The State of California now requires significant changes in how trash is collected and what items must be recycled and sorted. The changes are driven by recent laws passed by the State of California, which mandates the separation of organic waste (green waste and food waste).
State Senate Bill 1383 requires that trash be separated to capture three separate streams of waste, 1) regular trash, 2) recycled items, and 3) organic/food waste material. If changes in the collection of trash, recycling, and organic/food waste are not implemented before January 1, 2022, the City will be subject to fines of up to $10,000 per day, and residents and businesses may also be subject to penalties.
Due to the new State requirements, there will be changes in how trash is collected in the City. To provide the most convenient and cost-effective way for all residents and businesses to meet these new requirements, the City has been working with its waste hauler Athens Services to create a comprehensive program to comply with State law and mitigate the cost burden to ratepayers.
More information concerning these changes will be coming in early 2021. Please follow us on social media or visit this page for the most up-to-date information.