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Make Waste History

recycLA is a new public private partnership that will offer customer-friendly and efficient waste and recycling services to all commercial and industrial businesses, institutions, and large multifamily buildings. The City of Los Angeles service areas are divided into 11 Franchise Zones; Athens Services is managing the West Los Angeles, North Central, and Harbor zones.  

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Athens Services is managing recycling and waste services for businesses and large multifamily buildings in the West Los Angeles, North Central, and Harbor zones.

Office Hours

Athens’ Customer Service Center Hours
Monday - Friday8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (NOON)

North Central Office

6363 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 200, Los Angeles, CA 90048

West LA Office

1950 Sawtelle Blvd., Suite 357, Los Angeles, CA 90025

Harbor Office

350 W. 5th Street, Suite 210, San Pedro, CA 90731
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Athens Services is managing waste services for businesses and large multifamily buildings in the West Los Angeles, North Central, and Harbor zones.

West Los Angeles
includes the neighborhoods:
  • Sub Zone 1:
    Beverlywood, Castle Heights, Century City (subs 1&3), Cheviot Hills, Mar Vista (subs 1&2), Palms, Pico-Robertson (west of Livonia Ave.), Rancho Park, and Sawtelle (subs 1&3)
  • Sub Zone 2:
    Del Rey, Mar Vista (subs 1&2), Playa del Rey, Playa Vista, Venice, and Westchester
  • Sub Zone 3:
    Bel Air, Beverly Glen, Beverly Ridge Estates, Brentwood, Century City (subs 1&3), Holmby Hills, Mandeville Canyon, North Beverly Park, Pacific Palisades, Sawtelle (subs 1&3), South Beverly Park, and Westwood
North Central
includes the neighborhoods:
  • Sub Zone 4:
    Fairfax, Greater Wilshire/Hancock Park, Hollywood Heights, Korea Town (subs 4&5), La Brea, Hollywood (west of the 101 freeway), Larchmont Village, Melrose, Mid-Wilshire (north of Olympic), and Outpost Estates
  • Sub Zone 5:
    Historic Filipinotown, Korea Town (subs 4&5), Macarthur Park, Rampart Village, and Westlake (north of Olympic)
includes the neighborhoods:
  • Sub Zone 6:
    Harbor City, Harbor Gateway North (south of E. 120th St.), San Pedro, and Wilmington

Services and Rates

Holidays Observed

The City of Los Angeles and Athens Services observe New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day (4th of July), Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. If the holiday falls on Monday – Saturday, collection services for the remainder of the week will be delayed one day. If the holiday falls on a Sunday there will be no delay in service.

Bulky Item Pickup

Athens Services provides bulky item collection for a fee to commercial and industrial businesses and institutions. Multi-family residential, bulky items are collected by the City of Los Angeles. To schedule a bulky item pick-up, please Call LA Sanitation Customer Care Center 1-800-773-2489 (or 311) or visit My LA 311.

Bulky Item Examples (include, but are not limited to):

appliances (i.e. refrigerators and dryers), furniture, large broken toys, mattresses, rugs, tree trunks, and water heaters.

Consider Donation First:

Give unwanted items a second life; first consider donating items that are gently used and in good working condition. Not only will you reduce waste to landfill and save resources, you may be helping someone in need. Click here for more information.

Hazardous Waste

It is illegal to dispose of hazardous materials into your containers, down the drain, or by abandonment.

Hazardous Waste is any product labeled toxic, poisonous, corrosive, flammable, combustible, or an irritant.

Examples include (but are not limited to): antifreeze; automotive fluids; cleaning products; compressed gas cylinders (full or empty); fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides; paint; pharmaceuticals; pool chemicals; solvents; and more.

For a complete list or materials or for more information, visit http://ladpw.org/epd/hhw/.

County of Los Angeles, S.A.F.E. Collection Center takes small business quantities by appointment only. To schedule an appointment call (213) 485-2260.

Learn how to properly dispose and what waste belongs in what container

What goes in my container?

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The BLUE container is for the collection of commingled recyclables such as aluminum foil and trays (clean); aseptic containers, juice boxes and milk cartons; cans (aluminum, bi-metal, and tin); cardboard; coat hangers; envelopes; glass bottles and jars; junk mail; magazines; metal scraps; newspaper; office paper; paperback books; paper grocery bags; all clean plastic bags and film plastic (grocery, dry cleaning, packaging, etc.); plastic containers (1-7); and wrapping paper.


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The BLACK container is for non-recyclable trash headed for the landfill such as bathroom waste, candy bar wrappers, chip bags, cigarette butts, diapers, disposable gloves, food scraps (if green container is not available), packaging peanuts, palm fronds, paper or boxes soiled with grease or food residue, pet waste, succulents and cacti, yucca leaves and other solid waste materials considered to be no longer of use.

Green = Organics
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The GREEN container is for organics collection service of green waste and food scraps, such as green waste including yard trimmings and plant matter; food scraps including all fruits, vegetables, meat, and dairy; and food-soiled paper products that are 100% fiber based.


Brown = Horse Manure
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The BROWN container is for horse manure. Less than 1% of the population has a brown bin.
If you require one,
please call:

Athens Services - Red Logo Mark
Dispose of your waste correctly

Container Regulations

Overweight and Overfilled Containers

Overweight or overfilled containers can result in non-collection or fees (if serviced). If your container(s) has not be collected, please correct the issue below and then contact the City of Los Angeles’ Customer Care Center at (800) 773-2489 (or 311) or visit www.recycLA.com to schedule a pickup. Extra service fees will apply.

