Commercial Waste Collection
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.Through reuse, recycling and composting, Athens diverts valuable resources from landfills.
Collection services for commercial customers take place Monday – Saturday from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm
HOURS OF OPERATION
Information, standards, and special instructions!
Holidays create a one-day delay in collection service. Athens Services observes the following holidays:
If a holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, waste collection services will not be delayed.
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 any Athens container
- Promote worker safety by not placing bulky or heavy material in or around the bin
- Avoid health and safety code violations by not placing the following in your bin: Hazardous Waste, E-Waste, or Medical Waste
- All waste must be placed inside the container with the lids closed
- Any waste that is placed alongside or above the sides of the container will not be collected
- Dirt, rock, concrete, and other construction debris are NOT allowed in carts or bins
CA WASTE & RECYCLING LAWS
SB 1383 (2016) SHORT-LIVED CLIMATE POLLUTANT REDUCTION
SB 1383 targets the reduction of methane emissions from landfills. The law establishes targets to achieve a 75% reduction in the level of the statewide disposal of organics waste from the 2014 level by 2025. It also requires that at least 20% of currently disposed edible food be recovered for human consumption statewide by 2025.
Beginning January 1, 2022, all businesses, schools, and multifamily complexes are required to subscribe to an organics collection service and must separate into their green organics container ALL of their green waste, food scraps, and food-soiled paper (100% fiber based).
In addition, Edible Food Generators (considered Tier 1 and Tier 2) must recover the maximum amount of edible food that would otherwise be disposed of, arrange for food donation and collection through contracts or written agreements with food recovery organizations or services, and maintain food donation records.
For more information on SB 1383, please visit AthensServices.com/SB-1383.
AB 1826 (2014) MANDATORY COMMERCIAL ORGANICS RECYCLING
This bill requires businesses and multifamily buildings (of 5 or more units) that generate 2 cubic yards or more of solid waste per week to arrange for organics recycling services. As of January 1, 2022, all businesses are required to follow the SB 1383 regulations.
AB 341 (2011) MANDATORY COMMERCIAL RECYCLING
To further California’s recycling efforts, AB 341 established a statewide recycling goal of 75% by 2020. This law requires California commercial or public entities that generate four (4) or more cubic yards of solid waste per week, and multifamily dwellings of five (5) or more units, to arrange for recycling services. As of January 1, 2022, all businesses are required to follow the SB 1383 regulations.
WHAT GOES IN MY CONTAINER?
Correctly reduce, reuse, recycle, compost, or dispose of unwanted items; check out Athens’ interactive “What Goes Where Guide.’’
Visit Athens’ Outreach Materials & Resources page for downloadable signage, Recycling Cheat Sheet, and additional resources.
If empty of liquid and food, the following is acceptable in your blue recycling container.
- Plastic #1 beverage bottles/ jugs (with cap) & to-go clamshells
- Plastic #2 & #5 detergent jugs & food containers
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:
- Plastics numbers 4 & 7
- Cereal boxes (remove bag), egg cartons, frozen food boxes, & soup/milk/juice cartons
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
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
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:
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.
Waste material generated during the construction, renovation, or demolition of a location cannot be placed in a standard cart or bin. Examples of C&D materials include, but are not limited to, asphalt, bricks, carpet, concrete, dirt, doors, drywall, earth, glass, construction, and cabinet lumber, masonry materials, pallets, pipes, plastics, plumbing fixtures, rocks, salvaged building components, scrap metal, roof shingles, tile, and windows.
E-waste, hazardous waste, and u-waste is NOT accepted in any Athens container and must be disposed of through alternative collection methods. 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 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.
LA Sanitation (LASAN) operates several S.A.F.E. Collection Centers and accepts, for a fee, small business quantities of hazardous waste. Appointments are required. For more information on the Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator (CESQG) program, visit LACitySan.org/safecenters.
For collection of larger quantities of hazardous waste, click here to contact Athens for an estimate.
HOW TO HANDLE BATTERIES
It is illegal to place batteries in your waste bins. Batteries should be disposed of as hazardous waste. They can spark fires or create an unsafe environment for waste workers. If properly collected, battery recyclers can repurpose the metal. Use these storage tips to avoid short-circuiting and fires:
- Place a piece of non-conductive tape or duct tape on the ends and do not cover the brand name or chemistry of the battery
- Store batteries in a container that does not conduct electricity (like plastic, cardboard, or glass)
Athens Services encourages the 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. Acceptable bulky items include, but are not limited to, dryers, mattresses, refrigerators, rugs, tree trunks, washing machines, and water heaters.
Automobile parts, construction debris, hazardous waste, and heavy items (such as pool tables and pianos) are NOT allowed as part of a bulky item pickup nor should they be placed in any Athens container. Doing so may cause an interruption in your service.
To schedule a collection, please submit a Bulky Item Pickup Request or call the Athens Customer Care Center at (888) 314-0061.
FOOD DONATION & MATERIAL REUSE
Feed people, not landfills! In Los Angeles County, 1 in 4 people are struggling with food insecurity and lack reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. Businesses are encouraged to partner with a food recovery organization for the donation of surplus, edible food.
Food donations are legally protected in California and supported by the California Department of Public Health. AB 1219 (California Good Samaritan Food Donation Act) and the federal Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act provide liability protections for entities that make good faith donations of surplus food.
Senate Bill 1383 requires some businesses to arrange for the recovery of the maximum amount of their edible food that would otherwise go to waste. Businesses are required to partner with a food recovery organization and to maintain donation records. For more information on potential partners and implementation requirements, visit AthensServices.com/FoodDonation.
Athens will be providing street sweeping services in the city. If street sweeping falls on one of Athens’ observed holidays, street sweeping will be delayed by one day.
Learn more about the City of Pomona’s Waste & Recycling Programs.
Learn more about the steps Pomona is taking to help reduce food waste and recover edible food. Visit bit.ly/pomona-sb1383 for more information.
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Athens Services Partners with the Pomona Public Library for Sustainable Storytime
In collaboration with the Pomona Public Library, Athens held a Sustainable Storytime consisting of children’s book readings, snacks, craft activities, and more, with Rocky the Recycling Raccoon.
Zero Waste Champion Leading Her Team to Victory
Heysell Montes De Oca is a Purchasing & Inventory Specialist at Athens Services who is responsible for ordering truck parts and ensuring their timely delivery. In addition to her primary role, she also serves as the Zero Waste Champion for the City of Industry Materials Recovery Facility. In 2022, Athens Services launched its first company-wide Zero Waste Campaign in celebration of Earth Day, with each location designating a champion to lead them throughout the five-month program.
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7:00 AM – 12:00 PM NOON SATURDAY