The Athens-Clarke County Solid Waste Department offers drop-off for food scraps and compostable products (paper plates, napkins, clamshells) for composting. This program offers the public the opportunity to divert their compostable material from the trash and turn it into beneficial, beautiful compost.
No charge for Athens-Clarke County residents
Compostable material must be loose or in a compostable bag
Anything that was once alive can be compost. More information below
CHaRM 1005 College Ave. Athens, GA 30605 Roll carts are located outside the gate off Cleveland Ave Available 24/7
Solid Waste Administrative Office 725 Hancock Industrial Way Athens, Ga 30605 Roll cart located outside to the right of the entrance Available 24/7
Athens-Clarke County Landfill 5700 Lexington Road Winterville, GA 30683 Mon-Fri 7:30 AM-4:30 PM Sat 7:30 AM-3 PM
Athens-Clarke County Extension Office 275 Cleveland Rd Bogart, GA 30622 Roll cart located at the storage building Available 24/7
Athens Farmers Market Bishop Park, 705 Sunset Drive Roll cart at Master Composter Tent Saturdays: 8 AM to 12 PM noon (March 24th–Dec 15th)
*TEMPORARILY ON HOLD*- Winterville Recycling Drop Site Corner of Church and Parkview streets Roll cart located beside 'No Dumping' signs Available 24/7
What goes in the compost cart?
Anything that used to be alive. Really.
Food scraps, including meat, cheese, yogurt
Dirty paper – Pizza boxes, paper plates, paper napkins
Cardboard, sandwich wrapping paper
Compostables can even include hair, vacuum ‘dirt,’ laundry dryer lint, beverages, spoiled meat, rotten fruit/vegetables
NOT these items:
Plastics that are not BPI certified
Paper cups (NEW - Paper cups and clean, empty paper containers are now accepted in mixed recycling collection.)
Just the food – not the containers (no Styrofoam or plastics)
Harsh cleaning agents (paper towels used with bleach, etc.)
Are your wares actually compostable? Check with BPI before purchasing!
Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) Certification
www.bpiworld.org The BPI is a non-profit association with the largest certification program for compostable products and packaging in North America. Their compostable logo verifies that products and packaging have been independently tested and verified according to scientifically based standards. BPI promotes best practices for the diversion and recovery of compostable materials through municipal and commercial composting.