recycLA is a new public private partnership that will offer customer-friendly and efficient waste and recycling services to all commercial and industrial businesses, institutions, and large multifamily buildings. The City of Los Angeles service areas are divided into 11 Franchise Zones; Athens Services is managing the West Los Angeles, North Central, and Harbor zones.
Athens Services is managing recycling and waste services for businesses and large multifamily buildings in the West Los Angeles, North Central, and Harbor zones.
Athens Services is managing waste services for businesses and large multifamily buildings in the West Los Angeles, North Central, and Harbor zones.
The City of Los Angeles and Athens Services observe New Year’s Day, Independence Day (4th of July), Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. If the holiday falls on Monday – Saturday, collection services for the remainder of the week will be delayed one day. If the holiday falls on a Sunday there will be no delay in service.
Holiday Tree and Foliage Recycling: For information on LA Sanitation’s holiday tree and foliage recycling program for residents and multi-family dwellers, click here.
Businesses customers can recycle their trees/foliage with Athens Services for a bulky-item collection fee. Click here for more information.
To schedule a bulky item pickup, please call LA Sanitation Customer Care Center 1-800-773-2489 (or 311) or visit My LA 311.
Athens Services provides bulky item collection for a fee to commercial and industrial businesses and institutions. Multi-family residential, bulky items are collected by the City of Los Angeles. To schedule a bulky item pick-up, please Call LA Sanitation Customer Care Center 1-800-773-2489 ( or 311 ) or visit My LA 311.
Appliances (i.e. refrigerators and dryers), furniture, large broken toys, mattresses, rugs, tree trunks, and water heaters.
Give unwanted items a second life; first consider donating items that are gently used and in good working condition. Not only will you reduce waste to landfill and save resources, you may be helping someone in need.
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The law requires that businesses arrange for recycling services for organic waste. At Athens, we will be recycling your organics through composting, mulching and anaerobic digestion. All businesses that generate organic waste might eventually be subject to comply, including multi-family residential dwellings that consist of five or more units. (Please note: multi-family dwellings are not required to have a food waste diversion program, only green waste recycling services.)
Through separate recycling collection, the City of Los Angeles recycLA program meets the standards established by AB 341. However, the recycLA program does not allow recyclables to be mixed with waste. Therefore, each recycLA commercial and multi-family customer must implement separate recycling collection on their property to ensure AB 341 compliance and must utilize “recycling only” containers to meet recycLA program requirements.
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; solvents; and more.
For a complete list or materials or for more information, visit http://ladpw.org/epd/hhw/.
County of Los Angeles, S.A.F.E. Collection Center takes small business quantities by appointment only. To schedule an appointment call (213) 485-2260.
Dead animals, with the exception of horses and cows, are collected free of charge by LA Sanitation. Please check your local yellow pages for horse and cow removal. For all other dead animal removal, please call the LASAN Customer Care Center at 1-800-773-2489 or visit recycLA.com and click on Service Request.
The BLUE 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, GARBAGE, LIQUIDS, PACKAGING PEANUTS, OR YARD TRIMMINGS.
The BLACK container is for non-recyclable trash headed for the landfill such as bathroom waste, candy bar wrappers, ceramics/porcelain, chip bags, cigarette butts, diapers, disposable gloves, food scraps (if green container is not available), 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 GREEN container is for the collection of organics waste, such as green waste including yard trimmings and plant matter; food scraps including all fruits, vegetables, meat, and dairy; and food-soiled paper products that are 100% fiber based.
NO BUILDING MATERIALS; CACTI, SUCCULENTS, or YUCCA; CONCRETE; DIRT; PALM FRONDS; PET WASTE; SAND; STONES; TRASH; OR TREE TRIMMINGS (LARGER THAN 4 INCHES IN DIAMETER OR 4 FEET IN LENGTH).
The BROWN container is for horse manure. No other animal waste, cleaning chemicals, food scraps, green waste, horse related items, medicine, recyclables, or landfill items. Less than 1% of the population has a brown bin.
If you require one,
Athens Services has collaborated with the following nonprofit organizations to help businesses donate their edible food and reusable materials that would otherwise go to waste.
If you need further assistance with food rescue and/or material donations, please contact Athens Services at 1-800-327-3807.
Food Forward’s mission is to fight hunger and prevent food waste by rescuing fresh surplus produce, connecting this abundance with people in need and inspiring others to do the same. These fruits and vegetables are rescued from backyard fruit trees, public orchards, farmers markets, and the downtown Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market, all to help feed Southern California’s most in need: be they children, homeless individuals, veterans, those with HIV/AIDS, women, low‐income families, immigrants, and beyond. Since 2009, Food Forward has quickly become the largest urban gleaning nonprofit in Southern California. In partnership with hunger relief agencies across the region, their food rescue programs have connected produce to millions of food insecure individuals, creating healthier communities.
Founded in 1973, St. Francis Center (SFC) is located near Downtown Los Angeles and provides relief and support to homeless and extremely low-income individuals and families in Los Angeles. Last year St. Francis Center served over 100,000 homeless meals, double what they served about 5 years ago. They also rescued over 1.2 million pounds of donated food and provided over 16,000 grocery visits to extremely low income families. They accept non-perishable, perishable, produce and prepared foods.
For over 15 years, Waste Not Want Not Now has been picking up food donated by grocery stores, restaurants and hotels, and delivering it to organizations that feed and serve the homeless of greater Los Angeles. A typical day’s donation consists of fresh fruits, vegetables and bakery items which would otherwise have been thrown away – associated shelter organizers say they could always use more.
L.A. SHARES is a nonprofit materials reuse program. Through their interactive website, they are able to take donations of reusable goods and materials (both new and used) from Los Angeles businesses and then redistribute the items FREE-OF-CHARGE to nonprofits and schools in the City of Los Angeles. To donate or receive material, please register on their website and review what can and cannot be accepted.
As a covered entity under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of disability and, upon request, will provide reasonable accommodation to ensure equal access to its programs, services and activities.
En relación con el Articulo II de Acto de Americanos con Incapacidades, la Ciudad de Los Angeles no discrimina en base de incapicidad fisica, y si usted lo pide, la Ciudad proveerá en un nivel razonable igual acceso a sus programas, servicios y actividades.
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