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City Council to consider curbside recycling

Survey may be sent out to gauge interest



CUMMING, Ga. — The City of Cumming is revisiting curbside recycling several years after the idea failed.

Mayor H. Ford Gravitt said at the Sept. 19 City Council meeting that recycling failed earlier because a lot of the materials collected by the city had to be shipped out of state due to space limitations.

Since then, he said he’s spoken with a lot of home owners who are still interested in the practice.

A survey will be created and sent out later for residents to give their input on the topic, then the council will come back to address it.

Instituting a curbside recycling program is part of the city’s comprehensive plan. It is slated to start in 2018 from a private contractor and will be the administration’s responsibility. The plan said it will be paid through the general fund.

“With all the feedback I’ve been given, this is something we need to look at,” Gravitt said. “I think there will be a large amount that wants curbside pickup even with a fee. We should be able to work out a deal for city residents.”

Currently, the city offers garbage services for residential at $15 a month which includes one pick up a week. The current commercial garbage pickup fee is $20 a month with one collection a week. The fee rises if the owner requests additional weekly pickups.

Forsyth County has three convenience centers that accept a variety of recyclables. Recycling is free with a few exceptions and the quantity is unlimited. Hours are 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

The centers are located at:

351 Tolbert Street, Cumming

3678 Old Atlanta Road, Suwanee

3560 Settingdown Road, Cumming

To view a complete list of what items are accepted, visit

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