Your Partner to Achieving a Zero Waste Future
Holidays create a one-day delay in collection service. Athens Services observes the following holidays:
New Year’s Day
If the holiday falls on Monday through Friday, collection services for the remainder of the week will be delayed by one day. If the holiday falls on Friday, service will be delayed until Saturday. If the holiday falls on Saturday or Sunday, there will be no delay in service.
Green Waste: branches; flowers; grass clippings; hedge trimmings; leaves; weeds; & untreated/unpainted lumber, plywood, & scrap wood
Food Scraps: fruits; vegetables; bread; rice; pasta; cheese; dairy; coffee grounds; coffee filters; meat; bones; poultry; seafood; soft shells (e.g. lobster, crab, & shrimp)
*All items must be 100% plant-fiber based with NO petroleum based plastic, wax, or bio-plastic coating, liner, or laminate. Must be soiled ONLY with food or drink liquids.
– 100% fiber based, compostable to-go containers & servingware, egg cartons (paper), paper napkins & kitchen towels, plates, packaging, and pizza boxes
If empty of liquid and food, the following is acceptable in your blue recycling container.
Paper: (clean, dry, and no metal or lamination), magazines, mail, office paper, newspaper, paper bags, & telephone books
Cardboard: broken down cardboard, corrugated fiberboard, & clean pizza boxes
Glass: bottles & jars only (remove lids)
Metals: aluminum cans, foil, & trays, scrap metal, steel cans & tin cans
Acceptable, but may not be recycled currently:
Glass: ceramic, porcelain, & non-food related glass
Food Containers: chip bags, compostable “plant-based plastic,” juice pouches, paper coffee cups, snack bar wrappers, tea bags, & tea wrappers
Paper: bathroom & facial tissues, envelopes (padded and Tyvek), laminated or plastic coated paper, napkins, photographs, & receipts
Plastic: plastics #3 & #6 (hard & foam); all black plastics; bubble wrap; disposable gloves; garden hoses; empty motor oil containers; plastic bags & film (e.g. dry cleaning bags & cellophane); plastic toys; tarps; & small plastics (e.g. utensils, straws, serving cups, etc.)
Misc.: unusable clothing & fabric; cacti & succulents; cigarette butts; diapers; hard shells (e.g. clams, mussels, & oysters); lint; palm fronds; pet waste; produce stickers; & yucca leaves
E-waste, hazardous waste, and u-waste is NOT accepted in any Athens container and must be disposed of through alternative collection methods, as described here. It is illegal to dispose of these items into a waste container, down the drain, or by abandonment.
Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) 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, paint, pesticides, pool chemicals, solvents, and more.
The Thousand Oaks Household Hazardous Waste Facility accepts, for a fee, small business quantities by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, please visit TOaks.org/HHW.
Alternatively, contact the Athens Customer Care Center at (833) 791-2377 or email SpecialWaste@AthensServices.com to schedule a collection of e-waste and/or hazardous waste. Collection and disposal fees will apply.
Commercial customers are encouraged to contact the Athens’ Customer Care Center to request a bulky item pickup, subject to additional charges for each item. Acceptable bulky items include, but are not limited to, dryers, furniture, mattresses, refrigerators, rugs, tree trunks, washing machines, and water heaters.
Automobile parts, construction debris, and hazardous waste are NOT allowed as part of a bulky item pickup or in any Athens container.
For multi-family dwellings with centralized collection service, Athens will provide bulky item pickup once per month on a designated date, at no additional cost.
Please provide us with your inquiry or comments by using the simple email form below or call during our Hours of Service.
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