Athens Services in the Community – Q1 2022

Making a positive impact on local communities

Local Team Member Spotlight

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Home Town Hero

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A New Era of Recycling

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A Major Leap Forward for a Cleaner Future

Athens Breaks Ground on New Recovery Facility in Irwindale

Athens Services broke ground on a new materials recovery facility (MRF) and transfer station in the City of Irwindale. The facility will specialize in diverting waste from landfills and will help communities meet their environmental goals.

Support Local Businesses: West Covina

Titas of Manila Serves – and Saves – Traditional Filipino Food 

The best meals always come from the heart, and that’s certainly true at Titas of Manila Filipino Kitchen in West Covina. Owner Charina Vergara serves traditional home-style recipes for the city’s burgeoning Filipino community while keeping organics recycling at the forefront.

 

Compost – The Organics Solution to Throwing Away Food

Composting Clears the Air While Reducing Food Waste 

Beginning in January 2022 all Californians were subject to SB 1383, California’s Organics Recycling Law, requiring all residents and businesses to separate organics waste into a separate green organics container. This separated organics waste is collected and recycled into nutrient-rich compost, used to grow plants and vegetables.

Local Team Member Spotlight

Santa Paula Native Takes Pride in Keeping City Clean

Helping Neighbors in Santa Paula



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Local Team Member Spotlight

Santa Paula Native Takes Pride in Keeping City Clean

Yarely Huerta has provided customer service for Santa Paula residents at Athens Services’ Main Street office for the past couple of years. For Yarely, her work is more than a job; as a lifelong resident of Santa Paula, helping her neighbors and preserving a clean environment in the city are goals she is committed to personally and professionally.

From Green Waste to Green Gardens

Athens Compost Keeps Community Garden Growing

Community Garden Flourishes with Compost

From Green Waste to Green Gardens

Athens Compost Keeps Community Garden Growing

Every year, Athens returns compost to cities throughout Southern California as part of our commitment to divert beneficial resources from landfills. For example, Athens has donated more than 60 tons of compost to the Los Flores Community Garden, the largest community garden in Ventura County. The compost started as green and food waste from residential and commercial customers and made its way back to the community garden.

Home Town Hero

Heroic Security Guard Stops a Fire From Spreading  

Keeping a Cool Head Under Fire



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Home Town Hero

Heroic Security Guard Stops a Fire From Spreading

Athens Services Security Guard Francisco Lopez was cool under fire – literally – when a fire broke out after hours at Athens’ Irwindale Yard. He moved other trucks away, called 911, and used a fire extinguisher to fight the blaze until the local fire department arrived. His quick thinking and actions prevented the fire from spreading to other trucks, other buildings in the yard, or beyond. Thank you, Francisco; you’re a true hero!

A New Era of Recycling

Athens Completes Glendale Service Transition

Leading Glendale Into a New Age of Recycling

A New Era of Recycling

Athens Completes Glendale Service Transition

In January 2022, Athens collaborated with the City of Glendale to implement a new waste and recycling program with the goal of complying with new recycling laws, including SB 1383. Over the course of five days, the Athens team delivered 2,600 new containers to customers and provided education on the new program. Today more Glendale customers are recycling than ever before.

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