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City of Irwindale

Your Partner to Achieving a Zero Waste Future

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 250,000 customers in the 50+ communities we serve. Through reuse, recycling and composting, Athens diverts valuable resources from landfills.

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
SundayClosed

City of Irwindale
Resources

Information, standards, and special instructions!

To contact Irwindale City Hall, visit the City of Irwindale website 

Holiday Schedule

Holidays create a one-day delay in collection service. Athens Services observes the following holidays:

New Year’s Day

Cesar Chavez

Memorial Day

Independence Day

Labor Day

Thanksgiving

Christmas Day

If a holiday falls on a Sunday, waste collection services will not be delayed.

Container Dimensions/Guidelines

Athens Services provides an array of different container types. Customized bin orders are also available.

Customers should adhere to the following container guidelines to ensure smooth, uninterrupted service:

  • Please do not overload or overfill trash bins.
  • Promote worker safety by not placing bulky or heavy material in or around the bin.
  • Avoid health and safety code violations. Do not place the following in your bin: Hazardous Waste, E-Waste, or Medical Waste.
  • All refuse must be placed inside the container with the lids closed. Any refuse that is placed alongside or above the sides of container will not be collected.
  • Dirt, rock, concrete, and other construction debris are NOT allowed in trash bins.

What Goes in My Container?

RECYCLING & LANDFILL

Athens Services separates the recycling from the trash at our Materials Recovery Facility. Food scraps, organics waste, or food soiled paper and boxes can be placed in your general container if a green organics cart is not being utilized. Click here to watch a video on our high-tech facility.

ORGANICS (including food scraps)

The ORGANICS container is for collection of green waste including plant matter, tree trimmings, and yard trimmings; food scraps including all fruits, vegetables, meat, and dairy; and food-soiled paper products that are 100% fiber based. NO BUILDING MATERIALS; CACTI, SUCCULENTS, or YUCCA; CONCRETE; DIRT; PALM FRONDS; PET WASTE; SAND; STONES; TRASH; OR TREE TRIMMINGS (LARGER THAN 4 INCHES IN DIAMETER OR 4 FEET IN LENGTH).

DO NOT PLACE IN CONTAINERS:

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

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

Automotive Parts

Batteries

Cleaning Products

Construction & Demolition Waste

Fluorescent Light Bulbs or Tubes

Electronic Waste

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. Examples include (but are not limited to): computers and accessories, circuit boards, extension cords, flashlights, 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 hereThe most common materials are:  concrete, wood, drywall, asphalt shingles, and asphalt pavement.

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; sharps waste; solvents; and more.

County of Los Angeles, S.A.F.E. Collection Center takes small business quantities by appointment only by calling (213) 485-2260. For collection of larger quantities of hazardous waste, please click here to contact Athens Services for an estimate.

BULKY ITEMS

Athens Services encourages reuse and donation of bulky items whenever possible.

If this is not an option, Athens will, upon request only, remove bulky items, including major appliances and furniture. Please do not place bulky items or electronics in your trash containers. Doing so may cause an interruption in your service.

To schedule a pick-up, please call Athens Services at (855) 557-1007, or complete a Request Services form and select “Bulky Item Pick-Up.”

AB 341 - Recycling Diversion

If you are an Athens Services customer, then YES – you are compliant with AB 341! Athens Services is at the forefront of recycling, investing in the facilities and technology that improve our environment and prepare our communities for the future.

To learn more about this regulation and how it applies to your city, visit our AB 341 page.

AB 1826 - Organics Diversion

In October 2014, California passed Assembly Bill 1826 requiring all businesses, including multi-family dwellings, to recycle their organics waste. To learn more about this regulation and how it applies to your business, visit our AB 1826 page.

Street Sweeping

Your city contracts with Athens Services for their street sweeping needs. Visit our Street Sweeping page to learn more and view a map with service days and areas.

 

Additional Resources

To contact Irwindale City Hall, visit the City of Irwindale website 

Events/News

Meet Riel Johnson, Athens Services’ Zero Waste Pioneer

In only 11 years, Riel Johnson has developed several innovative recycling technology “firsts”: Artificial intelligence and optical sorters at materials recovery facilities; Auger screening equipment to filter green waste for composting; Organic separation presses to squeeze liquids from waste for processing into fuel.
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Working for Environmental Justice: Protecting the Environment for All

Your grandparents or parents most likely spent most of their lives dumping all of their waste into one bin that was destined for the landfill. Times have changed. Recycling is now a normal part of everyday life. Companies like Athens Services have made major investments to reduce the environmental impact of landfills.
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The Power of Composting: A Valuable Solution to an Earth-sized Problem

The disposal of green waste, also called organics, in landfills has a destructive impact on the environment. It takes up a lot of space and produces harmful gases that contribute to climate change. However, if recycled, organic waste can make the Earth safer, healthier, and more sustainable. Organics waste can not only help the environment...
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How One Young Man Found His Career in an Athens Truck

Week after week, Raul Flores watched Athens Services collection trucks from the counter of the retail store where he worked. One day, he asked the Athens driver what the job was like. “It’s not for everyone,” was the reply.
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Put Your Overfilled Containers on a Diet in 2021

Overflowing trash and recycling containers are not only unsightly but also potentially hazardous to Athens Services drivers, traffic, and the environment. They can also be a magnet for wild animals, insects, and bacteria.
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Athens Services Featured in Conejo Valley Lifestyle Magazine

Athens Services is committed to environmental sustainability. The latest example is the opening of its new Thousand Oaks Sustainability Center. Athens Executive Vice President Gary Clifford and Territory Sales Manager Matt Trouts discuss the company, its culture, and how the center will benefit Conejo Valley residents in the January 2021 issue of Conejo Valley Lifestyle.
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State of the Waste Industry: Recycling in the Age of COVID-19

The business of effectively separating recyclable material from waste has always posed a challenge. Sorting numerous materials mingled together is complex and difficult because of the machinery and workforce required.
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How to Recycle Your Holiday Tree Responsibly

Athens Services will collect and recycle approximately 100,000 holiday trees this year. According to Statista, each holiday tree disposed of at a landfill will generate 35 pounds of greenhouse gases as it decomposes.
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Athens Services Offers Thousand Oaks a More Environmentally Sustainable Future

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...
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