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City of Athens and Utilities
Thursday September 9th, 2021 :: 11:39 a.m. CDT


Curbside recycling restarts Oct. 4; last day to have household garbage in blue bins Sept. 24; please only place accepted items in blue bin

Curbside recycling will return to Athens on Monday, Oct. 4.
Sanitation Director Earl Glaze said the last day sanitation crews will pick up the blue recycling bins with household garbage is Friday, Sept. 24. After that date, blue bins should contain accepted recycling products only.
The regular recycling schedule will resume. Those who live west of U.S. 31 will have recycling on the first and third Mondays, and those who live east of U.S. 31 on the second and fourth Mondays. Please have bins to the curb by 6 a.m.
The City of Decatur serves as vendor for recycling and has a list of accepted items. In order for Athens to continue to utilize this service, Glaze asks that citizens please follow these curbside recycling guidelines:
Do Recycle The Following:

  • Newspaper - Recycle all newspapers and inserts.
  • Paper - Recycle regular mail, bulk business mail, office paper, school paper, paper brochures and handouts, cereal boxes, cake mix boxes, construction paper, magazines and catalogs. Please remove all plastic wrappers.
  •  Steel/Tin Cans  -  Aluminum and steel cans. Rinse all food and beverage cans.
  •  Plastic - All plastic bottles that have #1 or #2.
  •  Corrugated Cardboard - All corrugated cardboard should be flattened and put inside the cart.
 Do Not Recycle The Following:
  • No garbage
  • No medical waste of any kind
  • No glass
  • No Styrofoam
  • No plastic toys
  • No oil containers of any kind
  • No plastic sheeting or large plastic containers
  • No clothing or other fabrics

City of Athens and Utilities
200 Hobbs St W
Athens, AL 35611

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