The collection of solid waste in Athens is a big job. Five full time employees, including the Sanitation Coordinator and four Heavy Equipment Operators, strive to provide the citizens and businesses of Athens the best service possible.

If you have any questions regarding Residential or Commercial Sanitation Services, contact Kara Gross, Sanitation Coordinator, 
at 423-744-2749 or email Kara.


We collect residential solid waste Monday through Friday. Now that we have implemented an automated truck system, it takes two trucks and two drivers to collect refuse from every resident in Athens once a week. During holiday weeks, the schedule is changed to accommodate for the holiday. This is usually done by setting the schedule back one day following the holiday. 

New customers: Please call Public Works to find out what day of the week your solid waste is collected. We ask you to have all refuse to the curb by 7:00 AM on your collection day. The current rate is $9.50 per month for the first tote cart, $18 for two carts and $27 for three carts.