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Solid Waste

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Garbage Collection and Recycling

Cobb County Government does not provide trash collection services, enabling residents and businesses to contract with private collection services for garbage pick up.


Cobb County Code - Sec. 102-93 - Vehicle loads causing litter

No person shall drive or move any vehicle within the county unless such vehicles are so constructed or loaded as to prevent any load, contents or litter contained therein from being blown or deposited upon any street, alley or other public place. Additionally, no person shall drive or move any loaded truck or vehicle upon any county road with direct ingress and egress to any solid waste disposal facility or site operated by the county unless such vehicle and the load therein is covered by canvas or other material providing complete coverage, properly secured, so as to prevent any load, contents or litter from becoming loose, detached or blown from the vehicle, or from dropping or escaping from the vehicle during the movement thereof.


The Cobb County Solid Waste Division is under the Public Services Agency of Cobb County government. The division provides an integrated approach to the management of recycling, municipal solid waste (MSW), construction and demolition waste (C&D), and vegetative waste handling and disposal.

The Solid Waste Division is comprised of the following units/functions facilitated by County staff: Keep Cobb Beautiful, Maintenance of Landfills, Solid Waste Administration and Hauler Permitting, Customer Service, Solid Waste Management and Compliance, Human Resources, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Public Information, Budget, Business Services, and Procurement.

The Solid Waste Division oversees the following unit services that are outsourced and contracted to vendors: Recycling Center Operations facilitated by WestRock Recycling; Transfer Station and Material Handling Operations facilitated by Advanced Disposal Services (ADS); and Vegetative Waste Recovery Operation facilitated by TAG Grinding Services.

For information concerning the services or programs listed above, please email [email protected] or call (678) 581-5488.


The mission of the Solid Waste Division is to provide leadership and support in overseeing the contracted daily operations of environmentally sound solid waste and recycling facilities; to provide waste reduction programs in accordance with local, state and federal regulations; and to promote stewardship of our communities through litter prevention, beautification, recycling and environmental education.

Garbage Hauler Permits

The Cobb County Code, Section 102 specifically defines the intent and purpose of the Solid Waste Ordinance. This section requires any garbage hauler who collects, transports, or stores solid waste to comply with the Solid Waste Ordinance. If you are a garbage hauler who does business in unincorporated Cobb County, you may be required to obtain a Solid Waste Permit.

For information concerning the permitting of garbage haulers in Cobb County, please email [email protected] or call (678) 581-5488.