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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.

Holiday Schedule 

Holidays create a one-day delay in collection service (Monday customers’ trash will be picked up on Tuesday, etc.).  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 Sunday, waste collection services will not be delayed. 

For questions and additional information, please contact the Public Works Department at (310) 378-0383 or Athens Services customer service by calling (888) 336-6100 or visiting Athens Services website.


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?

Residents are able to co-mingle the recycling and refuse together. Athens transports the co-mingled waste to their Material Recover Facility, and removes the recyclable materials for reuse. This process increases the amount of materials that can be recycled and reused, and decreases what goes to a landfill. Residents can place the co-mingled waste in their refuse containers for pickup. 
Yard waste recycling is also a part of the PVE recycling program. Athens Services provides up to four 32 gallon green waste 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 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 Here)

Los Angeles Regional Agency

The City of Palos Verdes Estates is a member of  Los Angeles Regional Agency (LARA).  LARA is a consortium of several cities in Southern California who all work together to insure their city meets and exceeds the mandates set by State Assembly Bill 939.

For information about LARA and for recycling resources and information, please visit LARA's website.


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