Frequently Asked Questions

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

Where can I dispose of household trash?

Forsyth County Convenience Centers
Eagle Point Landfill - 8880 Old Federal Rd, Ball Ground GA 30107, 770-781-2721
400 Waste & Scrap - 100 Wallace Circle, Dawsonville GA 30534, 706-216-1485
400 North Landfill (Dawson County) 706-864-5666
Pine Bluff Landfill (Cherokee County) 770-479-2936
Richland Creek Landfill (Gwinnett County) 770-271-3575

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

Eagle Point Landfill - 8880 Old Federal Rd, Ball Ground GA 30107, 770-781-2721
400 Waste & Scrap - 100 Wallace Circle, Dawsonville GA 30534, 706-216-1485
400 North Landfill (Dawson County) 706-864-5666
Pine Bluff Landfill (Cherokee County) 770-479-2936
Richland Creek Landfill (Gwinnett County) 770-271-3575

Where can I dispose of construction debris?

Eagle Point Landfill - 8880 Old Federal Rd, Ball Ground GA 30107, 770-781-2721
Accepts yard debris, no stumps, charges fee

Greenleaf Landfill - 4512 Keith Bridge Rd, Cumming GA 30041, 770-888-3355
Accepts yard debris, no stumps, charges fee

400 Waste & Scrap (Dawson County) 706-216-1485
Accepts yard debris, no stumps, charges fee, only accepts from truck bed or dump trailers, no flatbed trailers

400 North Landfill (Dawson County) 706-864-5666
Accepts yard debris, no stumps, charges fee, no personal checks 

Pine Bluff Landfill (Cherokee County) 770-479-2936
Does not accept yard debris 

Where do I dispose of woody storm debris?

Green Brothers Recycling - 3445 Francis Rd. Alpharetta Ga. 30004, 770-475-8660.
Still taking tree debris (must be woody material) – however, they are getting very full so please call first to make sure they have room – charges fee.  Drop off only, they do not pick up.

Smith’s Garden Products - 4200 Dr. Bramblett Rd. Cumming, GA 30040, 678-513-1499.
Will take storm debris – charges fee.  Drop off only, they do not pick up.
 
Cowart Mulch Products (Gwinnett) 770-932-6161 - wood only, no yard clippings 
Will take only woody storm debris – call for closest of 6 locations for drop off – charges fee.  Drop off only, they do not pick up.

Ruby Martin Soil & Inert - 4865 Shadburn Rd, Cumming GA 30041 770-887-9632

Will take only woody storm debris – call for directions to facility (GPS does not work correctly) – charges fee.  Drop off only, they do not pick up.

Where can I dispose of refrigerators and freon units?

United Recycling - 2525 Friendship Circle, Cumming, GA 30040, 770-205-4045
400 Waste & Scrap (Dawson County) 706-216-1485

How do I disposal of Gasoline, Antifreeze, Herbicides, Pesticides, Cleaners, and Chemicals?

These items can be disposed of in your regular household trash once they are in a completely solid state.

Ways to solidify household hazardous waste and other liquids:

  • 1) Work outside, away from access by children or animals and wear rubber gloves and eye protection.
  • 2) Sawdust, shredded newspaper, kitty litter, rags or oil dry can be used as an absorbent.
  • 3) Double-line a garbage can or box with plastic garbage bags, add some of the material you have chosen as an absorbent and then some of the liquid waste.
    • a. For gasoline you will need to use a more rigid container preferably metal and do not line with trash bags. Aluminum roasting pans work well.
  • 4) Gently stir and alternate adding liquid and absorbent until all of the liquid is absorbed.
  • 5) If possible leave the open bag open outside in the sun to completely dry the material.
  • 6) When the material is solidified, tie up the bag and it can then go into the regular trash.
  • 7) Be sure not to get the bag so heavy that you can't handle it, or that it ruptures.
  • 8) If you leave the chemical in its original container for disposal leave the lid off to show that it is solidified.

 

Where can I recycle paint?

Forsyth County Convenience Centers

Where can I recycle electronics?

Tolbert Street Convenience Center - 351 Tolbert Street, Cumming, GA, 30040, 770-781-2176 M-Sat. 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM, Closed on Sundays and County Holidays There is a small fee to recycle electronics: $2 for 1 item, $4 for 2 items, $5 for unlimited (excluding televisions), $12 per television (NO wooden console or projection televisions.)

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

Where can I recycle florescent light bulbs?

Batteries Plus - 906 Market Place Blvd. Cumming, GA 30041, 770-781-6460 Recycles all types of light bulbs and batteries (small fee may apply)

Lowe's / Home Depot
Some Lowe's and Home Depot stores take small CFL and tube type bulbs. Please contact your local store to find out if they are participating.

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

Where can I recycle scrap metal?

Forsyth County Convenience Centers
United Recycling - 2525 Friendship Circle, Cumming, GA 30040, 770-205-4045
400 Waste & Scrap (Dawson County) 706-216-1485

Where can I recycle tires?

Coal Mountain Convenience Center - 3560 Settingdown Rd. Cumming, GA 30028, 770-781-2071 M-F 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM , Closed on Sundays and County Holidays There is a small fee to recycle tires: $3 per tire, $15 per tire on the rim

Where can I recycle motor oil and antifreeze?

Forsyth County Convenience Centers

Where can I recycle used cooking oil?

Forsyth County Convenience Centers

Where can I recycle batteries?

Forsyth County Convenience Centers

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

Goodwill - 127 Merchants Sq, 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

Contact Us

 Address: 1950 Sharon Road
Cumming, GA 30041
 Phone: 770-205-4573
 Email: Contact Us

Our Mission

The mission of the Forsyth County Recycling and Solid Waste Department is to manage the county’s solid waste in an environmentally sound, cost-effective, socially responsible and safe manner, in accordance with the vision of the Forsyth County Comprehensive Solid Waste Plan.