Most people don’t know that 75% of our trash is recyclable. A lot of trash is thrown away in landfills rather than being reused. Did you know that Hall County has a recycling center and 12 trash compactor locations? Recycling in Gainesville, GA is easy! Learn how to recycle and help our local community reduce landfill waste. Here are a few tips for local residents:

Where can I recycle?

You can visit any of the trash compactors in Hall County to recycle newspapers, glass, aluminum cans, cardboard, magazines, books, used motor oil, and #1-7 recyclable plastics. Find a compactor near your home or visit the recycling center on Chestnut Street.

What can I recycle?

You can recycle almost anything at the recycling center, including:

    • Paper and cardboard
    • #1-7 recyclable plastics
    • Recyclable glass
    • Aluminum (cans and foil)
    • Steel and tin food cans
    • Wire hangers
    • Used motor oil
    • Grease
    • Rechargeable batteries
    • Electronics
    • Car batteries

(Rechargeable batteries and electronics are accepted at the recycling center only, not at trash compactors.) For standard recycling such as paper, glass, aluminum, and plastic, a trash compactor may be more convenient. Do not recycle the following: wax-coated cartons, wire, pipes, Styrofoam, wood or furniture, mirrors, light bulbs, Pyrex, and ceramics.

Did you know that the average American throws away 4 pounds of trash every day? For a household of 4 people, that means an average family generates 112 pounds every week! That’s a lot of trash that isn’t being recycled.

Learn more about where, what, and how to recycle in Gainesville, GA, and start recycling today.