Residential Waste Collection
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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To ensure your trash is collected, please make sure your barrels are out the night before trash day or by 7:00 a.m. the day of service. Place your carts at the curb or on the sidewalk or adjacent alley, spaced about 1 foot apart and placed side-by-side. Barrels should be returned to your storage location by sunset on the day of collection.
NOTE: Automated collection vehicles require access to your barrels for proper service, please make sure they are not blocked and are accessible.
HOURS OF OPERATION
Information, standards, and special instructions!
Holidays create a one-day delay in collection service. Athens Services observes the following holidays:
If a holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, waste collection services will not be delayed.
WHAT GOES IN MY CONTAINER?
If empty of liquid and food, the following is acceptable in your blue recycling container.
- Plastic #1 beverage bottles/ jugs (with cap) & to-go clamshells
- Plastic #2 & #5 detergent jugs & food containers
Paper: (clean, dry, and no metal or lamination), magazines, mail, office paper, newspaper, paper bags, & telephone books
Cardboard: broken down cardboard, corrugated fiberboard, & clean pizza boxes
Glass: bottles & jars only (remove lids)
Metals: aluminum cans, foil, & trays, scrap metal, steel cans & tin cans
Acceptable, but may not be recycled currently:
- Plastics numbers 4 & 7
- Cereal boxes (remove bag), egg cartons, frozen food boxes, & soup/milk/juice cartons
Green Waste: branches; flowers; grass clippings; hedge trimmings; leaves; weeds; & untreated/unpainted lumber, plywood, & scrap wood
Food Scraps: fruits; vegetables; bread; rice; pasta; cheese; dairy; coffee grounds; coffee filters; meat; bones; poultry; seafood; soft shells (e.g. lobster, crab, & shrimp)
Food-Soiled Paper*: 100% fiber based, compostable to-go containers & servingware, egg cartons (paper), paper napkins & kitchen towels, plates, packaging, and pizza boxes
*All items must be 100% plant-fiber based with NO petroleum-based plastic, wax, or bio-plastic coating, liner, or laminate. Must be soiled ONLY with food or drink liquids.
Glass: ceramic, porcelain, & non-food related glass
Food Containers: chip bags, compostable “plant-based plastic,” juice pouches, paper coffee cups, snack bar wrappers, tea bags, & tea wrappers
Paper: bathroom & facial tissues, envelopes (padded and Tyvek), laminated or plastic coated paper, napkins, photographs, & receipts
Plastic: plastics #3 & #6 (hard & foam); all black plastics; bubble wrap; disposable gloves; garden hoses; empty motor oil containers; plastic bags & film (e.g. dry cleaning bags & cellophane); plastic toys; tarps; & small plastics (e.g. utensils, straws, serving cups, etc.)
Misc.: unusable clothing & fabric; cacti & succulents; cigarette butts; diapers; hard shells (e.g. clams, mussels, & oysters); lint; palm fronds; pet waste; produce stickers; & yucca leaves
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:
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, flashlights, microwaves, phones, stereos, and televisions.
Waste material generated during the construction, renovation, or demolition of a location cannot be placed in a standard cart or bin. Examples of C&D materials include, but are not limited to, asphalt, bricks, carpet, concrete, dirt, doors, drywall, earth, glass, construction, and cabinet lumber, masonry materials, pallets, pipes, plastics, plumbing fixtures, rocks, salvaged building components, scrap metal, roof shingles, tile, and windows.
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.
County of Los Angeles, S.A.F.E. Collection Center takes small business quantities by appointment only by calling (213) 485-2260. For collection of larger quantities of hazardous waste, please click here to contact Athens Services for an estimate.
Athens Services encourages the reuse and donation of bulky items whenever possible.
If this is not an option, Athens will, upon request only, remove bulky items, including major appliances and furniture. Please do not place bulky items or electronics in your trash containers. Doing so may cause an interruption in your service.
To schedule a pickup, please submit a Bulky Item Request.
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
HOLIDAY TREE RECYCLING
Holiday trees are 100% recyclable! Athens 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.
Veterans Day is a special time to honor the noble and courageous men and women who have served our country. At Athens, we are honored to work alongside some of those individuals.
Zack Maldivia has turned his passion for auto mechanics from a hobby to a career. At age 20, he services and repairs heavy construction equipment at landfills and transfer stations in San Bernardino County.
Halloween is right around the corner and for many of us, the next few days are all about putting the finishing touches on our decorations and costumes. Whether you will be out trick-or-treating with friends and family or carving jack-o’-lanterns at home, here are tips to help make your Spooktober plans fun, safe, and zero waste.
The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) estimates that more than 4.5 million tons of plastic are tossed into California landfills annually. According to the 2018 California Waste Characterization, plastic accounts for 12% of the state’s total landfill waste.
Randon comes to Athens from Brylan Strategies, where he served as Director of Government and Public Affairs. Randon led a team that drove statewide policy and strategic direction on regional and local energy, transportation, and development issues with federal, tribal, state, and regional clients.
At Athens Services, we take service seriously. We hold our customer service representatives to a high standard to exceed customer expectations. We were built on the philosophy of service, and
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7:00 AM – 12:00 PM NOON SATURDAY