Athens Services appreciates the opportunity to serve Southern California. We work hard to earn your trust to haul away the trash, reduce waste through recycling, and sweep your streets.

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Community Service in Action

Athens Services appreciates the opportunity to serve Southern California. We work hard to earn your trust to haul away the trash, reduce waste through recycling, and sweep your streets. Beyond being a service provider,

Athens Services collaborates with residents, businesses, schools, and civic organizations dedicated to the betterment of their communities. Athens actively supports local groups with sponsorships and events. This year, the pandemic’s impact has led to some activities’ curtailment to avoid large crowds. However, even in the age of COVID-19, Athens continues to reach out, stay connected, and support worthwhile programs and endeavors.

We are proud to share with you some of the ways Athens Services and our employees gave back to our communities during the late summer and early fall of 2020.


Athens Services is honored to recognize first responders in our cities. We are grateful for their service. And we are proud to count among our employees several former first responders and military personnel, including reserve officers. Due to COVID-19 safety protocols, the Irwindale Chamber could not host its annual First Responder’s Breakfast. In its place, the Chamber organized a parade on September 10 that started and ended at the Irwindale Chamber. What made this year’s celebration even more special was that the parade took place on the birthday of Irwindale Mayor Albert Ambriz, a former Marine with 30 years of service. It was our privilege to lead the parade with Mayor Ambriz riding in an Athens collection truck, one of several Athens vehicles in the parade, past the Irwindale Police Station and Los Angeles County Fire Department Station 48.


In collaboration with the City of Norwalk, Athens Services sponsored the City’s annual Environmental Awareness Scholarship on September 8. The program awards college scholarships to five high school seniors who are active in the community and participate in environmental initiatives. This year’s scholarship recipients are Natalie Alexis Juarez, Kathy Luna, Ubaldo Ortiz, Evelyn Paniagua, and Stephanie Raya. We were proud to support these young minds in their efforts to further their education and protect our planet.


The popular Camp Covina summer youth program was held in August in compliance with COVID-19 safety guidelines. Athens Services staff shared with campers information on recycling and how Athens leads the way to a more sustainable future.

Recycling Coordinator Michelle Parias provided presentations to introduce children to recycling. Topics included tips for reducing single-use plastics, an overview of organic waste, and how to recycle bottles and cans at home. Camp attendees learned how to reduce food waste. The program’s highlight included a visit from Athens Fleet Safety Trainer Juan Perez, who gave a special truck demonstration. Children could see the truck up close, touch it, and even climb into the cab.


To help protect first responders during the pandemic, Athens Services donated hand sanitizers to firefighters and police officers in Covina, Whittier, and other cities throughout our service area on September 3. We support these local heroes and hope these small tokens will help keep them safe and healthy as they put their lives on the line to serve our communities.


Glendora neighbors and friends celebrated the 95th birthday of WWII Marine Corps veteran Carl Harstine on August 29 with a parade to honor his lifetime of service to his country and community. Athens Services joined the parade with a new, near-zero-emissions collection truck fueled by clean-burning compressed natural gas. A long line of cars driven by neighbors and well-wishers passed by Harstine’s home to celebrate his birthday. He waved from his decorated front yard, decked out in his dress uniform, standing and saluting. It was a fitting neighborhood tribute to a well-loved local figure.

Harstine joined the Marines in 1942 when he was only 17 years old. As a member of the 3rd Division, he served his country admirably and was awarded four medals for his service. After the war, Harstine married his high school sweetheart. They raised two children and have lived in the same home since 1978. He is active in his community and supports local veterans’ organizations.


There’s a special bond between children and Athens’ drivers. Some children wait patiently each week to wave as the truck picks up their containers. It’s not unusual for them to bring water or other gifts to the drivers. And our employees are happy to share a wave, a smile, a honk of the horn, or even a birthday gift. Here’s a roundup of some cute and cuddly celebrations over the past three months, from South Pasadena to West L.A. to Redondo Beach. We appreciate the love from these little zero-waste heroes, and are always eager to find ways to give that love back.

Service – People – Environment

Athens Services is a recycling and waste diversion leader in Southern California. Family owned and operated since 1957, Athens was founded on the simple principle of providing exceptional service, by hiring and developing great people, while fostering a safe, healthy, and sustainable environment, that’s The Athens Way. Today, Athens Services teams up with local communities, as well as private institutions and government agencies as their zero waste partner.