Event Recycling & Composting

On December 12, 2019, Mayor and Commission updated the Material Management Policy for all Athens-Clarke County Unified Government Buildings and Facilities and Public Spaces. All events sponsored or held by the Unified Government or permitted by the Unified Government through a special events permit must provide or arrange for recycling collection services. In addition, all events sponsored or held by the Unified Government or permitted by the Unified Government through a special events permit with two or more food and/or beverage vendors must use reusable, recyclable or compostable materials for any single-use items.

Exceptions Include:

  • Individually professionally pre-packaged food items (e.g., candy bars, popsicles, or bags of chips) 
  • Cups (and their accompanying lids) used for free-draining liquid beverages (e.g., water, soda, juice, beer) that are made from materials included on the Targeted Material List

Collection ContainersEvent Recycling Bins

The Recycling Division offers event recycling and composting containers for no charge. Recycling bags are included at no charge but composting bags required a fee of $5 per bag. Event containers may be requested through our Zero Waste Kit online registration. If you require delivery of collection containers, they may be delivered for a $35 flat fee. Please request delivery by emailing recycle@accgov.com.

Resources

The Recycling Division offers several resources to help your waste reduction program to be successful including:

  • Event recycling and composting training
  • List of online resources for purchasing compostable wares. 
  • Customizable signage for your bins

Please email recycle@accgov.com for training requests or information on compostable wares.

Solid Waste Services

The Solid Waste Department can assist you with the collection of your scrap materials during your event. We can provide collection containers as well as service them during your event. Please email recycle@accgov.com for more information.

Zero Waste Kits

As well as offering event recycling and composting bins, we also offer Zero Waste Kits. You can request a kit to include items such as reusable plates, wares, cups, napkins, and more for you to borrow for any event, in order to reduce the need for disposables and send less stuff to the landfill. Click here to submit a request for use of our recycling bins or reusable wares!