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If it is in clear bags that are clearly marked "RECYCLABLES", then it will be collected. If in black or white bags, they will be mistaken for trash and you will be charged additional collection fees. The preferred method for extra recycles is loose in another bin or cart.
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If Athens-Clarke County Solid Waste is your collector, call the main office at 706-613-3501, Press 5. Otherwise, contact your private collector directly.
A collection bin is located at the following locations:
No, all batteries (alkaline and rechargeable) can be recycled at the CHaRM (1005 College Ave.) Tuesday & Wednesday 10 AM - 7 PM. For large quantities, fees may apply.
The CHaRM (1005 College Ave.) accepts these bulbs Tuesday & Wednesday 10 AM - 7 PM. They are also recycled at The Home Depot and Lowe’s. For large quantities, fees may apply.
Yes, egg cartons, meat trays, and block styrofoam found around many items can be taken to Publix Supermarket. There are bins out front for small items; larger pieces can be taken to the Customer Service Desk.
We also accept styrofoam at CHaRM (1005 College Ave.) Tuesday & Wednesday 10 AM - 7 PM.
No, the bags pose a litter issue and become contaminated when mixed with other plastics that can drip (like soda cans or vegetable cans). Take bags back to any area Publix, Kroger, Piggly Wiggly, EarthFare, Walmart, Target, Ingles, Daily Co-Op, or the Athens-Clarke County Recycling Facility.
You can take old televisions to the CHaRM (1005 College Ave) Tuesday & Wednesday 10 AM - 7 PM. More information at accgov.com/charm. Fees may vary.
No, take these broken items to the Athens-Clarke County Landfill Electronics section for free. You can also take those items to the CHaRM (1005 College Ave) Tuesday & Wednesday 10 AM - 7 PM. More information at accgov.com/charm. For large quantities, fees may apply.
Shredded paper cannot be collected at the curb or at any drop-off sites. It is too small for the single-stream processing facility equipment to sort and the pieces get wet and stick to the glass bottles and/or jars. Shredded paper needs to be handled separately from other recyclables. Shredded documents can be dropped off in paper bags, boxes or clear plastic bags for recycling at the following locations:
All locations have a large dumpster labeled for shredded paper only.
Documents for shredding can be dropped off at the CHaRM. Please see the CHaRM website for hours and fees, http://accgov.com/charm. We store the documents in locked, secure roll carts within the CHaRM. Lindsay Group’s mobile document shredding units come by the CHaRM on a regular basis to destroy the documents and transport them to the recycling facility for proper recycling. There is a charge of $2.00 for each Bankers-size box of documents to be shredded.
Hard Drives can also be dropped off for destruction for $10 each, or can be donated to FREE IT Athens, a local non-profit, who will wipe the hard drive for secure reuse in their refurbishing operations.