Sanitation Engineering Services

Waste Disposal

Tybee City government, residents, and business people are cooperative partners in a mutual goal - to provide complete and efficient sanitation services to the community so that the Island's native beauty is preserved, the natural environment is protected, and the Island's ecological heritage is perpetuated for future generations, while providing for the needs of our citizens and of the visiting public who come to enjoy our Island beaches.

Tybee's barrier island environment prevents use of a landfill. However, there is a collection dumpster at Public Works, and recycling and trash pickup is provided for residents according to the schedules below via a contract with WastePro. Recycling pick-up occurs every Wednesday and replaces the small recycling bins with full-size, 96 gallon bins. Your recycling bin is marked by the circling dolphins that make up the Tybee Recycles logo, and the unmarked bin is to continue to be used for trash. On top of the recycling bin, there is also a sticker that shows the kinds of materials currently accepted for recycling purposes.

Effective April 1st, 2016, the City of Tybee Island has contracted with a new firm, Atlantic Waste. Below follows all the information about the new program. As further information becomes available, we will continue to flesh out this section of the site. For the month of March, our contract with WastePro persists, and you can find information about that program following the Atlantic Waste section.

Things to Remember

Atlantic Waste will be the new contractor starting Friday, April 1, 2016

City Council approved a base contract for the typical 2 times per week curbside service.

City Council also approved an addendum contract for a 1 time per week side door service on a 6 months trial basis - this is the contract that will be in effect to begin!
Tybee Recycling Map
The once a week side door service starts on April 1, 2016 - details are in development by Atlantic

Short-term rental properties that want an extra Saturday side-door pick up can contract directly with Atlantic for this service at a cost to them of $25/month/cart for a 6-month seasonal service. This is between Atlantic and the rental companies.

Routes for garbage, recycling and dry trash/bulky goods will change with Atlantic - they are in development by Atlantic.

Atlantic will pick up contractor yard waste at the curb, as long as it meets the standards for residential yard waste - no beaver dam piles of dry trash allowed


  • Yard waste such as leaves, yard clippings, straw and loose yard items will have to be in a compostable water-tight paper bag not a plastic bag and not weigh more than 50 pounds
  • Palm fronds, branches and other long yard waste must be tied into bundles for easy collection and stacked and placed adjacent to the street, road or alley for collection.
  • Heavy brush and tree branches can be no longer than 3 feet in length and 6 inches in diameter and be gathered into a pile no larger than 5 cubic yards
  • Yard waste contractor staff will have rakes on each truck to clean up small yard waste debris while collecting
  • Bulky goods such as appliances and furniture, not to exceed 100 pounds and 6 feet by 5 feet by 5 feet placed at the curbside will be collected. Additional items beyond those limits require scheduling with Atlantic and an additional charge directly to the customer.
  • Single Stream Recycling for both carts and the Atlantic Recycle Compactor - aluminum containers, steel cans, plastic containers (1-7), newspapers, magazines and related fibrous products, and cardboard that has been broken down to fit within the recycling cart. no pizza boxes (due to cheese grease on the tops) and no glass (the market for recycled glass has crashed. It may come back but for now, no glass).

Atlantic Waste Website

The information in the paragraphs below is from the Atlantic Waste website.

Welcome Residents of Tybee Island,
Atlantic Waste would like to thank you and your representatives for the opportunity to provide you with the highest quality waste and recycling service possible. We feel that we will be a significant upgrade from your former waste service provider. To give you some background, Atlantic Waste was started in Savannah, in 1998, by Ben and Burke Wall. We have grown to be the largest local owned waste hauling and collection company in the Coastal Empire through providing superior service, and we plan on providing Tybee Island the same excellent service. Our hope is that our website helps explain in detail what services we are providing and also what we ask from you, the Tybee Island residents.