Solid Waste Collection

Athens Services provides solid waste collection service to the western side of the City.  The eastern side of the City is served by Republic Services. Both Athens and Republic bill residential customers quarterly in advance of services being rendered. Commercial customers are billed monthly in advance.

Customer Service

Republic Services

- (800) 299-4898 - Monday-Friday, 7am-6pm and Saturday, 7am-3pm

Athens Services

- (888) 336-6100 - Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm and Saturday, 8am-12pm


Senior - Seniors who are head of household, at least 62 years of age and receive supplemental social security benefits are eligible to a 10% discount on standard trash service. Contact your service provider to apply.

Active Military - An active military member may be stationed away from home for long periods of time. This 10% discount on standard trash service will apply so long as the military member maintains the property as his or her residence. Contact your service provider to apply.

Utility User's Tax Exemption - Low income, single-family residential trash and water customers may be eligible for a $6 per month discount on water and a $5 per month discount to their trash service in addition to being exempt from City taxes on other utilities.  To be eligible, residents must apply through the City and qualify for the Utility Users Tax Exemption.

On Call Bulky Waste and E-Waste Collection

Your solid waste collection service provider will provide residential and multi-family premises four (4) free pickups  per year of up to three (3) items per pickup. Call your service provider to schedule the pick-up. Please do not set out items without calling for a special pick-up. These items cannot be collected by the regular automated collection truck that services your containers.

Hazardous Waste

For information on hazardous waste and the proper way to dispose of it, click here.


The solid waste fee for single-family residences includes one black cart, up to two green carts and an unlimited number of blue carts. Extra black and green carts will be charged an extra fee. For information on ordering more containers, placement of containers and what is acceptable in each container, click here.

Holiday Trash Collection Schedule

Trash, recycling and green waste will be collected as regularly scheduled except for the following holidays:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

Whenever one of these holidays occurs on a weekday, the collection schedule will be delayed one day for the remainder of the week. For example, since Thanksgiving falls on Thursday, the collection day would be moved to Friday and the collection normally made on Friday would be on Saturday. The final collection for the week would be on Saturday.

Solid Waste Collection and Recycling Franchise Agreements

Athens Franchise Agreement

Republic Franchise Agreement