Gwinnett County Trash – Recycling Pick Up

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Households located within unincorporated areas of Gwinnett County have the opportunity to recycle 35 different types of items as part of their recycling pickup service. It’s always been a bit confusing as to whether a particular item was recyclable, but now, more than ever, there are a multitude of items we can recycle making solid waste service more efficient, cost effective, and environmentally friendly.

Gwinnett County trash haulers use dedicated trucks for recycling pick up and a method called “single stream recycling.” This means that recyclables are sorted at the recycling center, not curbside. Simply throw all of your recycling into one container — your solid waste hauler will sort it all later. A list of items is below, but for photos and more specifics (especially plastic bottles), go to their website at and click on “Recycling Waste” and then select the “List of Items”. Let’s all do our part to keep these items out of our landfills and put them back into service.

• Aluminum (beverage containers, baking tins, food containers)
• Cardboard (boxes – broken down, pizza boxes)
• Glass (bottles and jars)
• Junk Mail (discarded mail, greeting cards, envelopes)
• Kraft Paper (kraft paper, paper grocery bags, paper shopping and lunch bags)
• Magazines (magazines, shopping catalogs)
• Mixed Paper (calendars, school papers, carbonless paper forms)
• Newspaper (newspapers and inserts)
• Other Paper (computer paper, old phone directories, paperback books)
• Paperboard (paperboard, cereal boxes, tissue boxes, paper towel cores, tissue paper cores, soda and beer cartons, shoe boxes)
• Plastic (plastic soda and water bottles #1, milk jugs #2, plastic detergent bottles #2, plastic bottles #3-7)
• Steel (steel food containers, empty aerosol cans, clean metallic lids)

If you have items that are not on this list that you want to recycle, check out the recycling pick up directory on their website to find out where you can take certain items to be recycled.