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.
Holidays create a one-day delay in collection service. Athens Services observes the following holidays:
New Year’s Day
If a holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, waste collection services will not be delayed.
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.
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).
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.
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:
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 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:
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.
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.
The Free Store helps neighbors share unused items with each other instead of leaving them in storage or throwing them away.
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.
Interested in donating goods to your community?
See below for more resources!
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
Monday-Saturday, 9am – 8pm
Sunday, 10am – 7pm
14535 Telegraph Rd., La Mirada, CA 90638
Monday –Saturday, 9am – 6:30pm
Sunday, 10am – 5pm
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.
7344 Washington Ave., Whittier, CA 90602
Whitwood Branch Library
10537 Santa Gertrudes Ave., Whittier, CA 90603
Friends of the Library
Accepts large quantities of books & magazines
6703 Comstock Ave., Whittier, CA 90601
Tuesday & Thursday, 10am – 2pm
Friday, 9am – 12pm
Saturday, 10am – 2pm
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
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
Drop-off hours: Call to confirm
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
Monday-Friday, 9am – 5pm
Acceptable items: food, toys, and baby needs. They also collect clean plastic bags and egg cartons.
11819 Burke St. Sante Fe Springs, CA 90670
Monday, Thursday, & Friday, 8am – 3pm
Tuesday, 8am – 6pm
Wednesday, 8am – 12pm
Acceptable items: clothing, toys, toiletries, and small household and kitchen items.
13203 Hadley Street, Suite 103, Whittier, CA 90601
Monday-Friday, 8am – 5pm
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7:00 AM – 12:00 PM NOON SATURDAY
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