Residential Trash Collection

To prepare the City for this significant change in waste hauling services, in JUNE 2021, Council is considering amending services, rates and adoption of an Ordinance to comply with State regulations (SB 1383) for residential and commercial customers.

Senate Bill 1383 requires ALL residents to comply with State mandated changes to separate organics/greenwaste from general trash collection. 

BEGINS January 1, 2022! 

The City of South El Monte’s residential trash hauler provider is Athens Services.

Athens Services Contact Information:

Customer Service Phone: 888-336-6100 Trash Pick-up Map (PDF) Opens in new window

Office Hours
Monday through Friday
7 am to 5 pm

7 am to Noon

Service Schedule

Holiday Schedule

If your trash collection day falls on or after a holiday during the week, your pick-up day will be delayed by one day. Athens Services does not operate on the following holidays:

  • New Year’s Day (January 1st)
  • Memorial Day (Last Monday of May)
  • Independence Day (July 4th)
  • Labor Day (First Monday of September)
  • Thanksgiving Day (Fourth Thursday of November)
  • Christmas Day (December 25th)

Collection TimeAthens Trash Truck Picking up a Trashcan

To ensure your trash is collected, please make sure your containers are placed at the curbside by 6 am on the scheduled collection day. Your trash containers must be within the weight of 50 pounds. Once your household trash has been collected, please remove your containers from the curb.

Items Not Accepted

Athens Services will not pick up E-Waste (Electronic Waste) and Household Hazardous Waste.

Large/Bulky Items

Once a year, Athens Services hosts an annual residential trash clean up week "Spring Clean-Up Week" to dispose of unusual large items, such as couches, toilets, and refrigerators, that cannot be picked up by Athens Services’ weekly waste pick up. 

Athens Services provides bulky item pickup for residents. The first bulky item is $25, and $15 each additional item, plus taxes and fees. Please submit your bulky item request at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled collection at 1-855-557-1007.


This service is for residents of the City of South El Monte only. Residents in unincorporated County areas will not receive this service as they are assigned a different hauler.

Christmas Tree Recycling

Trees are 100% recyclable! Athens Services collects holiday trees on your normal pickup days from the day after Christmas through the second week of January each year. Trees are delivered to various landfills to be used as mulch or cover material or cover material or to Athens American Organics composting facility in Victorville.

Prepare Your Tree for Pick-up

Remove stands, ornaments, lights and tinsel. Place Christmas 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 acceptable.

Notices from Assembly Bill

Assembly Bill (AB) 341 (PDF) requires all businesses and apartments units with 5 or more units to implement a recycling program. AB 1826 (PDF) requires all businesses and multifamily complexes to recycle their organic waste.