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Temple City’s Enhanced Recycling Program

Athens Services is advancing Temple City’s waste and recycling program. Starting July 1, 2021 residential customers will be transitioning from a manual hand-tossed mixed-waste and green waste collection program, to a source separated waste, recycling, and green/organic waste program.

WHY IS THIS HAPPENING?

WHEN IS THIS HAPPENING?

DO I HAVE TO BUY NEW CONTAINERS?

ARE MY PICK-UP DAYS CHANGING?

WHAT ARE MY SERVICE OPTIONS?

WHAT IS CHANGING?

IS MY RATE CHANGING?

IS THERE A SENIOR DISCOUNT?

HOW ARE BULKY ITEM PICKUPS BEING HANDLED?

WHAT DO I DO WITH MY OLD CONTAINERS?

The City is transitioning to automated services to comply with the State laws and CalRecycle mandates. This change will help support the City’s strategic goals of sustainable infrastructure and meet diversion requirements.

Residential Waste Collection

WELCOME TO
Temple City

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. Barrels must be within the weight limit of 50 lbs.

Hours of Operation

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

Temple City
Resources

Learn more about your city 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

Thanksgiving

Christmas Day

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

What Goes In My Container?

RECYCLING

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.

LANDFILL

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.

ORGANICS

The ORGANICS container is for collection of green waste including plant matter, tree trimmings, and yard trimmings; food scraps including all fruits, vegetables, meat, and dairy; and food-soiled paper products that are 100% fiber based. NO BUILDING MATERIALS; CACTI, SUCCULENTS, or YUCCA; CONCRETE; DIRT; PALM FRONDS; PET WASTE; SAND; STONES; TRASH; OR TREE TRIMMINGS (LARGER THAN 4 INCHES IN DIAMETER OR 4 FEET IN LENGTH).

DO NOT PLACE IN CONTAINERS:

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

Batteries

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

Thermometers

Thermostats

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: For information on sharp mail-back services and a disposal directory for sharps and medication, visit CalRecycle.

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

Furnaces

Bed springs

Mattresses

Dressers

Couches

Washers

Dryers

Stoves

Tables

Chairs

Refrigerators

Freezers

Air conditioners

Patio furniture

Pick-ups will occur on your regularly scheduled collection day. Items should be placed curbside (not in the street). 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.”

IMPORTANT NOTE: TO PROTECT CHILDREN, PLEASE REMOVE OR SECURE ALL APPLIANCE DOORS.

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.

Street Sweeping

Your city contracts with Athens Services for their street sweeping needs. Visit our Street Sweeping page to learn more and view a map with service days and areas.

Additional Resources

To contact Temple City City Hall, visit the Temple City website.

Events/News

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How to Recycle Batteries in Four Easy Steps

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Athens Services Launches New Sustainability Center in Thousand Oaks

Athens Services formally announces the launch of its new Sustainability Center, the first-ever dedicated to environmental sustainability for Thousand Oaks residents. The center is located at 2251 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Residents are able to come in and learn about waste reduction, recycling and composting.
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How a Running Springs Thrift Store Helps Make Gems Out of Trash.

We’ve all faced the issue of what to do with clothing or household items we no longer need or use but are too good to throw away. Finding a nearby thrift store or donation center to take them to can be challenging.
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Meet the Athens Services Team Who Keeps Your City Clean

The week of June 17 is Waste and Recycling Workers Week. This national observance recognizes the vital role of waste and recycling workers in keeping our cities safe and clean.
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Athens Services Celebrates the 25th Anniversary of Its First MRF

Athens Services welcomed representatives from several Southern California cities to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the company’s first materials recovery facility (MRF) on Thursday, May 27.
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