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The City Commission will be considering revisions to the City’s tree canopy conservation ordinance in the coming months. Changes under review will include additional protection for trees located on single-family residential, townhome and multiple-family residential properties and new requirements for commercial developments.

Among the significant changes under consideration are a requirement for a pre-permit conference with the City arborist at the start of the building permit process, additional protection of higher-value trees during development and more aggressive enforcement.  Many participants in the 2020 Strategic Planning process have expressed concern about the City’s tree canopy and its importance in mitigating the impacts of climate change, the urban heat island effect and global warming.

More information is available at Decatur Tree Canopy Conservation Ordinance Update.

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Bring One for the Chipper! Now through Saturday, Jan. 12, Decatur residents may drop off live Christmas trees during the annual tree recycling event at Decatur Legacy Park (former Children’s Home), 500 S. Columbia Dr. Look for signs indicating the drop-off area to the right of the chapel. Please do not leave Christmas trees anywhere else on the Decatur Legacy Park property.
All ornaments, stands, and lights should be removed from trees before drop off.

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This is a reminder that all city offices are closed for the Christmas holiday, Monday, Dec. 24 and Tuesday, Dec 25; and for the New Year’s holiday, Monday, Dec. 31 and Tuesday, Jan. 1.

Decatur Recreation Center and Ebster Recreation Center will be closed from December 24 through January 1, and will reopen on January 2, 2019. The gym floors will be redone over the break.

The Oakhurst Indoor Pool holiday schedule is here.


Solid Waste and Recycling Services Holiday Schedule

Christmas Holiday, Monday, Dec. 24 and Tuesday, Dec. 25

Regular services for Mon., Dec. 24 will be on Wed., Dec. 26

Regular services for Tues., Dec. 25 will be on Thurs., Dec. 27

Regular services for Thurs., Dec. 27 will be on Fri., Dec. 28

New Year’s Holiday, Monday, Dec. 31 and Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019

Regular services for Mon., Dec. 31 will be on Wed., Jan. 2

Regular services for Tues., Jan. 1 will be on Thurs., Jan. 3

Regular services for Thurs. Jan. 3 will be on Fri., Jan. 4

Friday services will be unchanged

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Electronics Recycling Day is this Saturday, Oct. 20, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Decatur Public Works, 2635 Talley St. Recycle electronic equipment, Styrofoam, and shred sensitive documents, too!


See full guidelines for recyclable items at decaturga.com/electronicsrecycling.

Public works will recycle just about any electronics equipment you have in your attic, basement, closet or office. See decaturga.com/electronicsrecycling for a list, and for answers to frequently asked questions. Recycle your Styrofoam as well and safely shred and recycle your sensitive documents all in one place. It’s simple and convenient. Just drive through and drop off your recyclables 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (Sorry, early drop-offs are not possible.)


Paper shredding

AAA Security Shredding provides secure on-site document shredding, and all shredded documents will be 100 percent recycled. These items cannot be shredded: Cardboard, glass, plastic, magazines, napkins, newspapers, paper cups and plates, plastic or spiralbound notebooks, phonebooks, binders, and trash.

Styrofoam recycling

  • Make sure foam has the “6” symbol on it
  • Rinse and separate food service containers from other foam
  • No straws, lids, tape or stickers
  • No foam peanuts or insulation material


NOTE: Fee required to recycle cathode ray tube equipment (exact change only): Monitors $5; TVs $10

Since we started in 2005, we’ve diverted more than 1,000,000 pounds of electronics from landfills. Contact Sean Woodson, 404-377-5571, or sean.woodson@decaturga.com for more information and last-minute updates, or visit decaturga.com/electronicsrecycling.


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Walk and talk stormwater tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 18, 8-10 a.m. Meet up at Oakhurst Park (307 Feld Ave.) with representatives from the city and our Stormwater Master Plan consultant team for a stormwater walking tour through Oakhurst neighborhood. Take a look at real-world effects of rain and runoff in our community, discuss successes, envision future solutions, and get some fresh air while you’re at it. After a great kick-off session earlier this month, the City of Decatur wants to keep the conversation going and bring innovation and community input to our new stormwater masterplan. So, step up! – we want to hear from you. 

This tour provides an additional weekday morning opportunity for community members to contribute to the conversation. Follow along with Decatur’s Stormwater Master Plan initiative and add to our stormwater Wikimap at decaturnext.com/stormwater

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Beginning July 2, the City of Decatur Sanitation department will be collecting comingled and glass recycling. We will no longer be using a private contractor to provide this service.

What does this mean for you?

Your recycling collection will remain on the same day as your scheduled sanitation day. Please continue to separate your glass recycling from the comingled recyclables. See below for what can and cannot be recycled.

