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City of Monterey Park

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 Monterey Park
Resources

Information, standards, and special instructions!

Holiday Schedule

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

New Year’s Day

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

The RECYCLING container is for the collection of commingled recyclables such as aluminum/tin foil and trays (clean); aseptic containers, juice boxes and milk cartons; cans (aluminum, bi-metal, and tin); cardboard; envelopes; glass bottles and jars; junk mail; magazines; all metal; newspaper; office paper; paperback books; paper grocery bags; all clean plastic bags and film plastic (grocery, dry cleaning, packaging, etc.); plastic containers (1-7); shredded paper (bagged); and wrapping paper (with no metal). NO FOOD WASTE, LIQUIDS, ORGANICS, PACKAGING PEANUTS, PET WASTE, TRASH, OR TREE/YARD TRIMMINGS.
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LANDFILL

The LANDFILL container is for non-recyclable trash such as bathroom waste, candy bar wrappers, ceramics/porcelain, chip bags, cigarette butts, diapers, disposable gloves, foam to-go containers and cups, juice pouches, packaging peanuts, palm fronds, pet waste, succulents and cacti, yucca leaves and other solid waste materials considered to be no longer of use. Food scraps, organics waste, or food soiled paper and boxes can be placed in your landfill container if an organics container is not being utilized.

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 Monterey Park City Hall, visit the City of Monterey Park website.

 

Events/News

5 Rising Stars Who Found the Right Environment for Growth in the Recycling Industry

There has never been a better time to consider a career in environmental services. The recycling industry, in particular, is growing, and so is Athens Services.
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Customer Service Week – Six of our Best and Brightest

The Power of Service is Customer Service Week’s theme for 2021. At Athens Services, we leverage the power of service every single day. Every one of our 1,700 team members, 1,000 vehicles, and facilities are used to delivery exceptional service daily. These are the powerful aspects of our business that help Athens deliver exceptional service...
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Shared Vision in Family Values between Father and Daughter

Cesar Ortiz and his daughter Angelea (Lea) are proud to be a part of a family-owned company that still believes in family values. Cesar manages a team of street-sweepers, while Lea helps businesses comply with State recycling laws, like SB 1383 designed to help reduce greenhouse gasses in California.
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West LA Condo Manager Knows What It Takes to Recycle Successfully

Multifamily buildings such as apartments and condominiums present a unique challenge for successful recycling. Athens Services customer Judy Orlanski is more than up to the task.
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Athens Services Employee Discusses Company Culture at American Organics

For American Organics’ Angie Morris, checking green waste loads at Athens Services’ Victorville composting facility is unseemly fun.
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How to Recycle Batteries in Four Easy Steps

Ever wonder what to do with your old batteries? You are not alone. According to Call2Recyle, nearly 3 out of 10 Americans are not sure how to dispose of their old batteries. Many either throw them in the trash or end up putting them in the recycling container.
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Athens Services Launches New Sustainability Center in Thousand Oaks

Athens Services formally announces the launch of its new Sustainability Center, the first-ever dedicated to environmental sustainability for Thousand Oaks residents. The center is located at 2251 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Residents are able to come in and learn about waste reduction, recycling and composting.
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How a Running Springs Thrift Store Helps Make Gems Out of Trash.

We’ve all faced the issue of what to do with clothing or household items we no longer need or use but are too good to throw away. Finding a nearby thrift store or donation center to take them to can be challenging.
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Meet the Athens Services Team Who Keeps Your City Clean

The week of June 17 is Waste and Recycling Workers Week. This national observance recognizes the vital role of waste and recycling workers in keeping our cities safe and clean.
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