Recycling & Waste Reduction

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 

NEW Glass Bottle Reduction Programbeer can and draft

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

Georgia Master Composter PrograMaster-Composter-Logo

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. 


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.

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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