Solid Waste

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In celebration of National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month in October, the ACC Solid Waste Department is spreading the recycled pet message by assisting our local ACC Animal Services with the Second Annual PAWS for Recycling Week, Oct. 7th – Oct. 13th!

ACC Solid Waste Department will be collecting the following donations for ACC Animal Services:

  • Canned dog food and cat food with a pull tab (small and large)
  • Non-clumping cat litter
  • Cat litter scoop
  • Dry unopened puppy food and kitten food
  • Dry unopened cat food and dog food
  • Munchy sticks
  • Treats - Eukanuba® and Beggin' Strips® are preferred over Milk-Bones® or bland treats
  • Gently used towels, small blankets, sheets, cloths, and/or thick fleece (less than 4’ x 6’ in size)
  • Dog & Cat Toys (ping pong balls, Frisbees, Kongs, Puzzle Feeders, etc.)

Materials can be dropped off at the ACC Solid Waste Department (725 Hancock Industrial Way), ACC Landfill (5700 Lexington Rd) or the CHaRM-Center for Hard to Recycle Materials (1005 College Ave).

The goal is to divert at least 75 gently used blankets and/or gently used towels from the landfill to ACC Animal Services.

Join us on Facebook as shelter dogs AND cats interact with ACC Solid Waste Department staff all through next week. Please consider providing a shelter pet with a recycled home!

Thanks to many of you, last year we collected the following during the 2018 PAWS for Recycling Week:

  • 43 blankets
  • 82 towels
  • 13 rugs/rags
  • 58 cans of cat food
  • 8 bags of cat food
  • 13 cans of dog food
  • 10 bags of dog food

We would like to exceed the collection numbers this year!!!!

Thanks for helping us Paws for Recycling!


The Solid Waste Department provides collection and disposal services that meet or exceed state standards and are responsive to the health and sanitary needs of our community. The department accomplishes this while maintaining a competitive cost of services for our customers and the community as a whole.


After more than 70 years on College Avenue, the Athens-Clarke County Solid Waste Department has moved to our new facilities at 725 Hancock Industrial Way. The new facility was built to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards and received the first Athens-Clarke County LEED Gold building certification.


Some of the innovative features include a geothermal heat pump, rain water cistern for irrigation and toilets, extensive use of natural light, porous pavement, and the use of recycled materials throughout the facility. A new vehicle wash system minimizes water use by recirculating and treating the wash water and bio-retention ponds minimize the impacts of any stormwater runoff. The Solid Waste Department has always tried to be a leader in green initiatives in our community and believes these new facilities continue to show that leadership.

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