Gas, water, and wastewater. Decatur Utilities, a city-owned and operated utility on Central Parkway Southwest, provides service for Decatur. A deposit is required for standard residential service. Phone (256) 552-1400. Joe Wheeler Electric Membership Corp., at North Sparkman Street in Hartselle, also supplies electricity to some outlying areas of Decatur. Offices are in East Morgan, (256) 778-9303, Hartselle, (256) 773-2515, and Moulton, (256) 974-0631.
AT&T provides service for the Decatur area. For information, refer to the customer guide in the telephone directory or call (256) 557-6500. Cellular telephone service for the area is provided by AT&T, Corr Wireless, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon.
HOUSEHOLD GARBAGE AND TRASH:
The Decatur Public Works Department provides household garbage pickup once a week through the Sanitation Department. There is a monthly fee included on the Decatur Utilities electric bill. Garbage should be placed in carts provided by the City. Bulky trash such as boxes, discarded appliances, and limbs are generally picked up on same day and in the same location as garbage but on a two-week schedule. There are, however, a few areas where garbage collection is on the street but trash is picked up at the alley. It is illegal to burn trash and leaves within the city limits. Yard waste should be separated because it is recycled. Decatur has an award-winning recycling program.
The Sanitation Department also provides service to some small businesses which meet location and quantity requirements. Businesses which generate larger volumes of solid waste are required to contract their needs with a private waste hauler. Call Public Works for more information at (256) 341-4740.
A private contractor picks up certain recyclable materials, including types of glass, plastic and metal containers, newspapers, batteries, oil once a week. A special container is provided. There is no curbside recycling for apartment dwellers, but five drop-off sites are located throughout the city. There is no fee. For information, call (256) 341-4740. Commercial recycling is available from private contractors. The city also has a program for recycling Christmas trees and telephone directories. For additional information, call Decatur Recycling Hotline - (256) 353-7070, or the recycling department, (256) 341-4771