Recycling saves! Reducing the amount of trash by becoming commited to recycling is good for the environment and the wallet. The city collects over 20,000 tons of garbage a year. The average household of three produces approximately 1.4 tons of garbage a year, 84% of which can be recycled, including paper, cardboard, cans and plastic bottles. Even food scraps and yard waste can be composted. If everyone would make a concerted effort to recycle, the cost of services could be reduced.

Want to find out more? Keep Kennesaw Beautiful, the city’s environmental committee, works to empower residents to be responsible stewards of our natural resources. The group meets at 6 pm on the second Monday of each month at the City Hall Training Room. All meetings are open to the public.

E-recycle and shredding events are held bi-annually in April and November at the city’s Public Works facility. Check the Calendar of Events for details.

Curbside Recycling

Currently, curbside recycling is provided by Republic Services every other week. This is a service that is encouraged and provided at no extra charge to the customer. Bins/carts MUST be placed on the curb before 7 am the day of collection. Click here to view the recycle schedule.

In order to protect the environment by conserving natural resources and preserving rapidly dwindling landfill space as well as minimizing waste disposal costs, the City of Kennesaw encourages all residential and commercial/industrial occupants to recycle all recyclable materials and implement reduction activities.  The following is a listing of items accepted by the recycling program.  Any items contaminated with food or other debris (oil, feces, etc.) will not be collected.

Acceptable Items:

  • Paper:  newspapers (inserts & ads okay); magazines & catalogs; brochures & pamphlets; mail envelopes (windows & labels okay); file folders & card stock; printing/writing paper (colored paper okay); shredded paper (bagged); telephone books, paperback books and hardback books
  • Cardboard:  corrugated cardboard & boxes (flatten or cut up); cereal & cracker boxes; food cartons & boxes; milk cartons & drink boxes; paper bags; paper towels & toilet paper rolls; paper egg cartons
  • Plastics:  plastics with numbers 1,2,3,4,5,6 or 7; soda & water bottles; mouthwash bottles; ketchup & salad dressing bottles; milk & water jugs; cosmetic & shampoo bottles; bleach, laundry & dish soap bottles; household cleaning bottles
  • Metals:  aluminum cans; steel/tin cans; clean scrap aluminum; non-hazardous aerosol cans (empty)

Items NOT Acceptable:

  • Food or liquid waste
  • Frozen food containers
  • Glass
  • Cookware or pots & pans
  • Paper or plastic cups & plates
  • Tarps or garden hoses
  • Napkins or paper towels
  • Toys or child pools
  • Plastic bags (store, bread, ziploc)
  • Metal or plastic pails or buckets
  • Tissue or gift wrap
  • Electronics or electronics housing
  • Aluminum pie pans or foil
  • Photographic paper, tapes or CDs
  • Light bulbs or fluorescent tubes
  • Print or toner cartridges
  • Cellophane food bags (i.e. salad, candy)
  • Auto parts or batteries
  • Pet food bags
  • Motor oil or anti-freeze bottles
  • China or ceramics
  • Diapers
  • Clothing or shoes
  • Kitchen utensils or dishes
  • Clothes hangers
  • Prescription vials
  • Aluminum siding for homes
  • Draperies or blinds
  • Plastic film packaging (shrink/saran wrap)
  • Styrofoam, bubble wrap, packing peanuts
  • Medical supplies (syringes, needles, lancets)
  • Yard waste (grass, weeds or tree trimmings)