Bring One for the Chipper - January

Every year, Keep DeKalb Beautiful sponsors "Bring One for the Chipper" as part of a Statewide effort to recycle Christmas trees. This annual event continues the tradition of recycling live Christmas trees. Citizens have the option to submit used trees to designated drop-off points in DeKalb County. Residents who are currently serviced by DeKalb County Sanitation Division Bring One for the Chipper   may also leave their trees for curbside pick-up. The Christmas trees are recycled by chipping them into mulch for use in landscaping, or by using them as fish and wildlife habitats.

Last year, more than 200,000 trees were recycled in the State of Georgia. Over 10,000 of those trees were from DeKalb citizens. The program produces tangible environmental benefits while helping our county comply with Sate regulations that prohibit the disposal of yard trimmings in lined municipal landfills.

Click here for information on how to obtain free mulch through a KDB Beautification Project or DeKalb County Sanitation Division.

Arbor Day - February

Arbor Day is a nationally recognized celebration in which many communities take the time to plant the seeds of tomorrow today. The idea for Arbor Day originally came from Nebraska. A visit to Nebraska today wouldn't disclose that the state was once a treeless plain. Yet it was the lack of trees there that led to the founding of Arbor Day in the 1800s. In 1854, J. Arbor Day - Outstanding Dogwood Tree Contest Winner 2008Sterling Morton, American pioneer from Detroit established a home in Nebraska, which he quickly planted with trees, shrubs and flowers.

As a journalist and editor, Morton advocated tree planting and also encouraged civic organizations and groups to join in and plant trees. His prominence in the area increased, and he became secretary of the Nebraska Territory, which provided another opportunity to stress the value of trees.

Georgian's recognize Arbor Day on February, 15th. Due to recent drought, recognizing the importance of trees and their impact on the environment has become vital to communities. The KDB recognizes Arbor Day in a variety of ways including showcasing outstanding existing trees in the county through Selected Tree Photo Contests and tree planting events. See our Photo Gallery.

For more information on the upcoming Arbor Day recognition event, please contact the KDB Office.

Great American Clean up and Earth Day - April
Great American Cleanup - Georgia

You can be involved with the largest litter prevention and beautification effort ever. In April, join two million volunteers across the country and help clean up your community! The Great American Cleanup is an annual, nationwide, community improvement campaign started by Keep America Beautiful in 1999. Each year KDB participates in Keep America Beautiful's Great American Cleanup initiative as a way of giving our communities a "Fresh Start."

DeKalb Tech - Phi Theta Kappa Volunteers at the 2008 Dump-It-Right Day EventDeKalb County community groups register with KDB to host community clean ups and beautification projects around the county. Groups that register receive plastic bags, gloves, safety vests, pickup sticks and t-shirts as supplies are available. Community groups join DeKalb County in picking up trash and litter from streets and sidewalks.

In past years, community groups have helped remove over 30,000 pounds of litter from 130 miles of roadway around DeKalb County.

Earth Day, April 22nd, has inspired and mobilized individuals and organizations worldwide to demonstrate their commitment to environmental protection and sustainability.  Each year KDB implements an environmental stewardship activity within the community as a part DeKalb County’s EARTH DAY activities.

Great American Clean UpThrough the efforts of concerned citizens, this event continues to provide the greatest impact towards improving the health and aesthetic value of DeKalb County. For more information on how to participate in the Great American Clean up or this year's Earth Day activity, please contact the KDB office.

Compost Demonstration Day - May

KDB partners with the DeKalb County Extension Service and their Master Gardener Program to conduct a compost demonstration workshop. The demonstration workshop includes information on:

  • What goes in your 30-gallon brown, paper refuse bag,
  • How to make an indoor Worm Compost (Vermicomposting),
  • How to build a compost bin,
  • Master Gardener table with plants or seedlings,
  • Make your own terrariums,
  • How to grow your vegetables with compost,
  • The difference between Mulch and Compost, and information on soil sampling.

