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Whittier

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 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. Please remove all carts by sunset on your service day.

Hours of Operation

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

Whittier
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.

Billing

Billing for solid waste management services was transitioned from the City of Whittier to Athens Services on Wednesday, November 1, 2017.

Athens utilizes a different billing timeline than the City of Whittier, which billed all customers bi-monthly and in arrears. Athens Services bills Whittier residential customers quarterly, in advance.

Our Customer Service department is happy to answer any questions to help clarify the billing system. We can be reached at (866) 260-4667, during 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Monday through Friday, and 7:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

Click here to enroll in paperless billing and pay your bill online.

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 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).

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

Florescent 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 third Saturday in 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.

Discounts

  • Utility Users’ Tax Exemption (UUT) Qualified Discount: Residential customers who apply and qualify will be entitled to a discount on solid waste collection fees. For more information, call the Whittier City Clerk’s Office at (562) 567-9860.
  • Senior Discount: Senior citizens are eligible for a rate reduction of 10%. The senior citizen must be the head of the household of the residential premises that receive collection services, be at least sixty-two (62) years of age and must receive supplemental Social Security benefits. For more information, contact Athens at (888) 336-6100.
  • Active Military Discount: Active members of the military are eligible for a rate reduction of 10%. An active member of the military may be stationed away from home for periods of time. This rate reduction will apply to the property so long as the military member maintains the property as his or her permanent residence. This discount does not apply to charges for additional carts, temporary bin service or temporary roll-off service. For more information, contact Athens at (888) 336-6100.

Additional Resources

To contact Whittier City Hall, visit the City of Whittier website.

Material and Reuse Donation

Instead of discarding unwanted items, give them a new life through donation.

Not only will you reduce waste to landfills and save resources, you may also be helping someone in need. See below for local organizations that accept donated appliances, books, clothing, furniture, working electronics, food, tools, toys, and more. Please call ahead to confirm hours of operation and acceptable items.You can also check with your local schools and daycare centers, as they may need gently used toys, books, magazines, computers, office and party supplies or miscellaneous items for crafts.

Free Store

The Free Store helps neighbors share unused items with each other instead of leaving them in storage or throwing them away.

How to donate:

Donations are made during store hours through a check-in process with the volunteer clerks.
No drop-off donations accepted.

Please help the Free Store maintain a good relationship with their neighbors by only visiting them during open hours.

11The Free Store - Residential Services - The Free Store is like a thrift store, but free! - Material and Reuse Donation - La Mirada & Whitter - Donation Location Center - Athens Services - Donations are made during store hours through a check-in process with the volunteer clerks. No drop-off donations accepted.

12907 Hadley St., Whittier, 90601
(cross street Comstock; enter through gate on Hadley)

Hours of Operation:
Only open Sundays, 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Contact: Megan Hobza
megan.hobza@gocatalyst.org 
whittierfreestore.virb.com

Interested in donating goods to your community?
See below for more resources!

11Goodwill Industries - Residential Services - Material and Reuse Donation - La Mirada & Whitter - Donation Location Center - Athens Services - Acceptable items: clothing, household items, and furniture of all sizes. They do NOT accept mattresses, large home appliances (i.e. stoves, washing machines, and refrigerators.), or household hazardous waste.

Goodwill Industries

Acceptable items: clothing, household items, and furniture of all sizes. They do NOT accept mattresses, large home appliances (i.e. stoves, washing machines, and refrigerators.), or household hazardous waste.

15214 Whittier Blvd. Whittier, CA 90603
(562) 789-0697
Drop-off hours:
Monday-Saturday, 9am – 8pm
Sunday, 10am – 7pm

14535 Telegraph Rd., La Mirada, CA 90638
(562) 946-8518
Drop-off hours:
Monday –Saturday, 9am – 6:30pm
Sunday, 10am – 5pm

11Whittier Libraries - Athens Services- Material and Reuse Donation - Residential Services - Acceptable items: the Whittier libraries accept books, magazines, videos & DVDs. The Friends of the Library is the main donation location and can accept larger quantities.

Whittier Libraries

Acceptable items: the Whittier libraries accept books, magazines, videos & DVDs. The Friends of the Library is the main donation location and can accept larger quantities.

