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Altadena/Kinneloa Mesa

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.
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Collection Day Map

Collection Time

To ensure your trash is collected, please make sure your barrels are out the night before trash day or by 6:00 A.M. the day of service.

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Altadena/Kinneloa Mesa

Information, standards, and special instructions!

Holiday Schedule

Holidays create a one-day delay in collection service. Athens Services observes the following holidays:

New Year’s Day

Memorial Day

Independence Day

Labor Day


Christmas Day

If a holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, waste collection services will not be delayed.

What Goes In My Container?


The RECYCLING container is for the collection of commingled recyclables such as aluminum/tin foil and trays (clean); aseptic containers, juice boxes and milk cartons; cans (aluminum, bi-metal, and tin); cardboard; envelopes;  glass bottles and jars; junk mail; magazines; all metal; newspaper; office paper; paperback books; paper grocery bags; all clean plastic bags and film plastic (grocery, dry cleaning, packaging, etc.); plastic containers (1-7); shredded paper (bagged); and wrapping paper (with no metal). NO FOOD WASTE, LIQUIDS, ORGANICS, PACKAGING PEANUTS, PET WASTE, TRASH, OR YARD TRIMMINGS.


The LANDFILL container is for non-recyclable trash such as bathroom waste, candy bar wrappers, ceramics/porcelain, chip bags, cigarette butts, diapers, disposable gloves, foam to-go containers and cups, food scraps, juice pouches, packaging peanuts, palm fronds, paper or boxes soiled with grease or food residue, pet waste, succulents and cacti, yucca leaves and other solid waste materials considered to be no longer of use.


The ORGANICS container is for collection of green waste only including plant matter, tree trimmings, and yard trimmings. NO BUILDING MATERIALS; CACTI, SUCCULENTS, or YUCCA; CONCRETE; DIRT; FOOD SCRAPS; PALM FRONDS; PET WASTE; SAND; STONES; TRASH; OR TREE TRIMMINGS (LARGER THAN 4 INCHES IN DIAMETER OR 4 FEET IN LENGTH).


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


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



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, flash lights, 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.

LA County Resources: For a complete list of materials, County led drop-off centers and events, or for more information, visit the LA County Department of Public Works.

Medical Waste and Sharps: Sharps waste is any device used to penetrate the skin of people or animals and can include hypodermic needles, pen needles, intravenous needles, and lancets. Altadena/Kinneloa Mesa residents can order a free one-gallon sharps container (up to four per year). Containers will be mailed free of charge with mail back instructions and a self-addressed envelope. Place an order by calling Athens Services at 888-336-6100. For information on additional sharp mail-back services and a disposal directory for sharps and medication, visit CalRecycle.

Electronic Waste

Electronic Waste (E-Waste) includes those devices that plug into an electrical outlet, utilize light bulbs or batteries, and/or contain electronic circuit boards or wiring. Examples include (but are not limited to): computers, circuit boards, electronic accessories, extension cords, flashlights, gaming consoles, microwaves, phones, stereos and televisions.

Residents can request a bulky item pickup to collect unwanted electronic waste.

Athens Services, in partnership with the County of LA, hosts two e-waste collection events per year for Altadena/Kinneloa Mesa residents. More information will be included in residential billing statements or via email for those participating in online bill pay.

Bulky Items

Athens Services encourages reuse and donation of bulky items whenever possible.

Bulky waste collection is available for single and multi-family residents with barrel service. Bulky waste includes large items that do not fit into barrels or bins such as:

Water heaters


Bed springs












Bagged refuse

Patio furniture


Bagged green waste

Air conditioners

Bundled green waste (securely
tied together, 
no heavier than 45 lbs. and less than 4 ft. in length)

We do not accept the following items:

  • Automobile parts
  • Construction and demolition debris including, but not limited to: dirt, concrete, tile, drywall and rock, etc. Click here to learn how to dispose.
  • Hazardous waste (including antifreeze; automotive fluids; cleaning products; compressed gas cylinders (full or empty); fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides; paint; pharmaceuticals; pool chemicals; solvents; and more.) Click here to learn how to dispose.
  • Loose or scattered building material and lumber

At no extra cost, residents can request bulky item collection at the frequencies identified below. Additional requests are available for a fee. 

·         Bulky Items (furniture, appliances, etc.): Unlimited quantities, 3 times per year

·         Bagged Refuse: Unlimited quantities, 4 times per year

·         Bagged or Bundles Green Waste: Unlimited quantities, 10 times per year

·         Electronic Waste: Unlimited on-call pickups per year


Pick-ups will occur on the next regularly scheduled collection day and must be scheduled 24 hours in advance. Items should be placed curbside (not in the street) by 6:00 a.m. on the pickup day. 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.”

Holiday Tree Recycling

Holiday trees are 100% recyclable! A
thens Services collects holiday trees each year, from the day after Christmas through the second week of January, on your normal pickup day. Trees are delivered to various landfills to be used as mulch or cover material, or to Athens’ American Organics compost facility in Victorville.

Tips to ensure your tree is properly collected:

  • Remove stands, ornaments, lights and tinsel.
  • Place holiday trees next to your regular trash containers.
  • Trees over 6 feet in length must be cut in half.
  • Trees with flocking or fire retardants ARE NOT acceptable.
  • If you miss the date for recycling, please cut up your tree and place it in your yard waste container(s).

Please help keep our parks clean and safe during the holidays. If you see anyone illegally dumping holiday trees, please call your city’s Police Department.

Additional Resources

For additional information on Altadena/Kinneloa Mesa, visit the County of Los Angeles, Department of Public Works.


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