Decatur Christmas Tree Recycling Thru Saturday, Jan 6th This Year

From the City via Steve in a FAFF comment (harder to find the info online this year!)…

Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017, through Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, City of Decatur residents may drop off live Christmas trees at the annual “Bring One for the Chipper” event at the Agnes Scott College parking lot between 184 and 206 S. Candler St.

Please do not leave Christmas trees anywhere else on the Agnes Scott campus.

Portion of East Lake Drive in Oakhurst Will Be Closed For Drainage Repairs This Week

From the Decatur Minute…

The City of Decatur will begin storm drainage repairs next week on East Lake Drive between 3rd Ave and Oakview Rd. The project is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, Feb. 21 and should last 4 days. This section of East Lake Drive will be open to local traffic only. A detour will be provided for all through traffic. See detour map above. If you have any questions please contact Tony Kemp, Decatur Public Works, at 404-557-3671 or 404-370-4104.

Decatur Releases “Neighborhood Clean Up Days” Schedule for 2017


I’m NOT going to be tardy with this post this year!  Lenox Place, looks like you’re up first. From the Decatur Minute

Public Works is gearing up for the 2017 Neighborhood Clean-Up days.

The City offer these days once a year to help residents dispose of bulky items that don’t easily fit into Pay-As-You-Throw bags. Each street in the city is assigned to a Saturday between March and June. Dates for the 2017 event are now available.

Neighborhood Clean Up Schedule 2017

If you have any questions, please contact Sean Woodson at [email protected] or 404-377-5571.

Collection Times

All items to be collected should be placed at the curb by 7:30 a.m. This ensures that we do not have to rerun routes for late set-outs. Collections run until 3:30 p.m., or until finished, whichever is sooner.

Acceptable Items
• Yard trimmings
• Building materials (not from the work of private contractors)
• Tires
• Furniture
• Appliances (not containing Freon)
• Trash that won’t fit into pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) bags

Materials we will not collect
• Liquids
• Dirt
• Bricks
• Blocks
• Stone, rocks, or concrete
• Motor vehicle batteries or parts

Four Decatur Streets Set To Be Repaved


From the last Decatur City Commission meeting

Four local streets are going to be repaved as part of GDOT’s Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant program.

Congrats to Swanton Way, Chelsea Drive, Olympic Place, and Midway Road!

The originally proposed repaving of Eastland Drive and Pensdale Road has been postponed until next year, due to the lowest bid exceeding to originally estimated cost.

2016 repaving

Decatur Neighborhood Clean Up Is On! What Are You Getting Rid Of?


Avoid the dangers of a max-capacity Pay-As-You Throw bag!

In case you did know, Decatur’s Neighborhood Clean Up Days (formerly “Super Trash Day” or “Trash Amnesty Day”) commenced earlier this month and run thru Saturday, June 4th.

If you’re new to Decatur, this is the one day a year when you can put most anything out by the curb and the city will pick it up and dispose of it.  The city summarizes the items it will take, thusly…

  • Yard trimmings
  • Building materials (not from the work of private contractors)
  • Tires
  • Furniture
  • Appliances (not containing Freon)
  • Trash that won’t fit into pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) bags

Pretty sweet huh?  However, they won’t take everything.  You can’t throw out the following items on Neighborhood Clean Up Day: Liquids, Dirt, Bricks, Blocks, Stone, rocks, or concrete, or Motor vehicle batteries or parts.

It’s that easy.

“OK, great.  So when is this glorious day?”, you ask.

Well, it’s staggered by neighborhood. Some neighborhoods’ clean up day have come and gone already (my bad), but here’s a quick summary of when neighborhoods should get their old water heaters and ovens out to the curb.

  • April 4th – Oakhurst Neighborhood #1
  • April 16th – Oakhurst Neighborhood #2
  • April 23rd – Winnona Park 
  • April 30th – MAK and College Heights Neighborhoods
  • May 7th – Westchester Neighborhood
  • May 14th – Decatur Heights Neighborhood
  • May 21st – Great Lakes Neighborhood
  • Jane 4th – Lenox Place Neighborhood

For the full list of streets associated with the following neighborhoods click HERE.

Trash on, dear neighbors.

Photo courtesy of Chris

Decatur Recycling: Milk Cartons and Some Styrofoam Accepted; Plastic Bags Not So Much

recycling note

Over the past months there’s been a fair amount of confusion about the finer points of Decatur’s recycling program.  I even ranted a bit recently about how the “big blue bins” naturally make humans – and by extension, Decatur residents – worse recyclers.

So it sure was nice that when the city came around with their annual “Solid Waste & Recycling Services City Holiday Schedule” they included handy, dandy new recycling one-sheet.  (See above.)

A lot of items on the list are no brainers – cans, paper, plastics, glass etc.

But we’ve read contradicting rules over the years about some of the more nuanced trash.  Let’s quickly run through them here and what this new one-sheet tells us.

  • Styrofoam – this one as been relatively clear for a while, but the note clarifies that you CAN recycle styrofoam with the little recycling logo.  You can’t recycle an styrofoam without it.  So you’ll still have to curse anyone who sends you something cushioned in packing peanuts.
  • Plastic/wax coated cartons – Good news.  This one is allowed.  I’m still not sure what sort of recycling can occur with wax soaked cardboard, but hey, you don’t need to add it to your Pay-As-You-Throw bags, so that’s reason for celebration, I suppose.
  • Plastic Grocery Bags – this one has not been allowed for some time but people tend not to notice it.  Plastic bags are one of the banes of the recycling system’s existence.  So take them to Publix or Kroger and recycle them there or you’re gonna have to just chuck them.
  • Greenware cups – Personally, I have trouble even telling “greenware” items from regular plastic.  Even when I do identify a Dancing Goats coffee cup lid as “greenware”, it still feels weird throwing them in the regular trash, but that’s what we’re suppose to do!

Check out the rest of the one-sheet for other details.  And note that you can now include any old tires you have hanging around in your recycling too.  The rubber market must be looking relatively good these days.

As always, if you need new recycling bins contact Public Works at 404-377-5571 and they will hook you up.

Decatur Roads Selected for Paving in 2016

College Place

Was your street selected to be paved by the city of Decatur next year?  Here’s the list being presented to the Decatur City Commission this evening…

  • Eastland Drive – between Willow Lane and the City Limits (0.15 miles)
  • Pensdale Road – between Willow Lane and City Limits (0.04 miles)
  • Midway Road – between S Candler Street and City Limits (0.22 miles)
  • Chelsea Drive – between Coventry Road and Kathryn Avenue (0.24 miles)
  • Olympic Place – between E College Avenue and Dead End (0.25 miles)
  • Swanton Way – between Commerce Drive and Dead End (0.08 miles)

The city selects streets after an evaluation of streets (using “Road Surface Management Pavement Condition Evaluations System”), complaints and inquiries received from citizens.

Photo courtesy of Paula