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.
Holidays create a one-day delay in collection service. Athens Services observes the following holidays:
New Year’s Day
If a holiday falls on a Sunday, waste collection services will not be delayed.
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.
The contents of this container will be delivered to Athens Services’ Materials Recovery Facility and sorted for recyclables. ( Click here to watch a video on our high-tech facility.)
The following items are LANDFILL bound and considered non-recyclable trash: 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 mixed waste container if an organics container is not being utilized.
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).
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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7:00 AM – 12:00 PM NOON SATURDAY
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