Some trash companies’ roles are changing as amassing food waste continues to be a front-and-center garbage issue. Athens, headquartered in the city of Industry, Calif., is among those now doing more than collecting and dumping food waste, and the refuse company has its work cut out for it, located in a state imposing especially rigorous laws.
The company has its own compost facility, with plans for expansion. It partners with food donation organizations to see that edible food that would otherwise go to waste is given to people in need—even paying to help run their programs. And Athens is a key player in a zero waste initiative at Los Angeles Coliseum.