Refuse and Recycling

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Who is our trash hauler?
The City contracts with Athens Services for its refuse and recycling.
All single-family residential properties within the City are required to receive trash collection service from the City's selected contractor. Currently, the City contracts with Athens Services effective July 1, 2012. Click here for useful information and FAQ's.  For billing inquiries, additional information, or other related services, please call Athens toll free at 888-336-6100.

All Dumpsters used within the City must be serviced by Athens Services. To order a dumpster please call 888-336-6100. All dumpsters located on the street are subject to a dumpster permit issued by Athens. 

How do I report a problem?
Any problems or concerns may be reported to Customer Service at (888) 336-6100. It is recommended you obtain the dispatcher’s name when you call in case future assistance is required. If that does not resolve the problem, please contact City Hall. 

Can I place my trash cans in the front yard the night before my trash pick-up day?

No. The Palos Verdes Estates Municipal Code prohibits the placement of refuse containers adjacent to the street or on City Parkland, even on collection day. The ordinance requires that the containers are to be kept in a concealed trash area on the property where the City’s approved refuse hauler retrieves them and returns them after emptying. Please contact Code Enforcement at (310) 378-0383, if you have any questions or concerns.

What recycled materials are collected and do they need to be separated?

Athens Services provides each resident with two blue 32 gallon recycling containers that are collected every other week on your regular waste collection day. Acceptable recyclables include: Glass (all glass food and beverage jars and bottles without metal lids), plastics (clear, opaque, or colored containers, NO bags or ties), metal (aluminum, tin, metal, steel and bi-metal), and paper (newspapers, junk mail, magazines, paper egg cartons, paper grocery bags, etc.).

Yard waste recycling is also a part of the PVE recycling program. Athens Services provides two green 32 gallon containers (specifically labeled for greenwaste) that are collected once per week on your regularly scheduled collection day. You may recycle an unlimited amount of yard waste as long as the materials are in similar containers that are clearly marked “yard waste.” Acceptable greenwaste includes: grass, leaves, pruning, weeds, vegetation, twigs and small branches. Bundles, no longer than 36” and wider than 18”, or more than 30 pounds are also accepted. Please place bundles next to your greenwaste containers.

Additional blue and green containers may be requested at no charge by contacting Athens Services directly. For more information regarding the City’s recycling program, or to request additional containers, please contact Athens Services Customer Service Department at (888) 336-6100.

For E-Waste recycling information click here.
For Used Oil and Household Hazardous Waste recycling information click here.
Persons interested in information on Athens recycling activities can view a video of their Material Recovery Facility (MRF) at the link below.

    (Click on VIEW M.R.F. VIDEO)
Athens Services does the recycling for residents; it is not necessary for residents to separate trash and recyclable materials (mixed waste).  Here's  a video from an ABC News report that helps illustrate how the sorting and recycling sytem works.   
Mandatory Commercial and Multi Family Recycling Requirements

Click below to view informative brochures and information regarding State-mandated requirements for recycling:

            Mandatory Commercial Recycling - CalRecycle [PDF]
Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling [Website]  
            Requirements for Recycling - Businesses  [PDF]
Requirements for Multi Family (Apartments) Recycling [PDF]

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