Solid Waste

The Elberton Utilities Solid Waste Department provides the following services:

  • Residential Services
  • Commercial Services
  • Recycling


We are the sole provider of residential solid waste collection to all citizens within the Elberton Utilities. Residential customers are served through once-weekly curbside pickups utilizing a roll out poly-kart system. The current rate is $16.25 per month for collection plus a $3.75 per month surcharge to pay tipping fees imposed by the Elbert County Board of Commissioners.

Poly-karts should be put on the street by 7:00 am the day of pickup, and removed from the street the same day.

The City provides one (1), ninety (90) gallon poly-kart at no charge. However, if one cart is not sufficient to contain household waste between pickups, additional poly-karts may be purchased at a cost of $85.00 plus an additional monthly collection charge per poly-kart.


We offer solid waste collection to commercial and industrial customers within the City limits. Commercial collection rates are based on the size of the dumpster and range from $33.00 to $64.00 per month for once per week pickups. Surcharges will charged per container size based on monthly pickup rates to pay tipping fees imposed by the Elbert County Board of Commissioners.

All dumpsters must be leased or purchased from the Elberton Utilities. New customers should contact the Public Works Department to discuss the size dumpster needed. Once a size is determined, dumpster pad guidelines must be followed. Click here to access the dumpster pad guidelines.

Commercial and Industrial customers are required to provide rear loader containers that are compatible with the City's collection equipment and in sufficient number to contain solid waste between pickups. The customer may lease or purchase a container from the city or any preferred source that meets city requirements.

The Elberton Utilities’s ordinance allows its Commercial customers two (2) choices for garbage removal:

  1. Utilize the Elberton Utilities Solid Waste Division service – Commercial poly-kart (95 gallon container) or Dumpster – 2 cubic yd., 4 cubic yd., 6 cubic yd., or 8 cubic yd.
  2. Utilize another company and provide the Solid Waste Division with agreement/receipt of payment to vendor – monitored on an annual basis.

Click here for Leaf & Limb information

Solid Waste Services Documents, Reports & Forms