How to Recycle Items the County Doesn't Take

First, the good news is that recycling in Oconee County is FREE AND SO EASY and, now MORE ITEMS THAN EVER BEFORE can be recycled due to the transformation of Athens-Clarke County's Recycling facility.

Oconee County's contractor who hauls the materials for recycling from the Oconee County Collection Sites takes them to ACC's recently upgraded facility where they are now doing "single stream" recycling of many more products, including plastics beyond just 1s and 2s and most every type of fiber including milk cartons, catalogs, magazines and more. View the Recycling Poster (PDF) to find a list of items that can be recycled.

Helpful Website
For everything else that cannot be recycled for free at an Oconee County collection site, please start by checking these websites:
  • The Earth911 website allows you to just type in the item and your zip code and it will tell you the nearest place to recycle that type of item.
  • TerraCycle wants to eliminate the idea of waste. They have created "national recycling systems for previously non-recyclable or hard-to-recycle waste. Anyone can sign up for these programs, called the Brigades, and start sending [them] waste" that is converted into "a wide variety of products and materials." Many of the brigades actually pay for the recyclables.
Ideas
For more ideas, please contact the Keep Oconee County Beautiful Commission at 706-310-3560 or by email.