Recycling Services

Going Green:  What does it mean?

Going Green means making lifestyle choices to protect the environment. This entails recycling or reusing materials and reducing energy use, such as using less water or turning off lights when they're not in use.

The City of Valdosta encourages residents to reduce, reuse and recycle. Bins are provided for recycle commodities. Place your recycle bin alongside your garbage roll-out at the curb by 6 a.m. the morning of your collection day. Recycling is not collected on city designated holidays.

We ask that containers be rinsed out and cardboard be broken down prior to being placed curbside. If items are not placed in the recycle bin or cardboard is not broken down, this could delay the pickup of your recycle material.

NOTE: If you are not sure if something can be recycled, call Public Works staff at 229-259-3588.

What Can Be Recycled?

(Place the following items in your blue recycle bin.)

Material What to Recycle How to prepare Not acceptable
Paper
(newspapers, magazines, mixed paper)
  • Newspapers/inserts (no bags or rubber bands)
  • Magazines, catalogs
  • Phone books
  • Cardboard boxes (remove styrofoam, bubble wrap, tape, etc.)
  • Dry food boxes, cereal boxes (remove inside liners and food)
  • Shoe boxes, gift boxes
  • Office paper
  • Junk mail
  • Frozen food boxes
Flatten cardboard.
  • No tissues, napkins, paper towels or other soiled paper
  • No pizza boxes
  • No paper plates or cups
  • No plastic laminated paper
  • No paperback or hardbound books
Glass, Food, Beverage Bottles, Jars
  • Clear, green, blue and brown
Rinse clean. Labels may be left on.
  • No light bulbs, window glass, dishes, glasses, Pyrex or other glass cooking items
Cans
  • Aluminum, steel and tin.
Rinse clean. Labels may be left on.
  • No paint or aerosol cans
  • No aluminum foil
Plastic
  • Plastic milk or juice jugs, soda and detergent bottles
  • Soda and water bottles
  • Laundry detergent jugs
  • Ketchup, mustard bottles, etc.
  • Plastic bottles and jugs that are labeled #1, 2, 5 & 7 and  on the bottom.
Rinse clean.
  • No plastic bags
  • No motor oil or pool chemical containers
  • No styrofoam or plastic popcorn
  • No plastic toys, baskets, trays, rubber hoses, swimming pools, etc.
  • No five-gallon buckets

Recycling Tips

  1. Make sure your recyclable materials are clean, dry and empty.
  2. Break down any cardboard boxes.
  3. If your bin will not hold all of your recyclables, feel free to use an old garbage can or plastic bin. Make sure to clearly identify the containers as recycling bins.
  4. If it's not on the list, it is a non-recyclable item and should not be placed in your blue bin. 
  5. When in doubt, call 229-259-3588 before you put it out!
  6. Click here for Electronics Recycle event flyer.

Public Works

229-259-3585

229-259-5447

After-Hours Emergency

229-460-1625

229-671-0071

Dept. Head

Richard L. Hardy

Location

1017 Myrtle Street
Valdosta, GA 31601

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