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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

May 29, 2019

Athens Services and UCLA join to “Feed People, Not Landfills”

Many people in the United States go to bed hungry every night. Among them are surprising numbers of college students, even at elite schools. Some of those schools have implemented programs aimed at alleviating food insecurity on their campuses. One such example is the UCLA Community Programs Office (CPO) cross-cultural center, which has been helping...
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May 29, 2019

Athens Services and Global Green Launch Recycling Ambassador Training in LA

Athens Services, one of the leading providers of waste management and recycling services in the City of Los Angeles, and Global Green USA, the American affiliate of Green Cross International, have created an innovative program to help Los Angeles condominium and apartment owners and residents better manage their waste and recycling. About 70 tenants and...
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Athens Truck side view
May 22, 2018

Athens’ Food Waste Role Expands Beyond the “Conventional”

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...
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Athens company photo
July 3, 2017

Athens Recycling Coordinator Talks with VICE Impact

VICE Impact sat down with Athens Recycling Coordinator Brian Hunter to talk about about his work in the new recycLA program. He shared why he’s passionate about his new role and some of the goals that he and other Athens RC’s hope to accomplish. Brian thinks he and other millennials are attracted to the sustainability...
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recycLA Logo
June 29, 2017

Athens Services Joins Green Ribbon Council to Promote recycLA

To help Los Angeles get to zero waste, Athens Services has joined LA Sanitation’s Green Ribbon Council. We’re excited to work together with business, civic and community leaders to help increase public awareness of the new recycLA program.
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June 16, 2017

LA Coliseum Reaches Zero Waste with Help From Athens Services

BioCycle magazine has profiled Athens’ zero waste partnership with the L.A. Memorial Coliseum, home of the USC Trojans and Los Angeles Rams. Our efforts helped the stadium go from zero percent diversion to zero waste in two football seasons. Athens Major Account/Food Waste Manage Jennifer Cilloniz described how our American Organics composting facility was a...
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April 22, 2017

First Max-AI Technology Unit Installed at Athens Sun Valley MRF

Athens’ state-of-the-art Sun Valley MRF has taken another leap forward with the addition of the BHS Max-AI Autonomous Quality Control (QC) unit. The robotic sorter is able to make multiple sorting decisions autonomously at a faster rate than manual sorting. Having this machine will allow us to improve operational efficiency, recovery, system optimization, maintenance and...
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April 22, 2017

Sun Valley Selected as MRF of the Month by Resource Recycling

Resource Recycling magazine has selected Athens’ Sun Valley MRF as its “MRF of the Month” for April. Our facility was spotlighted due to our advanced technology and our exceptionally high recovery rate of 98%. General Manager Riel Johnson noted “In several cases, we’ve taken the residue from recycling companies and recovered enormous value from their...
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