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.
The Athens-Limestone Recycling Center will be closed Friday, July 3rd.
Beginning July 6, 2020, the center will accept the following limited items:
** Cardboard **
(including paperboard such as cereal boxes, drink cartons, etc.)
** Newspaper **
(must be kept separate from all other paper)
** Junk Mail and Magazines**
** Aluminum Cans & Other Aluminum Items **
** Steel/Tin Cans & Other Steel Items **
** Glass – Bottles and Jars ONLY **
At the Lucas Ferry Rd. Facility ONLY
Monday – Friday from 6:00 am to 2:00 pm
ALL GUIDELINES MUST BE FOLLOWED FOR ITEMS TO BE ACCEPTED
- All cardboard MUST BE BROKEN DOWN
- All trash, Styrofoam, plastic, and other materials MUST BE REMOVED.
- Glass MUST BE SORTED BY COLOR (brown, clear, blue and green). Bottles and jars only – NO OTHER GLASS IS RECYCLABLE
- NO COUNTY TRAILERS will be in place. All cardboard must be taken to the Lucas Ferry Rd. facility
- NO OTHER MATERIALS WILL BE ACCEPTED AT THIS TIME.
Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful and the Athens-Limestone Recycling Center thank residents for their patience during this difficult time. We are anxious to return to full service; however we are unable to do that at this time. All changes will be posted on the Athens-Limestone Recycling Center and Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful Facebook pages and on this website.
THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION WILL APPLY ONLY WHEN THE RECYCLING CENTER IS BACK TO FULL OPERATIONS:
Curbside recycling in the City of Athens is provided by the Athens City Sanitation Department. If you have questions or would like a blue recycling cart, contact them at 256-233-8747.
Community Collection Bins
Community collection bins are located in front of the Recycling Center which are available for use 24 hours each day. We are happy to provide residents and non-residents the opportunity to recycle at your convenience.
Business Recycling Services
Our recycling center is happy to service Athens and Limestone County businesses. If your business creates cardboard or office paper waste, please contact us to learn how you can recycle your materials free of charge!
County Community Collection Centers
There are also community collection centers strategically placed throughout Limestone County for the use of LIMESTONE COUNTY RESIDENTS. Because there is limited capacity at these community collection centers, we ask that use be reserved for Limestone County residents. Anyone from outside Limestone County is welcome to drop off recyclable materials at the Lucas Ferry Rd. facility.
The following items can be recycled at the community collection centers:
- aluminum cans
- metal cans
- plastic containers #1, #2, and #5
- glass bottles and jars (all colors)
- office paper
- junk mail/magazines/books/phone books.
- Trailers for cardboard are also located at the community collection centers.
Location Of County Community Collection Centers
- East Limestone High School
- Cedar Hill Elementary
- West Limestone High School
- Elkmont High School
- Johnson Elementary
- Clements High School
- Ardmore High School
- Ardmore City Hall
- Piney Chapel
Smaller trailers are also located at:
- Bay Hill Marina
- Little Elk Missionary Baptist Church