Refuse & Recycling

The City of DeKalb has contracted with Waste Management for refuse and recycling collection within the City of DeKalb.  Curbside collection is billed through your City of DeKalb water billing.

Contact Waste Management at 800-796-9696 for questions or problems with garbage and recycling collection.  Please do not set out refuse and recycling earlier than 6:00 a.m. on the day prior to collection.  Remove containers no later than midnight on the day of collection.  

Scheduled Collection Days

Waste Management collects refuse and recycling in the City of DeKalb Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  Check for your scheduled collection here:  Collection Day Map


The following holidays will delay collection one day when they occur on a weekday:

New Year's Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas.

Landscape Waste

Yard waste is collected by Waste Management on regularly scheduled collection days seasonally from April 1 through the end of November.  Landscape waste must be placed in approved biodegradable landscape waste bags or open garbage cans not larger than 32 gallon capacity. Brush must be cut to 4 foot lengths and bundled with twine or string, not to exceed 50 pounds.

Landscape Drop Off Sites

Landscape Waste Drop-off Sites-Landscape drop off containers are in place at the following locations April 1st through November 30th:  
  • Fire Station #2 - 1154 South 7th Street   
  • City Garden Plots, west of Fire Station #3 950 W. Dresser Road 
  • The southeast corner of North 7th Street and Oak Street
Landscape waste containers are for City of DeKalb residents to dispose of grass clippings, branches, leaves, and brush only. These are to be placed loose or in approved landscape waste bags (not plastic) inside the container. The following violations are prohibited and violators will be prosecuted: 

  • Dumping of any non-landscape items 
  • Dumping of any refuse (including yard waste) on the ground
  • Dumping by professional landscape contractors

Recycling Rules and Info

Rules and Information and Recycling Myths

Electronic Recycling

Electronics were banned from landfills in 2012.  Electronic Recycling is offered in DeKalb on the first Saturday of each month.  For more information:

Rewards for Recycling

Would you like to be rewarded for taking care of the environment? Join the Recyclebank program and receive rewards for simply doing what you already do! Click here to learn how to join the Recyclebank program and collect your rewards.

Hazardous Waste Disposal

The DeKalb County Health Department sponsors collection events for difficult-to-dispose of wastes. For more information:  DeKalb County Health Department