I operate a small business that doesn’t generate much trash or recyclables. What I do generate I take home with me and use my residential collection service. Does the ordinance apply to me?

Yes. Businesses that are run from your primary residence are exempt, but otherwise businesses must submit a plan that ensures compliance with the ordinance. It is perfectly acceptable to take your collected trash and recyclables home with you, or take you recyclables to any of the 9 convenient centers located throughout Athens-Clarke County. However, these activities should be documented on the Recycling Plan Form.

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1. Do I have to buy an official recycling bin to collect recyclable material inside my business?
2. Do you expect me to root around in the garbage after my customers and pull out recyclable material?
3. I live in a condominium; does my property manager have to comply with this ordinance or do I?
4. I operate a small business that doesn’t generate much trash or recyclables. What I do generate I take home with me and use my residential collection service. Does the ordinance apply to me?
5. I run a small business out of my home. Does this ordinance apply to me?
6. If the county is making me provide recycling containers, why won’t they pay for them?
7. My office is in a building with multiple other business offices. I don’t pay a trash bill; does this ordinance apply to me?
8. My spouse and I each run a separate business out of the same address; do we need two different plans?
9. So I have to provide recycling collection at my business. Where do I start?
10. We’re a church. Does this ordinance apply to us?
11. What resources are available to help me comply with the ordinance?