Athens Services has been a fixture in the greater Los Angeles community for the past 60 years. Founder Jack Arakelian came to the United States, along with his wife and son Ron Arakelian Sr., from Armenia through Ellis Island when Ron was nine years old. Arakelian began his career in produce and ranching in the San Gabriel Valley. Eventually, he purchased his first truck to collect food waste for his animals, and later began waste hauling in the Athens district of Los Angeles. This community inspired him to name his business “Athens Services.” Arakelian spent his life invested in the thoughtful usage and stewardship of land and resources, and was active in philanthropic causes benefitting the communities his company served. He passed down his legacy to his son Ron Sr., grandsons Ron Jr. and Michael, and great grandsons Ron III and Adam, who run the company today. The family kept the name Athens Services to remind them of their humble beginnings and roots in the Los Angeles area.
As the company that developed the first mixed-waste processor in Los Angeles county, Athens has always been ahead of the curve. We have continued to look forward, recently investing in new, near-zero emission natural gas vehicles that are 90% cleaner than the Environmental Protection Agency’s strictest emissions standard. We are also the first company to utilize the Max-AI commercial unit: an artificially intelligent autonomous technology that uses mechanical vision to help sort recyclables and waste.
Founded in 1957 by Jack Arakelian and his son Ron Arakelian Sr., Athens Services has maintained a rich tradition and commitment to service, community and the environment. The Arakelian family continues to oversee day-to-day operations while still empowering Athens employees at every level. Our long-term partnerships with local municipalities, business owners and consumers help us meet and exceed their sustainability and resource management goals.
At Athens Services, quality customer service is an obsession. The entire organization has been structured to prioritize those we serve in all aspects of our business operations. Athens drivers have an average tenure of more than 10 years, and our 1300 employees live and work in the communities they serve. This experience and knowledge helps us provide you with uniquely customized sustainability and resource-management solutions.
My complex was transitioning from another hauler to Athens, and we had some issues with pickup that were quite frustrating. I reached out to Athens in the morning to inform them of the problem, and received a call back from an Athens representative. He listened to my concerns, and said he would make calls to the right department to make sure our trash would be picked up that day. At lunch time, the truck from Athens arrived! We warned the driver that there was a lot of trash in the enclosure. He assured me that trash from the bin and everything that had accumulated in the enclosure would all be picked up. When the driver and his companion left, we had an empty bin and a clean trash enclosure. The original Athens representative followed up with a call to make sure the job had been completed. I said YES and told him that we appreciated all the help he provided us that day. By 2 p.m., our building engineer reported that the extra bin we requested was also delivered. Thank you to the Athens team and their drivers, who did not complain when they picked up all the trash in the bin and enclosure. Based on this experience, I’m giving Athens 5/5 stars!
I would like to thank the amazing Athens Services team for your extraordinary participation at the City of South Pasadena’s Free Mulch and Compost Giveaway event this past Saturday. Once again, working with Athens was a complete pleasure! I received countless compliments on Athens’ gorgeous compost, and your street sweeper left the parking lot clean enough to eat of off (the Eclectic Music Festival was grateful for that). Finally, I would like to acknowledge your team-player attitude which made everything a pleasure! While this was a super busy event, everything was perfect. And, I would like to thank Athens Services for their part in making this happen!!
I’ve lived in a condo community for almost 13 years.. and Athens has always been our service provider. We have never had a problem with them… actually, the drivers have been so amazing. My kids love when the trash gets picked up… probably because of the giant truck, but every time they rush out there, the driver greets them with a big smile and wave, and even sometimes a nice salutation. I can’t say enough about these guys. I think most parents would agree that if someone can put a smile on your kids’ faces… they’re worth something in my book. Great service and great people. Athens also happens to be the provider to the City my two businesses are in. Same level of service and great drivers as far as we are concerned. I know it’s easier to take the time to post a complaint than a compliment… especially since it’s their job to make the least amount of interruptions in our daily routines. So, I get if you had a bad experience… that’s when you notice something. Regardless of these other reviews… I would highly recommend these guys!
Athens Services sponsored green waste pick-up at our “Climate Day LA” event, which celebrated local solutions to climate change. Having triple stream waste services on-site ensured that our attendees were part of an event that embodied what it communicated. Athens also provided assistance throughout the lead up and during the event, which we really appreciate from a partner. The entire team at Climate Resolve and our production partners thank Athens for helping make this experience possible; we hope that future events afford us the opportunity to work together again!
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