Potential Impacts

While your collection day remains the same, the time when your recycling is collected may change.  . Please be patient during the transition period. If your recycling has not been picked up by 3:30 pm on your recycling collection day, please contact the Public Works Department at 404-377-5571 or sanitation@decaturga.com.

Glass Recycling Bins

All glass must now be placed in a red recycling bin. You may use your existing red bin or request one by contacting the Public Works Department at 404-377-5571 or sanitation@decaturga.com.

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Electronic Recycling

Mark your calendars for the Fall Electronics Recycling event. Gather your old electronics, documents and even styrofoam to be recycled and shredded.

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017  (9 am to 1 pm)

LOCATION: Decatur Public Works, 2635 Talley St. (Enter from Columbia Drive)

Recyclables must be dropped off during the hours of the event. Early drop-offs are not possible.

The fee for recycling cathode ray tube (CRT) TVs is $10 per TV set, and the fee for CRT monitors is $5 ea. Cash only, exact change required.

There is no charge to recycle other items. Any metro area resident can participate.

Visit the Electronics Recycling page to get a complete list of acceptable electronics, foam recycling and shredding guidelines.  Have additional questions? Contact Sean Woodson, solid waste superintendent, 404-377-5571.

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Decatur Public Facilities Authority Now Officially Owns The Approximately 77 Acre Property

 On August 16, 2017 the sale of approximately 77 acres of property owned by the United Methodist Children’s Home of the North Georgia Conference to the Decatur Public Facilities Authority was completed. The process of acquiring the property took almost nine months and was made possible through the cooperation and support of many people and agencies.

City of Decatur Mayor Patti Garrett said, “We appreciate all of the assistance we have received in making this project a success. We have had a wonderful working relationship with the Board, staff and others affiliated with the UMCH.” She added, “All of this would not have been possible without the help of Georgia General Assembly, particularly Senator Elena Parent and Representatives Drenner, Mosby, Oliver and Shannon who were instrumental in establishing the Decatur Public Facilities Authority.”

“This property acquisition is an exciting legacy opportunity for the City of Decatur and the Decatur Public Facilities Authority has been glad to assist in making this happen,” said Authority Chair Meredith Struby. Ms. Struby noted that “the community support for this project has been exciting and through late fall, 2017 the United Methodist Children’s Home will be transitioning to a new location in Tucker.

City Manager Peggy Merriss stated, “There are facilities on the property which will be used by the City to meet the current demand for Active Living programming, including significant upgrades to the playing fields.”   Ms. Merriss thanked the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority for their assistance is securing a very low interest loan that allowed for more than 22 acres of the property to be dedicated for use as permanently protected conservation area.

In January, 2018 the City will begin a community-based master planning effort to determine the future use of the property.

Chair of the City of Decatur Public Facilities Authority Board Meredith Strunk signs the closing documents purchasing the UMCH property. Assistant City Manager Andrea Arnold who serves as Secretary/Treasurer of the PFA and Hutch Moore, closing attorney join her.

Chair of the City of Decatur Public Facilities Authority Board Meredith Struby signs the closing documents purchasing the UMCH property. Assistant City Manager Andrea Arnold who serves as Secretary/Treasurer of the PFA and Hutch Moore, closing attorney join her.

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Reminder: the City of Decatur is hosting Neighborhood Clean-up Days on Saturdays in March and April, to allow residents to dispose of bulky materials that would not normally be placed in pay-as-you-throw bags. Every street in the City has been assigned to one Saturday. Visit the Neighborhood Cleanup Days page on the city website for detailed instructions and specified dates for each street.

Collection for March 11 will take place in the following neighborhood:

Lenox Place –
Greenwood Circle
W Howard (300 to 900 Block)
Patillo Way Eastlake Drive (2300 Block)
Atlanta Avenue
Hibernia Avenue
Ridley Lane
Adair Street
Cottonwood Place
Emerson Avenue
West Ponce de Leon Avenue (600 to 900 Block)
Drexel Avenue
Devonshire Avenue
Hampshire Avenue
Lansdowne Avenue
Melrose Avenue
Chief Matthews Drive
East Parkwood Road
West Parkwood Road
Upland Road
Wimberley Court
Parkwood Lane
Pinetree Drive
Scott Boulevard (100 to 700 Block)
Swanton Hills Subdivision

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.

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Where: Scott Park (behind the recreation center), 231 Sycamore St., Decatur, GA 30030

When: Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017

Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Join us on February 18th to learn about trees, talk to arborists, and help plant trees. You’ll have a chance to meet the City of Decatur’s new Landscape Infrastructure Coordinator/Arborist Kay Evanovich. Other area arborists will also be there to talk about trees with residents. And best of all, residents will be able to take home a free tree seedling!

This year, the City of Decatur is giving away 100 trees on a first come first served basis per household. There are 50 Catalpa trees and 50 Redbud available.

We hope to see you there!

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