Central Library
7344 Washington Ave., Whittier, CA 90602

(562) 567-9900

Whitwood Branch Library
10537 Santa Gertrudes Ave., Whittier, CA 90603

(562) 567-9950

Friends of the Library
Accepts large quantities of books & magazines
6703 Comstock Ave., Whittier, CA 90601

(562) 696-4498
Drop-off hours:
Tuesday & Thursday, 10am – 2pm
Friday, 9am – 12pm
Saturday, 10am – 2pm

11Whittier Salvation Army - Athens Services- Material and Reuse Donation - Residential Services - Acceptable items: Call first to confirm acceptable items per location. They do not accept anything broken or in need of repair.

Salvation Army

Acceptable items: Call first to confirm acceptable items per location. They do not accept anything broken or in need of repair.

Salvation Army, Pick-Up Option: (800) 958-7825 (call to confirm your zip code is serviced and what items are accepted)

12000 Washington Blvd. Suite 102, Whittier, CA 90606
(562) 696-9562
Drop-off hours:
Monday-Friday, 9am – 5pm
Note: this location accepts clothing and small household items. They do NOT accept furniture or mattresses.

7926 Pickering Ave., Whittier, CA 90602
(562) 698-8348
Drop-off hours:
Drop-off hours: Call to confirm

11Whittier Area First Day Coalition - Residential Services - Athens Services- Material and Reuse Donation - Acceptable items: Adult clothing; bicycles; gently used household items, furniture, and small electronics; newer fridges; clean linens; and dishes. (They do NOT accept mattresses or beds.)

Whittier Area First Day Coalition

Acceptable items: Adult clothing; bicycles; gently used household items, furniture, and small electronics; newer fridges; clean linens; and dishes. (They do NOT accept mattresses or beds.)

12426 Whittier Blvd., Whittier, CA 90602
(562) 945-4304
Drop-off hours:
Monday-Friday, 9am – 5pm

11Interfaith Food Center - Athens Services - Residential Services - Sante Fe Springs - Material and Reuse Donation - Acceptable items: food, toys, and baby needs. They also collect clean plastic bags and egg cartons.

Interfaith Food Center

Acceptable items: food, toys, and baby needs. They also collect clean plastic bags and egg cartons.

11819 Burke St. Sante Fe Springs, CA 90670
(562) 903-1478
Drop-off hours:
Monday, Thursday, & Friday, 8am – 3pm
Tuesday, 8am – 6pm
Wednesday, 8am – 12pm

11Whittier - Women & Children’s Crisis Shelter - Residential Services - Athens Services- Material and Reuse Donation - Acceptable items: clothing, toys, toiletries, and small household and kitchen items.

Women & Children’s Crisis Shelter

Acceptable items: clothing, toys, toiletries, and small household and kitchen items.

13203 Hadley Street, Suite 103, Whittier, CA 90601
(562) 945-3937
Drop-off hours:
Monday-Friday, 8am – 5pm

Events/News

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How UCLA Increases Recycling on Campus

UCLA and Athens Services have been zero waste partners since 2008. During that time, the two organizations have formed a successful partnership with the goal of landfill avoidance. Recently, they collaborated on the production of an educational video to promote the importance of UCLA’s source-separation waste program. The video also demonstrates the partnership between UCLA...
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A Time to Say “Thank You” to Our Waste and Recycling Heroes

Waste and recycling professionals work hard every day to protect the environment for all of us. We’ve all seen the drivers who collect our waste and recycling, but there are many more workers behind the scenes. All of them deserve our thanks for the work they do.
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11

Francisco Lopez City Council Honors Athens Safety Hero

On a normal Saturday afternoon, while many settled in or prepared for a night out, Francisco Lopez, a 20-year Athens Services loyalist, was clocking in for his shift. For the past few years, Francisco has made it his responsibility to protect the Irwindale Yard and the Athens fleet as a career. A career that he...
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11

Cleaning Up the Community: Whittier Greenway Trail

In celebration of Earth Day, Athens Services team members grabbed trash picks and did their part in “Keeping Whittier Prettier” during the city’s annual cleanup of the Greenway Trail. Along with the Whittier Police and Parks and Recreation departments, Athens helped beautify one of Whittier’s most frequented trails. Filled with flowers and luscious greenery, the...
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11

Clearing the Air: 3 Ways to Tackle Food Waste

The implementation of SB 1383 in 2022 marks a big shift in how Californians handle their food waste. For the first time, residents and businesses need to put their leftover food not with their trash but with their green waste.
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Los Angeles County’s Largest Materials Recovery Facility and Transfer Station Breaks Ground

Athens Services has broken ground on a new materials recovery facility (MRF) and transfer station in the City of Irwindale.
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