Organic materials represent 70 percent of materials landfilled each year and composting has proven an effective form of utilizing this resource.  Promoting the use of renewable resources in landscaping, horticulture and agriculture enhances community sustainability.
DeKalb County Sanitation Division offers the citizens of DeKalb free compost and mulch for pickup.  To locate the nearest compost/mulch pickup location, please visit the Sanitation Website. For more information on composting or upcoming events, please contact the KDB office.

Electronics Recycling Electronics Recycling

Keep DeKalb Beautiful offers residents of DeKalb County and metro Atlanta another opportunity to recycle their old electronic items properly and reduce the environmental liability of hazardous material entering Seminole Landfill.

It's estimated that there are at least 4.4 million PCs and 8 million Televisions in 3 million households in Georgia. This e-waste will eventually become 334,800 tons of e-waste that will end up in our landfills. We promote the recovery, reuse and recycling of obsolete electronic equipment, and to encourage the design, manufacture and purchase of environmentally responsible electronic equipment.

Electronics Recycling The KDB Program partners with community organizations to assist with the implementation and advertisement of electronics recycling events throughout the year. Additionally, there are two (2) permanent electronic recycling drop-off sites:

DeKalb County Seminole Road Landfill
4203 Clevemont Rd
Ellenwood, GA 30294

DeKalb County Sanitation Division
3643 Camp Circle
Decatur, GA 30032

To find out more about items accepted for recycling and hours of operation, please contact our office.

Rivers Alive

Rivers Alive - October

Rivers Alive is Georgia's annual volunteer waterway cleanup event that targets all waterways in the State including streams, rivers, lakes, beaches, and wetlands. The mission of Rivers Alive is to create awareness of and involvement in the preservation of Georgia's water resources.

Georgia's 70,150 miles of streams and rivers need your help! Our waterways provide us with fresh drinking water, great 2008 Rivers Alive Cleanup of Little Nancy Creek in Huntley Hills Park (Before)recreational opportunities like canoeing and fishing, and they serve as a pleasant respite from our busy day to day lives. Everyone contributes to pollution in our streams. This is your opportunity to help by giving something back to the environment!

Every October, KDB sponsors a Rivers Alive clean up on one of many DeKalb County stream reaches. Volunteers are needed to Huntley Hills Neighborhood Association Volunteersensure that this event is a success. To volunteer for our Rivers Alive event, contact the KDB office to inquire about this year's event location and date.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events (Biannual - Spring and Fall)

KDB is constantly striving to promote good environmental stewardship by providing a variety of events to better suit the needs of DeKalb County and its citizens. For that reason, KDB hosts Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events to offer County residents an opportunity to dispose of their household hazardous wastes properly.

Household hazardous waste is classified as products that contain potentially dangerous chemicals and are no longer used. These products should not be mixed with regular trash and can be potentially harmful to the environment if not disposed of properly.

DeKalb encourages residents to take advantage of this opportunity to clear their homes of unneeded or unused household hazardous waste and to help keep county landfills and the environment safe for everyone.

Events are held in the spring and the fall at the DeKalb County Central Transfer Station, 3720 Leroy Scott Drive in Decatur. Citizens who are unable to attend our events to dispose of the Household Hazardous wastes are encouraged to explore other environmentally sound disposal options. Click here for more details.

For a complete list of items accepted at the next KDB Household Hazardous Waste Collection event as well as a specific date and time, please contact our office.

America Recycles Day - November

America Recycles Day The goal of America Recycles Day (ARD) annual campaign is to encourage Americans to recycle and to buy recycled products. Since its inception in 1997, the ARD campaign has grown substantially. Last year, residents in every state of the nation participated in America Recycles Day and pledged to recycle. America Recycles Day is recognized on November 15th.

Last year, our shredding and recycling of 7.68 tons paper yielded environmental conservation savings of 53,380 gallons of water (annual water usage of 2 persons), 3 tons of CO2 eq (same as removing 1 car from the road for 6 months), 34,836 kilowatt hours of electricity (annual electricity requirements of 3 homes) and 184 mature trees!

Be sure to join us this year for America Recycles Day! For information on the KDB scheduled event, please contact our office.