The ACC Government will soon vote on a new law requiring apartment complexes and businesses to provide recycling for tenants and customers, according to a recent article in the Athens Banner-Herald
The new law stems from a dire need to divert waste from the County landfill. If more waste is recycled, it will help achieve the waste reduction goals set by County Commissioners in 2010. The ultimate goal is to divert 75% of waste from the landfill by 2020.
The expense for this program, which is estimated at $100,00 for start-up and education, will be covered by a monthly tax of 60 cents for residential customers and $1.50 monthly tax for commercial customers.
The specific targets of this law are apartment complexes, many of which provide trash pick-up only in the form of large dumpsters. Residents who wish to recycle must take their recyclables to bins located around Athens, a challenging task for anyone without a car. Under the new law, the apartment complexes would have to provide an additional receptacle for all recyclable items.