Governments of Floyd County and City of Rome, GA

City of Rome Rules and Procedures for Residential Solid Waste Collection and Recycling Services


By Kristi Kent

The City of Rome strives to consistently provide outstanding public services for citizens and would like to remind the public the standard rules and operating procedures for residential solid waste collection and recycling services to help keep the City clean.

The City of Rome provides curbside service for garbage, recycling, yard waste and trash collections. The City operates on a 4-day collection schedule, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. All items should be placed at the curbside by 7 a.m. on the scheduled collection day and removed from the street on the same day of collection.

Residents select from standard City provided containers for household garbage and yard waste. The monthly charge will be included on the resident’s utility bill. All carts provided by the City stay with the residence. If a resident moves to another location, all carts should be left with the household.

The City does not collect contractor materials; this includes all garbage and yard waste from tree contractors, landscape companies, home repair services, resident evictions and property tenant move outs.

Holiday schedules for residential solid waste collection and recycling services are announced on the City of Rome Facebook page at: and on the Rome Solid Waste web page located under the “For Residents” tab on


The City of Rome provides each resident with a 65-gallon recycling cart. Items do not have to be sorted in the cart. Before placing items in cart, empty all contents and rinse. Items placed in the recycling cart cannot be placed in plastic bags.

The City of Rome collects the following items for recycling:

• #1 and #2 Plastics (Includes soda bottles, milk jugs, and detergent containers.)
• Aluminum and Tin Cans
• Newspapers and Magazines
• Paperboard (Includes cereal boxes, gift boxes, shoeboxes, clean TV dinner boxes, and corrugated cardboard.) Please remove all liners and flatten.
• Junk Mail

The City of Rome does not collect the following items curbside: tires, hazardous waste, refrigerators, air conditioners, stumps, rocks, dirt, burned materials, plastic bags, and glass of any kind. Unacceptable materials or garbage left in a recycling cart will result in a cart not being serviced or penalties.

Household Garbage

The City of Rome provides each resident with a 65-gallon or 95-gallon garbage cart. All garbage must be contained in the size cart subscribed by the resident. Additional bags may not be left outside or on top of the cart. Instead, residents may choose to subscribe to multiple or larger garbage carts.


Small items of junk like small appliances and small broken toys should be placed in the household garbage cart for collection. Larger items like furniture and water heaters should be placed at the curb for collection. Items should not exceed 500 pounds or 4 cubic yards.

Yard Waste

Residents have two options for yard waste pick-up, curbside pick-up for small debris and roadside pick-up for large debris. For curbside pick-up, 95-gallon yard waste carts are serviced weekly to collect yard debris including grass clippings, weeds, pine straw, and small tree limbs.

Large debris is defined as debris that will not fit into a yard cart, but is not to exceed 500 pounds or 4 cubic yards. Tree limbs should not exceed 8 feet in length or 200 pounds in weight.

Under normal circumstances, roadside pick-up for larger debris is picked up once during a 4-week cycle. The 4-week collection cycle may be adjusted as needed for holidays.

Both yard waste carts and roadside yard waste pick-up services are not available during holiday periods to help ensure that all household garbage and recycling can be collected.

Residential yard waste services are included in the monthly cost of residential solid waste services. Lawn service companies are responsible to haul off yard waste.

The Solid Waste Collections Department strives to provide fair services for all residents living within the city limits, while simultaneously maintaining an optimal City operation. Understanding the City’s functions within the regulations of its operation helps keep our community clean.

For city residents who have questions related to City of Rome Residential Solid Waste Collections or Recycling Services, contact City of Rome Solid Waste at 706-236-4580.

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