Athens Services is partnering with your city to implement food scrap collection for single-family home residents and multifamily complexes. Per Senate Bill 1383, single-family home residents and multifamily complexes across California will be required to place into their green waste container ALL of their landscaping waste, food scraps, and food-soiled paper (100% fiber-based).
You will be able to use your green organics container for the collection of landscaping waste, food scraps, and 100% fiber-based, food-soiled paper.
Yes, Athens will accept all types of food scraps. Our American Organics compost facility converts organics waste into nutrient-rich soil amendment. The resulting compost is used by commercial farmers, city projects, garden shops, landscapers, and residents.
To collect your kitchen food scraps, you can choose to use a portable, reusable pail-like container with a tight fitting lid. It could be plastic, metal, or ceramic. Pail options can be purchased or consider reusing a coffee canister, large yogurt or margarine tub, or juice pitcher. Storage ideas can include the kitchen counter, under the sink, in the freezer, or wherever you feel is best.
Landfills are the third largest source of methane in California. Organics waste emits 20% of the state’s methane; a climate super pollutant up to 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide. By diverting organics from the landfill, you are part of the solution in helping to protect the environment and future generations
Athens is here to support the community with this new program and will provide resources and training to help you get started.
If you have any questions about the new organics collection program, please contact the Athens Customer Care Center at (888) 336-6100 or visit AthensServices.com/Food.
PARTICIPATING IS EASY AS 1-2-3
Fill your pail with food scraps and acceptable items. (Liners are optional. Consider newspaper or a paper bag. Plastic bags must be clear.)
Empty pail contents into your green organics container.
3. RINSE & REPEAT
Rinse out pail with soap and water. Fill again. Sprinkle lightly with baking soda to absorb odors.
Athens Tip: Store meat and dairy scraps in a container in your freezer and place in the green organics container on collection day
ACCEPTABLE ORGANICS WASTE
• Flower & hedge trimmings
• Grass clippings
• Leaves & branches
• Lumber, scrap wood, & plywood (not painted or treated)
• Food-stained paper
• Paper egg cartons
• Paper napkins & kitchen towels
• Pizza boxes
• To-go boxes (no coating)
• Wooden & fiber-based utensils
• Bread, rice, & pasta
• Cheese & dairy
• Coffee grounds & filters
• Fruits & vegetables
• Flowers & herbs
• Meat, bones, & poultry
• Seafood & soft shells
• Pet food (non-medicated)
*Must be 100% fiber-based. NO materials with petroleum based plastic, wax, or bio-plastic coating, liner, or laminate.
DO NOT INCLUDE
• All plastics
• Cacti, succulents, & yucca
• Compostable plastics (bioplastics)
• Coffee cups & pods
• Fats, oils, & grease
• Food stickers (please remove)
• Hard shells (clams, mussels, oysters)
• Palm fronds
• Paper napkins & towels with cleaning chemicals
• Parchment & wax paper
• Pet waste
• Rocks & soil
• Rubber bands & twist ties
• Tea bags
• Tissues & wet wipes
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