Residential Trash Collection

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Athens Services provides trash and recycling services to residents in the City of South El Monte. 

Trash is collected once per week. View the Trash Service Schedule to see when the trash is collected in your neighborhood.  


For all service requests, call Athens Customer Care Center (888) 336-6100. Operating hours are Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Self-service options are available 24/7 by visiting


To pay your bill or for questions regarding billing, contact Athens Services at (888) 336-6100 or visit their website at

Residential Recycling & Waste Collection Guide

View Residential Recycling & Waste Collection Guide (PDF)

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Per State law, residents must separate their trash into three separate containers provided by Athens Services.  Residential collection service consists of three automated containers for recycling, trash, and organics waste. 

Black Containers (Trash)

Black containers are for the collection of non-recyclable waste including: bathroom waste, candy bar wrappers, chip bags, cigarette butts, diapers, disposable gloves, foam, packaging peanuts, palm fronds, pet waste, plastic bags, cacti and succulents, yucca leaves and other solid waste materials considered to be no longer of use.

Green Containers (Organic Waste)

Green containers are for the collection of yard trimmings and food scraps including: all fruits, vegetables, meat, and dairy, and food soiled paper products that are 100% fiber-based; grass clippings, leaves, brush, branches, tree trimmings, sawdust, and other forms of organic materials generated from landscapes or gardens that are less than 4 feet in length. 

NO: palm fronds, yucca leaves, cacti, succulents, dirt, sand, stones, concrete, building materials, or trash. If placed in the green container, it will be tagged and will not be serviced until contamination is removed. 

Blue Containers (Recyclables)

Blue containers are for the collection of recyclables including: plastic containers, cardboard, newspaper, office paper, junk mail, magazines, envelopes, paperback books, paper grocery bags, wrapping paper, clean aluminum foil, glass bottles and jars, cans (aluminum, bi-metal, and tin cans), scrap metal, coat hangers, milk cartons, aseptic containers and juice boxes.


State law prohibits the disposal of hazardous material into your containers. For proper disposal options, view here.

Athens Services also ask that you do not place bulky items, construction debris, electronic waste, or automotive parts in your containers. For bulky items disposal options view here.

Ordering Additional Containers 

To order additional containers, replace broken containers, or make changes to your container size package, please call Athens Services at (888) 336-6100.

The standard residential container size package includes: (1) 96-gallon for trash, (1) 96-gallon for recycling, (1) 96-gallon for organics. All three containers in each package must be the same size. However, you can choose your container package size; 96-gallon, 64-gallon, or 35-gallon size. Additional containers may also be requested for an additional service charge.