Athens-Limestone Recycling Center

By on August 21, 2015

Our Recycling History


Athens-Limestone Recycling Center grew from an idea that an Athens High School science teacher had to start a recycling project to raise funds by collecting cardboard and aluminum cans to raise funds for that club in 1977.

Because this project became too large to manage, a union was formed with the City of Athens and this project was moved to city-owned property in 1979.

In 1980, Athens-Limestone Clean Community, which is known today as Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful, assumed the responsibilities of the program, formed a board of directors, and began a search for a plant manager officially becoming Athens-Limestone Recycling Center.

Our recycling center is one of the oldest non-profit centers in the State of Alabama. We strive to accept as many materials as possible and encourage anyone living in the Tennessee Valley area to bring them to us. We believe people care about protecting natural resources and saving landfill space, and our Recycling Center wants to support those efforts.


24 Hour Access to Drop-off Bins in Front of Center


Recycling Center Location and Hours of Operation:
  • Location: 15896 Lucas Ferry Road – just south of Hwy 72 in Athens
  • Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday 6:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Phone: 256-233-8746
  • Drop-Off: Outside drop-off bins available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week


Center Management


The A-L Recycling Center is a division of Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful. Center operations are overseen by the Athens-Limestone Recycling Board. The Recycling Center plant manager handles day-to-day operations and supervision of center employees. The Recycling Center works with the City of Athens and Limestone County Commission in a cooperative effort to promote recycling, which includes recycling service to all city and county schools