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.
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.
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.
Medical Waste and Sharps: For information on sharp mail-back services and a disposal directory for sharps and medication, visit VC Public Works.
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:
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 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:
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.
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Customer Service Hours
7:00 AM – 5:00 PM MONDAY-FRIDAY
7:00 AM – 12:00 PM NOON SATURDAY