Recycling & Waste Reduction


Georgia Master Composter Program

If you enjoy working with people, digging in the dirt and talking “trash,” the Georgia Master Composter Program is for you! Established in 2011, the program is both an adult education course and UGA Extension volunteer program.

Through this comprehensive training, you will learn the chemistry and microbiology of composting, types of composting systems, reasons for composting, backyard composting techniques and teaching tools. After the course, you will join other Georgia Master Composter Extension Volunteers in teaching your family, friends and community how to compost!


• Consent to a background screening (UGA volunteer requirement).

• Complete classes, attend field trip and present a final project.

• Volunteer a minimum of 40 hours within the first year and 20 hours each year thereafter to retain status. Volunteer activities may include staffing informational booths at public education events, assisting with compost workshops, and giving presentations.


• “What a great program. I am so excited to do my volunteering.”

• “You told me I would get a lot for my money, and I totally agree! [The program is] a great investment!”

• “I learned so much more than I expected! I really enjoyed it!”

• “Thank you for helping me restore a love for my yard again.”


2019 PROGRAM CLASS DATES: Wednesday evenings, February 20 - April 24

TIME: 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

FIELD TRIP: Saturday, March 23

LOCATION: Athens-Clarke County Solid Waste Department Training Room, 725 Hancock Industrial Way, Athens, GA 30605

COST: $200


For more information or an application call ACC Extension at 706-613-3640 or email or

Apply here: Master Composter 2019 Application

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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