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City of Whittier

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 Whittier
Resources

Information, standards, and special instructions!

Holiday Schedule

Athens Services observes the following holidays:

New Year’s Day

Memorial Day

Independence Day

Labor Day

Thanksgiving

Christmas Day

If your collection day falls on a holiday, you will be serviced on your next scheduled service day. 

Billing

Billing for solid waste management services was transitioned from the City of Whittier to Athens Services on Wednesday, November 1, 2017.

Athens utilizes a different billing timeline than the City of Whittier, which billed all customers bi-monthly and in arrears. Athens Services bills Whittier commercial customers monthly, in advance.

Our Customer Service department is happy to answer any questions to help clarify the billing system. We can be reached at (866) 260-4667, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Monday through Friday, and 7:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

Click here to enroll in paperless billing and pay your bill online.

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.

For collection 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.

Additional Resources

To contact Whittier City Hall, visit the City of Whittier website.


Material and Reuse Donation

Instead of discarding unwanted items, give them a new life through donation.

Not only will you reduce waste to landfills and save resources, you may also be helping someone in need. See below for local organizations that accept donated appliances, books, clothing, furniture, working electronics, food, tools, toys, and more. Please call ahead to confirm hours of operation and acceptable items. You can also check with your local schools and daycare centers, as they may need gently used toys, books, magazines, computers, office and party supplies or miscellaneous items for crafts.

 

11The Free Store - Residential Services - The Free Store is like a thrift store, but free! - Material and Reuse Donation - La Mirada & Whitter - Donation Location Center - Athens Services - Donations are made during store hours through a check-in process with the volunteer clerks. No drop-off donations accepted.

12907 Hadley St.
Whittier, CA 90601

(cross street Comstock; enter through gate on Hadley)
Hours of Operation:
Only open Sundays, 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Contact: Megan Hobza
megan.hobza@gocatalyst.org 

Interested in donating goods to your community?
See below for more resources!

11Goodwill Industries - Residential Services - Material and Reuse Donation - La Mirada & Whitter - Donation Location Center - Athens Services - Acceptable items: clothing, household items, and furniture of all sizes. They do NOT accept mattresses, large home appliances (i.e. stoves, washing machines, and refrigerators.), or household hazardous waste.

Goodwill Industries

Acceptable items: Clothing, household items, and furniture of all sizes. They do not accept mattresses, large home appliances (e.g. stoves, washing machines, and refrigerators.) or household hazardous waste.

15214 Whittier Blvd.
Whittier, CA 90603

(562) 789-0697
Drop-off hours:
Monday-Saturday, 9am – 9pm
Sunday, 10am – 7pm

14535 Telegraph Rd.
La Mirada, CA 90638

(562) 946-8518
Drop-off hours:
Monday –Saturday, 9am – 9pm
Sunday, 10am – 8pm

11Whittier Libraries - Athens Services- Material and Reuse Donation - Residential Services - Acceptable items: the Whittier libraries accept books, magazines, videos & DVDs. The Friends of the Library is the main donation location and can accept larger quantities.

Whittier Libraries

Acceptable items: The Whittier libraries
accept books, magazines, videos and DVDs. The Friends of the Library is the main donation location and can accept larger quantities.

Central Library
7344 Washington Ave.
Whittier, CA 90602

(562) 567-9900

Whittwood Branch Library
10537 Santa Gertrudes Ave.
Whittier, CA 90603

(562) 567-9950

Friends of the Library Bookstore
Accepts large quantities of books & magazines
6703 Comstock Ave.

Whittier, CA 90601
(562) 696-4498
Drop-off hours:
Tuesday & Thursday, 10am – 2pm
Friday, 9am – 12pm
Saturday, 10am – 2pm

11Whittier Salvation Army - Athens Services- Material and Reuse Donation - Residential Services - Acceptable items: Call first to confirm acceptable items per location. They do not accept anything broken or in need of repair.

Salvation Army

Acceptable items: Call first to confirm acceptable items per location. They do not accept anything broken or in need of repair.

Salvation Army, Pick-Up Option: (800) 958-7825 (call to confirm your zip code is serviced and what items are accepted)

12000 Washington Blvd. Suite 102
Whittier, CA 90606
(562) 696-9562
Drop-off hours:
Monday-Friday, 9am – 5pm
Note: This location accepts clothing and small household items. They do not accept furniture or mattresses.