Overweight: Containers that cannot be safely moved and/or emptied by personnel and/or equipment are considered overweight. To avoid issues do not place material such as concrete, roof shingles, sand, or other construction and demolition material into your container. To schedule temporary service for construction and demolition projects click hereIf the container is not collected, customers are required to remove inappropriate materials and reschedule their collection.

Overfilled: When container lids do not completely close due to excess material and/or when material is placed outside the container, this is considered overfilled. Place all refuse inside of the container(s) with the lids fully closed. Any refuse placed alongside, on top of, or above the sides of container is considered “overfilled” and will not be collected. To make more room in your container, flatten all boxes prior to disposal. To address overfill issues, consider ordering a one-time pickup when necessary or increase your overall level of service.


State law prohibits the disposal of hazardous material and electronic waste into your containers. For proper disposal options, click here. We also ask that you do not place bulky items, construction debris, or automotive parts in your containers.For bulky item disposal options, click here.

The following is a list of items you should not place in your container:

  • Automotive Parts
  • Batteries
  • Cleaning Products
  • Construction and Demolition Waste (examples below):
    • Florescent Light Bulbs or Tubes

  • Electronic Waste (examples below):
    • LED Lights
  • Medical Waste
  • Paints, Solvents, and Thinners
  • Pesticides or Herbicides
  • Pharmaceuticals/Over–the-Counter Medicines

  • Pool Chemicals
  • Radiological Waste
  • Syringes or Sharps
  • Thermometers
  • Thermostats
  • Used Motor Oil

Electronic Waste Examples:

Electronics can include those devices that utilize electrical wiring, plug into  an electric outlet, or take a battery or light bulb.

Acceptable items include (but are not limited to): computers and accessories, circuit boards, extension cords, flash lights, microwaves, phones, stereos, and televisions.

Construction and Demolition:

Waste material generated during the construction, renovation or demolition of a location cannot be placed in your containers. To order temporary service for construction projects, click here.

The most common materials are:  concrete, wood, drywall, asphalt shingles, and asphalt pavement.

Food Rescue and Materials Reuse

Athens Services has collaborated with the following nonprofit organizations to help businesses donate their edible food and reusable materials that would otherwise go to waste.

Please contact these organizations to learn more about their programs.

If you need further assistance with food rescue and/or material donations, please contact Athens Services at 1-800-327-3807.


Organic material contributes up to 35% of waste in LA’s landfills, which though anaerobic decomposition produces the second largest anthropogenic source of methane in California. Los Angeles is also home to almost 1.5 million food-insecure people, the largest estimated food-insecure population in the United States. Creating a robust, full spectrum organics programs to decrease food waste before it even reaches the dumpster will not only help the City meet its waste diversion goals, it supports the social, economic, and environmental well-being of Angelenos.

Food Finders Inc.
Diana Lara, VP of Operations

3744 N. Industry Ave #401,
Lakewood, CA 90712

(562) 283-1400 x101

Food Finders is a non-profit food rescue organization. They pickup good wholesome food and deliver it to one of their 330 partner agencies for distribution that day or the next. They specialize in the recovery of prepared and perishable food.

Saint Francis Center
Jose Ramirez, Executive Director

1835 Hope St.,
Los Angeles, CA 90015

(213) 747-5347

Founded in 1973, St. Francis Center (SFC) is located near Downtown Los Angeles and provides relief and support to homeless and extremely low-income individuals and families in Los Angeles. Last year St. Francis Center served over 100,000 homeless meals, double what they served about 5 years ago. They also rescued over 1.2 million pounds of donated food and provided over 16,000 grocery visits to extremely low income families. They accept non-perishable, perishable, produce and prepared foods.

Waste Not
Want Not Now
Martha Fearnley, Director of Programs

1949 N. Wilton Place,
Los Angeles, CA 90068

(323) 806-9261

For over 15 years, Waste Not Want Not Now has been picking up food donated by grocery stores, restaurants and hotels, and delivering it to organizations that feed and serve the homeless of greater Los Angeles. A typical day’s donation consists of fresh fruits, vegetables and bakery items which would otherwise have been thrown away – associated shelter organizers say they could always use more.


Give unwanted items new life through donation. Not only will you reduce waste to landfill and save resources, you may be helping someone in need. Check your local listing for thrift stores that take used appliances, books, clothing, furniture, working electronics, tools, toys, and more. Schools and day care centers may want gently used toys, books, magazines, computers, office and party supplies, and misc. items for crafts.

Donations Department


L.A. SHARES is a nonprofit materials reuse program. Through their interactive website, they are able to take donations of reusable goods and materials (both new and used) from Los Angeles businesses and then redistribute the items FREE-OF-CHARGE to nonprofits and schools in the City of Los Angeles. To donate or receive material, please register on their website and review what can and cannot be accepted.

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Recycling, Organics, & Landfill

Proper signage is essential to increasing waste diversion. These posters are designed to help businesses, customers, and multifamily residents sort their recycling, organics, and landfill material accurately. To ensure participation, be sure to print and place signage on all your corresponding waste containers.

PRINT NOTIFICATION: To make sure the borders are not cut off when printing, please do the following: open PRINT, find PAGE SCALING, and select FIT TO PRINTABLE AREA.


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As a covered entity under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of disability and, upon request, will provide reasonable accommodation to ensure equal access to its programs, services and activities.

En relación con el Articulo II de Acto de Americanos con Incapacidades, la Ciudad de Los Angeles no discrimina en base de incapicidad fisica, y si usted lo pide, la Ciudad proveerá en un nivel razonable igual acceso a sus programas, servicios y actividades.