Put Your Overfilled Containers on a Diet in 2021

Overflowing trash and recycling containers are not only unsightly but also potentially hazardous to Athens Services drivers, traffic, and the environment. They can also be a magnet for wild animals, insects, and bacteria.

Overflowing trash and recycling containers are not only unsightly but also potentially hazardous to Athens Services drivers, traffic, and the environment. They can also be a magnet for wild animals, insects, and bacteria. 

A container is overfilled or overflowing when:

  • It is filled above the rim
  • The container lid does not close 
  • There is material outside of the container. 

Get the Load Down 

Here’s the skinny on overfilled containers: They can cause a lot of problems. An overfilled container creates a safety hazard for Athens drivers and others, especially in heavy traffic areas, if it is too heavy to move, or spills material when moved.

Overflowing waste can create an environmental hazard: materials can spill onto streets or make their way into waterways, contaminating the environment. Large buildups of trash can breed bacteria or attract insects and animals (like rats) that carry diseases. And they can create an eyesore in your neighborhood.

Problems that overfilled containers can cause include the following:

  • Litter
  • Service delays
  • Employee injuries
  • Accidents.

Try These Simple Solutions to Avoid Overfills

Fortunately, there are several easy ways to manage your waste so it doesn’t overflow. Tips to avoid overfilling your container include the following:

  • Break down cardboard boxes to flatten them. One open cardboard box can take up as much space as seven flattened boxes. 
  • If you regularly have more material to dispose of than you have room for, consider ordering an additional container. The expense of adding containers can be less than paying extra collection fees. 
  • If you have bulky items like furniture that will not fit into your containers, order a bulky item pickup
  • Athens makes it easy to order extra containers, rent a bin, or request a bulky item pickup. Just fill out and submit an online order at athensservices.com/request/. Or contact us at (888) 336-6100 to adjust container size or the number of service days.

Athens’ number one goal is to protect your safety and the safety of drivers. So when you take out the trash and recycling, check to make sure you can close the lid; you’ll be glad you did.