Keep Oconee County Beautiful Commission 

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Keep America Beautiful Affiliate

Mission

To increase citizen awareness of the need for individual environmental stewardship and to offer opportunities for public involvement in local projects.

Responsibilities

To develop and execute environmental and educational outreach programs encouraging citizen stewardship.

To provide supportive educational materials for county programs such as Litter Abatement, Solid Waste Management, Recycling & Beautification.

To conduct Environmental & Recycling programs and projects.

Information

The Keep Oconee County Beautiful Commission meets on the first Monday of every month at 7:00 pm at the Oconee County Government Annex at 1291 Greensboro Highway.  All meetings are open to the public.

KOCBC is always looking for environmentally concerned citizens to become Commission members, Auxiliary members and volunteers.

  
Contact

Angela Helwig, Executive Director
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P.O. Box 145
Watkinsville, Ga. 30677

Phone (706) 769-5120
Fax (706) 769-0705

Hours: Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm 

FAQs 

1) What items can be recycled?

2) Where can I take my recyclables?

3) How much does it cost to recycle?

4) Are there ways to recycle items the county’s collection sites do not take?

5) What are PAY AS YOU THROW bags?

6) Who are the members of the Keep Oconee County Beautiful Commission?

7) How can I become a member of the Keep Oconee County Beautiful Commission?

8) How can I volunteer to help the Keep Oconee County Beautiful Commission?

9) What is the Adopt a Mile program?

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FAQs 

1)  What items can be recycled?

Click here for printable recycling poster - featuring what to recycle and what not to recycle.

2)  Where can I take my recyclables?

PLEASE NOTE: All sites are closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays. All sites are fenced and lighted with attendants present.
Greensboro Highway (SR15) ~ 2001 Greensboro Highway at Green Ferry Rd
HOURS: Mon, Wed, Fri – 8 am to 5 pm; Sat – 9 am to 4 pm; Sun – 1 to 5 pm
Mars Hill Area/Jimmy Daniell Road ~ Jimmy Daniell Road near SR316
HOURS: Mon, Wed, Fri – 8 am to 5 pm; Sat – 9 am to 4 pm; Sun – 1 to 5 pm
Hog Mountain Road (SR53) ~ at intersection of Hog Mtn Rd & Carrithers School Rd
HOURS: Mon, Wed, Fri – 8 am to 5 pm; Sat – 9 am to 4 pm; Sun – 1 to 5 pm
Rankin Road ~ across from Oconee County Middle School just off Mars Hill Rd
HOURS: Mon, Wed, Fri – 8 am to 5 pm; Sat – 9 am to 4 pm; Sun – 1 to 5 pm
Macon Highway (former landfill) ~ one mile south of Farmington on US441
HOURS: Mon, Wed, Fri – 8 am to 5 pm; Sat – 9 am to 4 pm; Sun – 1 to 5 pm 

3) How much does it cost to recycle?

Recyclying is FREE at the Oconee County Collection Sites.  You do NOT need a PAY AS YOU THROW bag to recycle!

4) Are there ways to recycle items the county’s collection sites do not take?

First, the good news is that recycling in Oconee County is FREE AND SO EASY and, now MORE ITEMS THAN EVER BEFORE can be recycled due to the transformation of Athens-Clarke County's Recycling facility.
Oconee County's contractor who hauls the materials for recycling from the Oconee County Collection Sites takes them to ACC's recently upgraded facility where they are now doing "single stream" recycling of many more products, including plastics beyond just 1s and 2s and most every type of fiber including milk cartons, catalogs, magazines and more. Please click here for the flyer with information on all the things that can be recycled.
For everything else that cannot be recycled for free at an Oconee County collection site, please start by checking these websites:
www.earth911.com – All you need to do is type in the item and your zip code and earth 911 will tell you the nearest place to recycle that type of item.
www.freecycle.org – If you have lots of household items that you would like to get rid of, and you want to keep them out of the landfills, you can list them with a local "freecycle" group. Your "trash" can become someone else's treasure. Remember, it is great to reduce, reuse and recycle!
www.terracycle.net – TerraCycle wants to eliminate the idea of waste. They have created "national recycling systems for previously non-recyclable or hard-to-recycle waste. Anyone can sign up for these programs, called the Brigades, and start sending [them] waste" that is converted into "a wide variety of products and materials." Many of the brigades actually pay for the recyclables.

5) What are PAY AS YOU THROW bags?

The Oconee County Public Works Department through its Sanitation Division offers a very economical way for Oconee Citizens to haul their trash and recyclables at one time to any of the five Solid Waste & Recycling Collection sites throughout the county.  Just place all your non-recyclable items into a PAY AS YOU THROW bag (available locally at a nominal fee) and put them in the appropriate bin at the collection site of your choice.  The PAY AS YOU THROW bags are currently blue but the color will be changing to maroon later this year.
PAY AS YOU THROW bags can be purchased at the following Oconee County locations:
All county waste collection sites
AJ’s at Hwy 78 & Mars Hill Rd
T’s Corner at Hwy 78 & Hwy 53
Publix at Butler’s Crossing
Bells Food Store at Butler’s Crossing
All Oconee County Golden Pantries
Bogart Pantry on Hwy 29
Oconee Fast Mart on Hog Mtn Rd
Kroger’s on Epps Bridge Rd
PAY AS YOU THROW bag prices:
32 Gallon - $3.00
20 Gallon - $2.00

6) Who are the members of the Keep Oconee County Beautiful Commission?

Members of the commission are Oconee County citizens like you who are appointed by the Oconee County Board of Commissioners to three year terms  -- people who are interested in keeping our beautiful county clean and in promoting environmentally sound practices to make it even better.  
Current Members:
Kate McDaniel
Christian Cotton
Denise Moon
Cindy Frye
Nancy Abrol
Michelle Creech
Ken Morneault
Mark Hess
Jeremy Daniel
Daniel George
Molly Schaefer
Melissa Steele
Angela Helwig, Executive Director
In addition to the commission members, KOCBC offers auxiliary membership that does not require appointment by the BOC, just a willingness to participate in the KOCBC meetings and projects.
Please call 706-769-5120 if you interested in becoming a part of this active, friendly, and environmentally minded group
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7) How can I become a member of the Keep Oconee County Beautiful Commission?

 If interested in joining the KOCBC, please call 706-769-5120 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

8) How can I volunteer to help the Keep Oconee County Beautiful Commission?

 Please call 706-769-5120 or e-mail  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

9) What is the Adopt a Mile program?

The Keep Oconee County Beautiful Commission facilitates a local program that pairs up individuals and groups with one mile sections of county roads for regular cleanups.  Please click here for the Adopt-a-Mile Program packet.

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