Sanitation & Recycling

The City of Athens contracts with an outside waste management company for solid waste collection and recycling. Everyone within the city limits is required to have garbage collection. 

Most trash , when properly bundled and/or contained properly, can be disposed of at curbside with your regular garbage service days. If assistance is needed or you have questions for the city, please do not hesitate to contact us. For questions specific to trash or recycling pick up, please call the waste management company directly.

Frequently Asked Questions

What items can we recycle?

List of recycling items

Below is a list of acceptable and unacceptable recycling items.
Acceptable Recycling Items
Paper Products:
• Newspaper
• Mixed color paper
• Cardboard
• Junk mail
• Magazines
• Telephone books
• Paper bags
• Cereal & food boxes
• Egg cartons
• Shoe boxes
Plastic Containers:
• Bottles & Containers
• Plastic milk containers
• Detergent containers
Glass Containers:
• Clear, brown & green food/beverage containers (with lids removed)
Metal Containers:
• Aluminum cans
• Steel cans
• Tin cans
• Food cans
• Empty aerosol cans
• Pie tins
Non-Acceptable Recycling Items
• Hazardous waste
• Yard waste
• Electronics
• Carpet
• Food waste
• Window glass
• Diapers
• Mirrors
• Ceramics
• Clothing
• Napkins
• Plastic bags
• Tissue paper
• Light bulbs
• Wood
• Liquids