Additional Requirements

Requirements for Garbage Receptacles

  • Garbage decals (stickers) are required on all trash cans (except for roll-carts distributed by the Athens-Clarke County Solid Waste Department) and are color coded to indicate your service level.
  • Overflow decals are required on all trash bags outside of the trash can. Overflow decals can be purchased at the Solid Waste Department office (725 Hancock Industrial Way) or at the water business office (124 E. Hancock Avenue) for $2 each. 
  • Garbage left outside of the can will not be collected unless it is bagged and tagged with an overflow decal.
  • Curbside trash cans and carts are only allowed to be on the curb from 6:00 PM the day before scheduled collection until 12:00 PM (noon) the day after collection. 
  • Cans and carts must be out of public view at all other times (as per Solid Waste Ordinance, Section 5-2-14).


Inclement Weather

  • Collection crews will pick up materials as normally scheduled unless it is unsafe for vehicles to drive on the streets. 
  • If streets are unsafe for our crews, collection will happen the following day.
  • Contact the Athens-Clarke County Solid Waste Department for additional information at 706-613-3501 ext. 0.


Items That Will Not Be Collected

  • Large, bulky items, such as furniture, carpets, sinks, appliances, and construction / renovation debris
  • Call the Solid Waste Department at 706-613-3501 ext. 0 to arrange for a special pick-up (fees apply). 
  • Fees for a special pick-up will be charged on a cost-of-service basis.


Grease Recycling

  • The Solid Waste Department/Recycling Division accepts five-gallon containers of old cooking grease from residents for proper disposal at the ACC CHaRM Facility (1005 College Ave).
  • Recycling grease at the CHaRM Facility is free for residents.
  • Visit Grease Recycling for more information.