7926 Pickering Ave.
Whittier, CA 90602

(562) 698-8348
Drop-off hours: Call to confirm

11Whittier Area First Day Coalition - Residential Services - Athens Services- Material and Reuse Donation - Acceptable items: Adult clothing; bicycles; gently used household items, furniture, and small electronics; newer fridges; clean linens; and dishes. (They do NOT accept mattresses or beds.)

Whittier Area First Day Coalition

Acceptable items: Adult clothing; bicycles; gently used household items, furniture, and small electronics; newer fridges; clean linens; and dishes. (They do not accept mattresses or beds.)

12426 Whittier Blvd. 
Whittier, CA 90602
(562) 945-4304
Drop-off hours:
Monday-Friday, 9am – 5pm

11Interfaith Food Center - Athens Services - Residential Services - Sante Fe Springs - Material and Reuse Donation - Acceptable items: food, toys, and baby needs. They also collect clean plastic bags and egg cartons.

Interfaith Food Center

Acceptable items: Food, toys, and baby needs. They also collect clean plastic bags and egg cartons.

11819 Burke St.
Sante Fe Springs, CA 90670

(562) 903-1478
Drop-off hours:
Monday, Thursday, and Friday, 8am – 3pm
Tuesday, 8am – 6pm
Wednesday, 8am – 12pm

11Whittier - Women & Children’s Crisis Shelter - Residential Services - Athens Services- Material and Reuse Donation - Acceptable items: clothing, toys, toiletries, and small household and kitchen items.

Women & Children’s Crisis Shelter

Acceptable items: Clothing, toys, toiletries, and small household and kitchen items.

13203 Hadley Street, Suite 103
Whittier, CA 90601

(562) 945-3937
Drop-off hours:
Monday-Friday, 8am – 5pm

Events/News

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How UCLA Increases Recycling on Campus

UCLA and Athens Services have been zero waste partners since 2008. During that time, the two organizations have formed a successful partnership with the goal of landfill avoidance. Recently, they collaborated on the production of an educational video to promote the importance of UCLA’s source-separation waste program. The video also demonstrates the partnership between UCLA...
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A Time to Say “Thank You” to Our Waste and Recycling Heroes

Waste and recycling professionals work hard every day to protect the environment for all of us. We’ve all seen the drivers who collect our waste and recycling, but there are many more workers behind the scenes. All of them deserve our thanks for the work they do.
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11

Francisco Lopez City Council Honors Athens Safety Hero

On a normal Saturday afternoon, while many settled in or prepared for a night out, Francisco Lopez, a 20-year Athens Services loyalist, was clocking in for his shift. For the past few years, Francisco has made it his responsibility to protect the Irwindale Yard and the Athens fleet as a career. A career that he...
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11

Cleaning Up the Community: Whittier Greenway Trail

In celebration of Earth Day, Athens Services team members grabbed trash picks and did their part in “Keeping Whittier Prettier” during the city’s annual cleanup of the Greenway Trail. Along with the Whittier Police and Parks and Recreation departments, Athens helped beautify one of Whittier’s most frequented trails. Filled with flowers and luscious greenery, the...
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11

Clearing the Air: 3 Ways to Tackle Food Waste

The implementation of SB 1383 in 2022 marks a big shift in how Californians handle their food waste. For the first time, residents and businesses need to put their leftover food not with their trash but with their green waste.
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11

Los Angeles County’s Largest Materials Recovery Facility and Transfer Station Breaks Ground

Athens Services has broken ground on a new materials recovery facility (MRF) and transfer station in the City of Irwindale.
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Athens Services Meets Los Angeles Landfill Reduction Targets

Athens Services has reached a major milestone by meeting targets set by the City of Los Angeles to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills. The Los Angeles Sanitation and Environment Department (LASAN) reported the results in its 2020 recycLA Progress report.
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11

Reducing Single-Use Plastics

Single-use plastics are plastic items that are used only once and then thrown away. Some examples are plastic snack bags, plastic grocery bags, plastic straws, and plastic bottles.
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11

Recycle Your Tree Responsibly This Holiday Season

Athens Services collects and recycles more than 100,000 Christmas trees each holiday season. 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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