International Compost Awareness Week

May 3-9, 2020ICAW 2020

Join Athens-Clarke County Solid Waste Department and our partners as we celebrate International Compost Awareness Week! Celebrated annually, ICAW, is designed to promote the benefits of composting and compost for effective resource management, soil health and plant growth. Traditionally, ICAW is promoted by holding group activities and events. However due to COVID-19, this year’s plans for ICAW have shifted toward using social media, Zoom, videos, emails and other creative ways for people to share the program’s message.

The events are organized locally by ACC Recycling Division, Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful, UGA Cooperative Extension, UGArden and the State Botanical Garden of Georgia.

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ALL WEEK: On Social Media

From storytimes to videos and more, be sure to follow us on social media for more composting fun!

Facebook: @accsolidwaste          Instagram: @accsolidwaste          Twitter: @accsolidwaste

Lunch & Listen- Compost Storytime
ACC Solid Waste staff and local community partners share their love of composting through children’s story books. From composters to Commissioners, don’t miss a good story! Then when you’re done eating, hopefully you’ll be inspired to compost! Every day at 12:00 PM 

Get Caught Composting!

Post your best photos getting caught in the act of composting or using compost! Be sure to tag your photo with @accsolidwaste and #caughtcompostinginGA, #composting, #icaw, #getcaughtcomposting. Also, check out our social media pages to see who else is composting in Athens.

ALL WEEK: No-Charge Residential Food Scrap Drop-Off Program

Residents can bring buckets of food scraps and other compostable material for no charge to be composted. For what can composted visit or email Bring to the following locations:

CHaRM (roll carts outside gate) 
1005 College Ave.
Athens, GA 30605
available 24 hours/  7 days a week 

Solid Waste Administrative Office (roll cart outside to the right of the entrance)
725 Hancock Industrial Way
Athens, Ga 30605
available 24 hours/ 7 days a week 

Athens-Clarke County Landfill
5700 Lexington Road
Monday-Friday: 8 AM-3 PM

ALL WEEK: KACCB Compost Book Donation

The Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful Board of Directors is proud to support the donation of a compost themed book for all  Athens-Clarke County Green School Libraries, Master Composters, and the ACC and Pinewoods Libraries. This year’s title is Grow Your Soil! by Diane Miessler, 2020.

ALL WEEK: Compost Bins for Sale

Ready to start composting at home? Earth Machine Compost bins are available from Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful for $52 (tax included).  You may purchase online using a credit card at will contact you to arrange for contact-free pick up when we receive your order.

Tuesday, May 5

Virtual facility tour of the ACC Composting Operations
With a growing interest in composting and reducing the environmental impact of doing business, commercial composting operations have expanded in Georgia and around the country. Come learn with ACC Solid Waste Program Education Specialist, Mason Towe, how ACC is handling compost on a large scale.
2:30 PM
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Wednesday, May 6

UGA Extension Virtual Green Thumb Lecture with Suki Janssen- Composting 101
Learn the basics of composting and how to get started with composting at home.
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
To register, visit     

Thursday, May 7

Composting Basics and Q&A with Lily Dabbs, 2020 UGArden Composting Intern
10-15 minute workshop/talk, 5-10 minute Q&A 
10:00 - 10:30 AM

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Friday, May 8

Coffee & Composting
Join us for a virtual session at Hendershot’s, to showcase their waste reduction efforts and use of compostable wares in the shop. There will also be a musical performance by ACC Program Education Specialist, Mason Towe and a special theatrical presentation from the ACC Solid Waste staff that you don’t want to miss.
2:30 PM
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Saturday, May 9

Free Kitchen Composter Giveway
The Athens Farmers Market will be reopening starting this Saturday, May 9th. Through our partnership with UGA Extension, we will be giving away free kitchen composters to the first 50 people to visit our table. You will also get a small sample bag of Classic City Compost. Come with your composting questions and grab some fresh, locally grown food. We’ll be at the Master Gardener and Master Composter table from 8am-12pm with bins while they last!
8 AM-12 PM
Bishop Park, 705 Sunset Drive, Athens GA

Free 18-gallon bins of compost at CHaRM (while supplies last) - Limit 1 per household
Bring your own shovel (or use one of our’s from the KACCB Toolshed, sanitized before each use)! Individuals will drive around the loop at the CHaRM to grab their 18-gallon recycling tote bin, bring it to one of the compost pile stations, and fill up their bin with a shovel.
9 AM-3 PM
1005 College Ave, Athens, GA