Rates & Information

 Residential Garbage/Recycling/Composting

    Customer Type  # of Containers Rate 
    Owner-Occupied (Must be Requested) (1) 32 Gallon  $15.23 
    Owner-Occupied (Default) (2) 32 Gallon $22.05
    Rental Customer (1-3 residents permitted)  (2) 32 Gallon  $22.05
    Rental Customer (4-6 residents permitted)  (3) 32 Gallon  $25.20
    Renter-Occupied (7-9 residents permitted)  (4) 32 Gallon  $26.78
    Renter-Occupied (10+ residents permitted) 
    (includes sororities/fraternities) 
    (5) 32 Gallon  $28.35
    ($5.04 for each
    Composting (All residents are automatically opted in)  (1) 5 Gallon Bucket (provided) $6.33 
     Extra Bags placed curbside (added to monthly bill) $5.25 each
     Litter Control Fee (support fee)  $1.00
     Special Haul Charges (anything not bagged placed at curb)  Varies based on item/volume

    • Garbage containers must not be visible from the street on non-pickup days
    • Containers can be either bags or cans
    • Recycling can be put out the same day garbage is, just make sure crews can tell what is garbage and what is recycling
    • Watch for changes in pickup days due to holidays
    • Garbage must be out by 7:30 am
    • Trash cans and recycling containers cannot be placed at the curb before dusk the day prior to pickup and must be removed from the curb no later than dusk of the day of pickup.


    The City of Athens offers a curbside composting program that all residents are opted into when they start service. A green 5 gallon bucket is provided to all addresses. Please visit the Garbage/Recycling link to see what can be included in the bucket. 

    We understand that many people compost in their backyards or have other reasons for not being in the program. There is an opt-out option. In order to NOT be charged for compost service, customers must opt out of the program by emailing with their name and address for their account to compost@ci.athens.oh.us. Only the property owner can opt in or out of an address. (Cancelation will not go into effect until compost bucket is returned).  

     Franchise/Business Garbage/Recycling
     # of Pickups Per Week  Rate/Month
     1 $44.10 
    2 $56.70


Effective:  1/1/2022

Consumption Category* Water Base Rate
(For first 1,000 gallons)
Sewer Base Rate
(For first 1,000 gallons)
< 15,000 $15.47 $29.25
15,000+ $33.19 $50.58
50,000+ $99.60 $129.97
100,000+ $166.05 $213.23
200,000+ $277.00 $402.77
500,000+ $553.46 $830.80
1,000,000+ $1,106.97 $1,462.89
5,000,000+ $2,213.91 $2,315.72
 After first 1,000 gallons
(per each add. 1k gallons) 
(per each add. 1k gallons)
 After first 1,000 gallons
(per each add. 1k gallons)
(per each add. 1k gallons
 After first 1,000 gallons
(per each add. 1k gallons)
(per each add. 1k gallons)
 Capital Storm Sewer Fee $3.00 fee for all residential customers
 Capital Storm Sewer Fee $6.00 fee for all commercial/industrial customers
*Customers outside the City limits must add 20% to both the base rate and per thousand gallon rate. 

Base Rate

A base rate is established for each customer based on monthly peak consumption during the prior year.  If the "gallons used" box on your water bill read less than "15" (which is actually 15,000) every month last year, your base rate will not change this year.  If your water bill was for "15 gallons used" or more at least three times last year, you will have a new base rate.  To determine your new base rate, look at the three largest quantities billed in "gallons used."   Refer to the chart above and use the smallest of the three numbers to determine which level will be used as your base rate.