Your Partner to Achieving a Zero Waste Future

Athens Services

Athens Services is a local, family-owned waste collection and recycling company that has been a fixture in the greater Los Angeles community for the past 60 years. We provide innovative, consistent and quality environmental services to our more than 200,000 customers in the 50+ communities we serve. Through reuse, recycling and composting, Athens diverts valuable resources from landfills.

As one of the largest recyclers in Los Angeles County, we are committed to protecting the environment through mixed waste processing and other cutting-edge solutions.

Providing sustainable, closed loop solutions to organics management by diverting green waste and food scraps from landfills to our composting facility.

A combination of experienced drivers and excellent customer service allows us to meet the waste disposal needs of any business or community.

To handle your most challenging waste streams, we employ specialists in hazardous and toxic substances, chemistry and environmental law.

Full service for contractors, with the highest diversion certificate percentage available as certified by the City of Los Angeles.

Keep your driveways and parking lots clean through one of the largest fleets of street-sweeping trucks in the waste industry – all powered by alternative fuels.


Our Responsibility to the Environment

Athens Services is committed to the environment and supports California as it moves towards a more sustainable future. We are always looking for ways to advance our recycling programs, save precious resources, and create a better environment for current generations and generations to come. We believe in a zero-waste future where businesses and consumers alike are conscious about consumption and product lifecycles, and are engaged in sustainable thinking concerning the use, management and restoration of the Earth’s resources.

Our Mission for a Zero Waste Future

Athens Services is committed to our future. We live on a finite planet and discarded material must be handled responsibly. By utilizing a Zero Waste system, we first reduce the amount of materials created, thus saving natural resources, energy and water. All actual waste material is then reused, recycled, or composted, reducing the amount of discards to landfill. Zero waste is designed to safely return materials back to industry or soil without any ill effects to human, animal or global health.

Welcome to Athens Services

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.

The Athens Advantage

Extraordinary Leaps

Innovative Technology

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.

A Tradition of Excellence

Family-Owned Business

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.

Experienced Local Team

Customer Service

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.

Communities Served
Local Clients
Local Employees
Years of Dedicated Service
The New Athens

Athens Quick Facts

  • Developed the first mixed-waste processor in Los Angeles County in 1996
  • Built Southern California’s first LEED® Certified and solar-powered recycling facility
  • First hauler in the City of Los Angeles to implement a full-scale multifamily residential food scrap collection program
  • Helped the 100-year old Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum go from zero percent diversion to zero waste in two football seasons
  • 200,000+ residential, commercial and industrial customers
  • 400+ collection, hauling and container vehicles
  • 23 municipalities served in the Los Angeles area
  • 6 operation service facilities
  • 2 Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs) with new facility coming to Irwindale, CA
  • 1 Composting Facility

City of Industry Material Recovery Facility (MRF)

  • Diverts the most mixed-waste of any MRF in Southern California – 5,000 tons
  • Processes organics collection and diversion programs

Sun Valley Material Recovery Facility (MRF)

  • LEED® certified
  • Processes 1,500 tons of waste a day
  • 2017 University of Phoenix Academic Faculty Member of the Year:
    Gary Clifford
  • 2017 San Gabriel Women’s Foundation Leadership Award:
    Mary McKenrick
  • 2017 Waste360 40 Under 40 Award:
    Spence Davenport
  • 2017 LARA San Gabriel Valley Regional Awards Recipient
  • 2016 Waste360 40 Under 40 Award:
    Jessica Aldridge
  • 2016 SWANA Excellence Award for Recycling Systems (Sun Valley MRF)
  • Member of chambers of commerce and environmental organizations
  • Organizer of free compost giveaways, sponsor of community events
  • Employee volunteering efforts, such as annual river cleanups and charity marathons
  • Partnerships with local outreach and education associations


  • 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!

    Kristina von Hoffmann
    Outreach Director | Climate Resolve
  • 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!!

    Debby Figoni
    Senior Management Analyst | City of South Pasadena
  • 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!

    Charles B.
    Resident of West Covina | Business Owner in Covina

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