It is time for a new way to recycle in Thousand Oaks. Traditional methods don’t cut it anymore. The demands and challenges of recycling are greater than ever.
Recognizing these facts, city leaders are looking at alternative options for waste and recycling services. Fortunately, they do not have to go it alone; Athens Services has stepped up to offer a way forward.
Athens: A New Game in Town
Athens is the largest independently owned waste and recycling company in Southern California. It does not own landfills; its goal is to bypass landfills through recycling and reusing as much material as possible. Athens partners with dozens of cities in the region to reduce waste, recycle materials, and clean the air.
Athens offers to do the same for Thousand Oaks. Recently, the company opened a new Sustainability Center on Thousand Oaks Boulevard. Its goal: To introduce residents and businesses to a new way of thinking about trash and recycling.
The Face of Recycling in Thousand Oaks
Leading Athens’ program is Matt Trouts. Matt has lived in the Conejo Valley for 30 years. He has spent more than 20 years in the industry, six of those with Athens Services.
Matt is excited about bringing Athens’ approach to recycling to Thousand Oaks. He has been meeting with local business and civic groups to educate them about the solutions Athens offers.
“We are committed to the community,” Matt said. “We report to Thousand Oaks Boulevard, not Wall Street. We pride ourselves in partnering with our communities.”
A Focus on Regional Sustainability
The Thousand Oaks Sustainability Center offers a variety of tools and services to help achieve recycling goals. Matt and Athens’ recycling coordinators offer personalized one-on-one recycling training to the community. The Center will host a series of workshops to share recycling best practices and green waste composting tutorials.
A Welcome Change
The response from the community has been overwhelmingly positive. Matt recalls a conversation with a neighbor about how Athens diverts green waste from landfills to create compost.
“He’s a 93-year-old retired farmer and COVID survivor,” Matt said. “His world revolves around gardening.”
“He’s so excited at the thought of having his garden waste picked up and brought back to the community as compost he can use in his garden. He can’t wait to see it and use it.”
Explore the World of Recycling
Athens’ unique approach of diverting material from landfills to our materials recovery and composting facilities significantly reduces waste and greenhouse gases. Through our commitment to recycling, Athens works with communities to develop successful environmental solutions together.
“We look forward to partnering with Thousand Oaks to create a sustainable future for generations to come,” Matt said.
To learn more about Athens’ environmental sustainability programs, visit the Sustainability Center at 2251 Thousand Oaks Blvd. It is conveniently located across the street from the Civics Art Plaza. We are practicing CDC guidelines, so please call ahead for availability and instructions. Or go to www.athensservices.com/thousand-oaks/, or call us at (805) 852-5264.
Athens Services is a recycling and waste diversion leader in Southern California. Family-owned and -operated since 1957, Athens was founded on the simple principle of providing exceptional service, by hiring and developing great people, while fostering a safe, healthy, and sustainable environment; that’s The Athens Way. Today, Athens Services teams up with local communities, as well as private institutions and government agencies as their zero waste partner.