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Gwinnett County Solid Waste Management Plan

In 1990, the Georgia Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Act became law, which requires local governments to complete a local solid waste management plan and update it every 10 years. In 1991, Gwinnett County and many of the municipalities within developed a state approved solid waste management plan.

The plan was amended in 1993, 1994, and again in 2007 to include the cities of Berkeley Lake, Dacula, Duluth, Grayson, Lawrenceville, Lilburn, Norcross, Snellville, Sugar Hill, and Suwanee.

The 2007 amendment serves as the plan update as required by state law, covering a planning period from 2005 – 2020 and includes the physical area and political jurisdictions of Gwinnett County and the participating plan update cities. State law and regulations requires that each county address provisions and examine five planning elements. Those elements are:

  1. Waste reduction
  2. Waste collection
  3. Waste disposal
  4. Land limitation
  5. Education and public involvement

 Click here to view a copy of Gwinnett’s Solid Waste Management Plan.

Trash service is picking up
With the trash service in effect in unincorporated areas of Gwinnett, residents are beginning to understand how it works.
  • Five private companies collect residential solid waste and recycling in assigned service areas
  • Uniform contract with Gwinnett County government
  • Residential hauler provides a 95-gallon cart for trash to each residence
  • 65-gallon cart option is available (no extra charge)
  • Residential hauler provides an 18-gallon recycle bin upon request (no extra charge)

Haulers will take bulky items such as furniture, mattresses, and appliances at no extra charge if you contact your hauler to schedule a pickup.

How much does the basic service cost?

Residential solid waste and recycling service costs $19.16 per month for basic service. If you are a senior age 65 or older with an annual income below $10,000 who has filed a senior homestead exemption called an L3A, or a senior age 65 or older with an income up to $25,000 who qualifies for a senior school exemption or L5A, your monthly fee will be $16.29. The 15 percent solid waste fee discount also applies to disabled residents with an L5A exemption.

What about yard waste?

Yard waste collection is not included in basic service. Please contact your residential hauler and they will bill you directly for yard waste collection service. 


Please direct questions to your hauler or the County's Solid Waste Management Call Center at 770.822.7141 weekdays between 8:00am and 5:00pm. You may also email your questions to, or check out the frequently asked questions section of this webpage.

Korean and Spanish translations
Information about the new trash plan and what can be recycled is available in both Korean and Spanish.

Recyclables – Spanish (PDF)
Recyclables – Korean (PDF)