Recycling & Waste Reduction


America Recycles Day is Nov. 15th

Since 1997, communities across the country have come together on November 15 to celebrate America Recycles Day. It is one day to educate and motivate. One day to get our neighbors, friends and community leaders excited about what can be accomplished when we all work together. One day to make recycling bigger and better 365 days a year. Get involved! For general information and resources, visit

At Athens-Clarke County Recycling Division we aren't just celebrating one day, we are celebrating all week. Check out our calendar of events here:

We want your used mattressesWe are now accepting mattresses and box springs for recycling at CHaRM and the landfill. Please help us reduce waste and reduce illegal dumping in Athens by bringing your mattresses and box springs to CHaRM or the landfill. There is a $10 fee for each mattress or box spring. Mattresses can be dirty, but must be intact and dry. Questions? 706-613-3512 or 

Athens-Clarke County Recycling Division

Our mission is to educate the public about the importance of waste reduction to the Athens-Clarke County community and implement a comprehensive, waste reduction plan that will reduce landfill disposal of solid waste as follows:

  • 40% by 2015   --  Goal Achieved @ 45% Diversion Rate in 2015

  • 60% by 2018   --  We need your help! Dropped to 38% Diversion in 2017 Rethink materials, Reduce consumption, Reuse products, Recycle right!

  • 75% by 2020

The Mayor and Commission approved the Waste Diversion Goals on November 3, 2010.

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NEW Glass Bottle Reduction Program

Bars and restaurants in the Central Business District can switch from bottles to cans and/or draft and save up to $500 on their beer license.   LEARN MORE

Green Bag

For questions, concerns, or to request one of our famous green recycling tote bags (we like our recyclables loose!) please contact the ACC Recycling Division:

Keep the F-Words out of your recycling bin

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