwinnett County) - (770) 447-0175


    Tullis Metals – (Gwinnett County) - (770) 945-7826



    Where can I recycle tires?


    Coal Mountain Center3560 Settingdown Rd., Cumming, GA 30028, (770) 781-2071, M-Sat. 7:30AM to 5:00PM, Closed on Sundays and County Holidays, nominal fee


    400 Waste & Scrap (Dawson County) - 100 Wallace Circle, Dawsonville, GA 30534, (706) 216-1485, nominal fee 


    Roswell Center11570 Maxwell Rd, Alpharetta, GA 30009, (770) 442-8822 


    Most tire stores will accept tires for a nominal fee.



    Where can I recycle motor oil?


    Coal Mountain Center3560 Settingdown Rd., Cumming, GA 30028, (770) 781-2071, M-Sat.7:30AM to 5:00PM, Closed on Sundays and County Holidays


    Old Atlanta Center3678 Old Atlanta Rd, Suwanee, GA 30024(770) 205-3010, M-Sat.7:30AM to 5:00PM, Closed on Sundays and County Holidays


    Tolbert Street Center351 Tolbert Street, Cumming, GA, 30040, (770) 781-2176, M-Sat.7:30AM to 5:00PM, Closed on Sundays and County Holidays


    Roswell Center11570 Maxwell Rd, Alpharetta, GA 30009, (770) 442-8822 


    Most auto parts will accept small quantities or motor oil



    Where can I recycle antifreeze?


    North Georgia Radiator- 1365 Pilgrim Mill Road, Cumming, GA 30040, (770) 205-0905, also accept Freon


    Roswell Center11570 Maxwell Rd, Alpharetta, GA 30009, (770) 442-8822 


    Most local auto parts stores will accept small portions of antifreeze.



    Where can I recycle used cooking oil?


    Coal Center3560 Settingdown Rd., Cumming, GA 30028, (770) 781-2071, M-Sat.7:30AM to 5:00PM, Closed on Sundays and County Holidays


    Old Atlanta Center3678 Old Atlanta Rd, Suwanee, GA 30024(770) 205-3010, M-Sat.7:30AM to 5:00PM, Closed on Sundays and County Holidays


    Tolbert Street Center351 Tolbert Street, Cumming, GA, 30040, (770) 781-2176, M-Sat.7:30AM to 5:00PM, Closed on Sundays and County Holidays



    Where can I dispose of refrigerators and freon units?


    400 Waste & Scrap (Dawson County) - 100 Wallace Circle, Dawsonville, GA 30534, (706)216-1485


    Busy Buzzard Salvage Removal - (678) 906-7007, (770) 893-2417, (470) 244-6310


    Care Free Salvage - (678) 773 - 0567


    Roswell Recycling—11570 Maxwell Rd, Alpharetta, GA 30009, (770) 442-8822 



    Where can I recycle batteries?


    Coal Mountain Center3560 Settingdown Rd., Cumming, GA 30028, (770) 781-2071, M-Sat.7:30AM to 5:00PM, Closed on Sundays and County Holidays, Alkaline, rechargeable including lithium, nickel cadmium, dry cell and lead acid batteries. 


    Old Atlanta Center3678 Old Atlanta Rd, Suwanee, GA 30024(770) 205-3010, M-Sat.7:30AM to 5:00PM, Closed on Sundays and County Holidays, Alkaline, rechargeable including lithium, nickel cadmium, dry cell and lead acid batteries. 


    Tolbert Street Center351 Tolbert Street, Cumming, GA, 30040, (770) 781-2176, M-Sat.7:30AM to 5:00PM, Closed on Sundays and County Holidays, Alkaline, rechargeable including lithium, nickel cadmium, dry cell and lead acid batteries. 


    Batteries Plus906 Market Place Blvd. Suite 102, Cumming, GA 30041, (770) 781-6460, All types of batteries


    400 Waste & Scrap (Dawson County) - 100 Wallace Circle, Dawsonville, GA 30534, (706) 216-1485, lead acid only


    Roswell Center11570 Maxwell Rd, Alpharetta, GA 30009, (770) 442-8822 


    Most auto parts stores accept car batteries.



    Where can I dispose of old furniture, mattresses and bulky items?


    Eagle Point Landfill8880 Old Federal Road, Ball Ground, GA 30107, Municipal Landfill with a cell for Construction & Demolition (770) 781-2721


    400 North Landfill (Dawson County) - (706) 864-5666


    Pine Bluff Landfill (Cherokee County) - (770) 479-2936


    S&W Landfill (Gwinnett County) - (770) 945-1771


    BFI (Gwinnett County) - (770) 271-3575



    Where can I donate furniture and household items that are useable?


    Goodwill127 Merchants Square, Cumming, GA 30040, (678) 455-9345


    The Place— 5250 Place Circle (off of Antioch Drive), Cumming, GA 30040, (678) 947-8825


    Family Haven Thrift Store - 433 Canton Rd. Cumming, GA 30040, (770) 844-0842


    Humane Society Thrift Store - 168 Tri-County Plaza Cumming, GA 30040, (770) 886-5806


    Abba House - 6800 Dahlonega Hwy, Cumming, GA 30028, (678) 208-2000


    If your question is not answered on this page please call Keep Forsyth County Beautiful at 770 205-4573 or e-mail your question to kfcb@forsythco.com


     


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