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 Containers

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 joe.dunlop@accgov.com.

Resources

The Recycling Division offers event recycling and composting training. We can also provide a list of online resources for purchasing compostable wares. 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 joe.dunlop@accgov.com for more information.