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A: Single stream recycling collection means that accepted recyclables in ACC can be collected mixed together in one container and collected by one truck. Primarily, we are looking for bottles, cans, containers, paper, and cardboard. This DOES NOT mean that trash is mixed with recyclables.
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A: For customers who live in the Urban Service District, it will be collected on the same day as garbage. If you are in the general service district, contact your private hauler for your pick-up schedule, as some private haulers have bi-weekly collection.
A: Bags and stretchy film plastic, like the bubble wrap and pillows that come in packages are not recyclable in your household recycling, but they can be taken to our Center for Hard to Recycle Materials (CHaRM) to be recycled separately. They can also be included in the grocery bag recycling bins at most grocery stores, just pop the air out and include it with your plastic bags.CHaRM is located at 1005 College Avenue. Please visit www.accgov.com/charm for the most updated hours and operations.NOTE: The reason that we can not accept stretchy film plastic such as bags, bubble wrap, and film pillows in the regular recycling is because they are considered "tanglers" in our recycling facility. They get caught and wrapped in the rotating machinery that sorts the materials, and can jam and break the machines. While these materials are technically "recyclable," they need to be processed separately for this reason.
A: We would prefer that recyclables be placed in the cart or dumpster loose, because bags cause processing issues and damage to the machinery within our facility. Please dump recyclables out of the bag into the cart or dumpster if your materials are already bagged. If absolutely necessary to bag your recyclables, you may use a clear trash bag only. NOTE: Plastic bags and any other kind of film plastic, stretch wrap, or packing bubbles should go to the Center for Hard to Recycle Materials (CHaRM) or back to your grocery store for specialized recycling.
A: Shredded paper needs to be handled separately from other recyclables. Smaller pieces of paper stick to other materials and/or blow around and make a mess. Shredded documents can be dropped off at the following locations:
All locations have a large dumpster labeled for shredded paper only. Shredded paper should be in a clear plastic bag, or a box.
Documents for shredding can be dropped off at the CHaRM during regular operating hours on Mondays and Wednesdays, 10am-7pm, or Saturdays, 8am-Noon. 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.
A: You can recycle batteries, light bulbs, and a long list of other items at the Center for Hard to Recycle Materials (CHaRM), located at 1005 College Avenue. Please visit accgov.com/charm for the most updated hours and operations.
A: Yes please, just make sure they’re not contaminated with food – no cheese, crusts, dipping sauce or those little peppers. If you have a box that is greasy on the bottom half, but perfectly clean on the top, rip it in half at the fold and recycle the clean part. We would rather have half the amount of material and clean, than the whole material but dirty.
A: Applaud yourself for being a super recycler! Then, put any extra recyclables in a container clearly marked “RECYCLABLES”, preferably a box. If you must bag them, make sure the bag is CLEAR so it is not confused as trash. Overflow trash costs, make sure collection crews know it is recyclables and not trash.
A: Film/stretch plastic (which is what we call bags and wraps) is made to stretch. When bags/wraps come through the recycling facility sorting process they often wrap around conveyor belt rollers, potentially causing thousands of dollars in damage to the equipment.
A: Clean and empty, rigid plastic containers such as cups, bottles, jugs, food trays, tubs, toys, buckets, and bins are accepted in the regular recycling. For a more detailed list and photos, visit accgov.com/recycle or email email@example.comWe do NOT accept stretchy or flexible plastics such as bags, wraps, bubble packaging, Styrofoam, chip bags or snack wrappers. Disposable plates and cutlery are also NOT recyclable.Styrofoam and stretchy plastic (bags, wraps, etc) can be recycled separately at the Center for Hard to Recycle Materials (CHaRM). CHaRM is located at 1005 College Avenue. Please visit accgov.com/charm for the most updated hours and operations.Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
A:Plastic lid on plastic container: Yes. Empty and rinse container and place the cap or lid back on the container.Metal lid on glass container: No, please remove lid before recycling.Plastic lid on glass container: No, please remove lid and dispose of before recycling.Lids and pop-tops are also accepted as a donation at our Teacher Reuse Store for arts and crafts reuse. Teacher Reuse Store is located at our CHaRM facility, at 1005 College Avenue.
A: Pay-As-You-Throw (PAYT) (also called unit pricing, variable rate pricing, user-pay or volume based garbage systems) is a usage-pricing model for disposing of municipal solid waste. Athens solid waste service providers (both public and private) provide the following trash container sizes with appropriate rate differential between each level of service provided. •20/25 gallon container; base rate •30/35 gallon container; 10% minimum increase over 20/25 gallon container •60/65 gallon container; 20% minimum increase over 30/35 gallon container •90/95 gallon container; 30% minimum increase over 60/65 gallon container •Higher generators of garbage with combination bins; service fee should be higher than the 90/95 gallon container price and set by franchised solid waste service provider. If you are an avid recycler, we added the 20/25 gallon trash roll-cart just for you! Contact your hauler today and ask about this cart size. NOTE: The 20/25 gallon trash roll-cart will need to be provided by you, the customer and can be purchased at Lowe’s or Home Depot. The ACC Solid Waste Department will provide a sticker to indicate the 20/25 gallon size.
A: Most feed bags for pets and livestock are made of woven Polypropylene plastic (PP, or #5 plastic) and often carry the recycling symbol, but are NOT recyclable. While we accept #5 cups and containers, we cannot accept the #5 bags, for the same reason we cannot accept any film plastic bag, shrink-wrap, bubble-wrap etc. - when processed, the stretchy plastic gets wrapped around the sorting equipment. Even paper feed bags usually have a plastic liner that makes them unrecyclable in the Athens single-stream process. The only large bags we can process are those made ONLY of paper, like a charcoal bag or empty lawn/leaf refuse bag. If your large bag tears easily with no stretching, it can be included for recycling.
A: In many communities, a Waste Minimization, Education or Franchise Fees are fees levied upon solid waste service providers (both public and private) to help defray the cost of the waste reduction programs in their community. Regardless of the name, these fees are typically used to help local governments fund waste reduction infrastructure and education. The ACCUG Waste Minimization Fee was approved in Oct., 2011 and is used to defray costs associated with program management of the waste reduction goals approved by the Mayor and Commission. The ACCUG Waste Minimization Fee is collected quarterly from the franchised solid waste service providers, both public and private, in the USD and GSD for both residential and commercial customers. The fee is $0.60/month/residential unit and $1.60/month/commercial entity and is shown as a separate line item on the garbage bill.