Girl Scout Troop 15506 of Dunwoody recently took a survey of friends and neighbors recording who recycles and whether they recycle correctly. 

We did this because more than 40 percent of DeKalb County does not recycle. The county is trying to get 60 percent of households to recycle by 2020, and we want to help.

It was surprising to see how many people recycled incorrectly. Did you know that you can’t recycle plastic bags, Styrofoam, and glass? Our research showed that 73 percent of households recycle plastic bags and glass, and 38 percent of people recycle Styrofoam, despite those items not being accepted by DeKalb Sanitation. 

Want to start recycling? New recycling subscribers can receive a complimentary 35-gallon roll cart, or, for a $15 fee, a 65-gallon roll cart. Residents can subscribe to the recycling program online at or can mail the sign-up form ( to the Sanitation Division’s administrative office, 3720 Leroy Scott Drive, Decatur, GA 30032.

Thank you for joining the effort to recycle in Dekalb County!

— Troop 15506: Lydia Bizzell, Emily Friedenberg, Evelyn Grace Hyde, Mariah O’Connor, Sophia Powell, Sarah Siegel, Troop Leaders: Sarah Powell and Lauren Bizzell


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