CalMet Services is Now Part of
Athens Services

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Dear CalMet Services Customer:

Effective April 1, 2022, Athens Services has acquired CalMet Services. On behalf of everyone at Athens Services, I would like to welcome you to the Athens Family. As a family-owned and operated company, Athens values our team members, customers, and communities.

We look forward to introducing you to The Athens Way. Our mission is to provide exceptional service, by hiring and developing great people, while fostering a safe, healthy, and sustainable environment.

Over the course of the next few months, you will start to see trucks changing from CalMet to Athens, but the great drivers and employees will not change, nor will the great service that you have come to expect. This is our commitment to you. More information will be communicated soon.

Again, welcome to the Athens Family. We look forward to serving you. Together, we will continue to maintain a safe, healthy, and sustainable environment in our community.

Sincerely,

Gary Clifford

Executive Vice President

Athens Services

CalMet Frequently Asked Questions

General

What is happening with CalMet Services?

Athens Services acquired CalMet Services effective April 1, 2022. On behalf of everyone at Athens Services, we would like to welcome you to the Athens Family. As a family-owned and operated company, Athens values our team members, customers, and communities.

Who is Athens?

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.

How will this change impact me?

Over the next few months, you will see trucks changing from CalMet to Athens. The great drivers and employees you have known will not change, nor will the great service that you have come to expect. This is our commitment to you. More information will be communicated soon.

Where do I get more information?

You can get more information on AthensServices.com/CalMet

Billing

Will my account number change?

Yes, eventually, Athens Services will commence billing you for services. This will require your account number to change.

When will I get my new invoice?

You will receive a new Athens invoice in the coming months. We will notify you a few days before your new invoice is mailed.

What do I need to do?

No action is required from you until you receive the new Athens invoice.

Will my rates change?

Your rates will not change because of the acquisition.

Who do I call to pay my bill?

You can call the customer service number on the invoice.

How do I pay my new bill?

Once you receive the new Athens invoice, you can pay by visiting AthensServices.com/billing.

Is there a senior discount?

Senior discounts are approved and available based on the existing franchise agreement. For more information on senior discounts, please contact customer services at your earliest convenience.

Services

Will my service day change?

At this point, we do not anticipate a change in your service days.

Why am I still seeing CalMet trucks?

It will take several months to replace CalMet trucks. In the meantime, we will begin rebranding the vehicles.

Will my containers change?

At this point, we do not plan on changing your containers.

Who do I call for bulky item pickup?

You can go to AthensServices.com/bulky-item-pickup or call customer service.

What resource do I use if I have more questions?

With Athens, you will have access to an extensive library of outreach materials, among other services. For more information, please visit us at Athens Services.

What will happen to my driver?

Drivers and routes will remain the same.

Service

Athens was founded in 1957 on the simple principle of providing excellent service at the most value. Today, we collaborate with more than 32 communities to provide waste, recycling, and organic waste collection, as well as street sweeping and recyclable material processing.

Athens proposes an enhanced all-inclusive service package for the City of Chino Hills. The proposal includes a source separation program for residential customers that will maximize landfill diversion. For commercial and multifamily dwellings, we propose a mixed-waste processing program that will alleviate the need for a second container in a community burdened with space constraints.

We are confident that the proposal we have assembled will provide the best service at the most value to the community.

People

Athens believes in hiring and developing the best people. We have a successful track record of extending employment opportunities to personnel displaced during an acquisition or merger. Through the partnership with the City of Chino Hills, Athens will extend employment opportunities with similar or better benefits and compensation to any employee of the incumbent displaced during the transition, if Athens is awarded the privilege of serving the City.

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Environment

Utilizing nearly 60 years of experience, we will launch a comprehensive outreach and education initiative called HEART (Healthier Environments with Athens Recycling ) to engage the community in recycling and food waste rescue and composting. HEART will engage residents, businesses, and institutions in environmental programs and recycling best practices to promote a healthy, safe, and sustainable environment in Chino Hills.

Athens is a landfill avoidance company. Our waste diversion, recyclables material recovery, organics, and compost programs promote sustainable and healthy environments for the community. In the last few years, we have combined over 60 years of experience with the most innovative recycling technology to help communities, like Chino Hills, reach their waste reduction and recycling recovery goals.

The Athens Way

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After more than 60 years, Athens Services remains a family-owned and operated company built on an unwavering commitment to service, its employees, and the environment. At the core of its success is The Athens Way, a business philosophy that underscores a company culture which:

  • Emphasizes superior customer service;
  • Respects and celebrates employees and promotes workplace safety; and
  • Embraces environmental stewardship through the use of clean technology to increase recycling and landfill diversion.

Founded by Jack Arakelian in 1957 as a trash hauling company with just two trucks, today Athens Services is the largest privately held environmental services company in Southern California. With more than a quarter of a million customers in 50 cities and county areas, a fleet of more than 900 vehicles, and a portfolio of facilities that includes two state-of-the-art materials recovery facilities, Athens Services’ future is as bright as its storied past.

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  • 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
  • 250,000 residential, commercial, and industrial customers
  • 400+ collection, hauling, and container vehicles
  • 28 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
  • Helped the 100-year old Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum go from zero percent diversion to zero waste in two football seasons

Look out for more information in the coming weeks!

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