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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 7:00 a.m. the day of service. Barrels must be within the weight limit of 45 lbs.

Hours of Operation

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

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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 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

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.

Medical Waste and Sharps: For information on sharp mail-back services and a disposal directory for sharps and medication, visit VC Public Works.

Bulky Items

Pick up of bulky items is offered to residents in houses, apartments, townhomes, condominiums, and mobile home parks. Customers are entitled to the collection of 2 pickups per year, consisting of up to 2 items each time. No single item that cannot be handled by two workers will be accepted. Athens will host a bulky item and e-waste drop-off event four times per year. 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

Athens conducts four Drop-Off Events for residential customers. For $10 per vehicle and $20 per trailer (up to 15”), residents may drop-off bulky items (furniture and appliances), electronic waste, construction waste and green waste. Commercial trailers are not allowed.

For information on when the next Drop-Off event will be, call (805) 933-0100.

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.

Events/News

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