Earth Day Sustainability Corner

Waste and recycling professionals work hard every day to protect the environment for all of us. We’ve all seen the drivers who collect our waste and recycling, but there are many more workers behind the scenes. All of them deserve our thanks for the work they do.

Earth Day Sustainability Corner

This year’s global Earth Day theme is Planet vs. Plastics, emphasizing the impact of plastics on human and planetary health, the need to reduce plastic production, and the importance of advocating for circular designs and zero waste solutions.

Plastic is ubiquitous and can be found everywhere—from the air we breathe, to the water we drink, and even in our bloodstreams.

As a leader in innovative recycling solutions, Athens is committed to minimizing the impacts of plastic pollution. We also understand that recycling is just one piece of the puzzle in a wider effort to reduce the global dependency on plastic.

Here are some tips to help reduce plastic waste in your day-to-day:

Always use a reusable mug/cupWhether you are stopping by your favorite coffee shop or the break room, opt for a reusable mug or cup

Skip the plastic utensils and freebies Keep a set of reusable utensils at your desk and ordering take-out, decline the “free” utensils and any condiments you may not need

Line dry your clothesMinimize the shedding of microfibers, while saving on your energy bill by hanging your clothes to dry

Brush up on your recycling knowledge – If you are unsure whether something is recyclable or compostable, visit

Remember, small changes add up and collectively, we can make a positive impact on our environment!

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