Trash & Recycling
New Solid Waste Collection and Recycling Contracts Effective September 1, 2017
At the January 18, 2017 council meeting, the Monterey Park City Council awarded an exclusive franchise contract for residential waste collection and recycling services to Athens Services and non-exclusive franchise contracts for commercial waste collection and recycling services to Ware Disposal and Athens Services. The new contracts went into effect September 1, 2017.
Please email Bonnie Tam, Principal Management Analyst, if you have any questions regarding the franchise hauler contracts.
Commercial Solid Waste Collection and Recycling Rates
Athens Services provides the City’s residential waste removal services. Residential customers include single-family homes and multi-family complexes. Before taking the city’s waste to a landfill for final disposal, the City requires Athens to process waste through a sorting center called a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) for the removal of recyclables. This program allows the City to meet the 50 percent landfill diversion mandate required by state law while providing the greatest convenience possible to residents.
In addition to the MRF program, the city has additional waste diversion and recycling programs ranging from backyard composting / smart gardening workshops to participation in the county wide Household Hazardous Waste collection events. View Monterey Park’s trash collection and recycling programs online.
On July 1, 2012, Assembly Bill 341 Mandatory Commercial Recycling law took effect. Commercial businesses and multi-family residence of five (5) units or more must implement a recycling program. Setting up service with the City’s waste-haulers, Athens Services or Ware Disposal, will ensure that your business or multi-family residence is in compliance. Call Athens Services at 888-336-6100 or Ware Disposal at 877-714-9273 to sign up for service.
Blue Barrel Recycling Containers
To comply with the state’s mandatory commercial recycling legislation - Mandatory Commercial Recycling (AB 341) and Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling (AB 1826) - Athens Services has delivered blue 96-gallon barrel recycling containers free of charge to multi-family complexes with five or more units. As a friendly reminder, these containers are serviced weekly on Thursdays. Please be reminded that property owners or tenants will need to bring the barrels out to the curb for service and return them to the enclosure after the barrels are emptied. Property owners may be cited by the City of Monterey Park personnel if barrels are not removed from the curbside after collection.
It should be noted that these blue barrels are for recyclables only, not trash. Any contamination will result in refusal of service if identified by Athens Services’ drivers in order to avoid a contaminated truck load. We appreciate your cooperation in being better recyclers and environmental stewards. If you wish to have additional containers, please contact Athens Services at 888-336-6100. Note that this program is only available for multi-family complexes with five or more units. For more information, contact the Department of Public Works at (626) 307-1320.
Bulky Item Pick-up
Did you know that residential customers are eligible for FREE bulky item pick-up? Please follow these steps in scheduling your bulky item pick-up:
1. Call Athens Services at 888-336-6100 during business hours at least 24-hours before your next collection day. Translation services are available. Or, click here and select “Bulky Item Pick-Up” to submit your request online.
2. Provide Athens Services with your address and cross street, pick-up day, and list of items for removal (Note: For numerous items Athens Services may require more than one pick-up day for removal. Athens may also provide you with additional instructions.)
3. Place bulky items out for pick-up by 6 a.m. on your collection day. Items must be stored out of public view prior to 24-hours before your collection day.
4. Following these guidelines will help keep our streets clean and safe!
Bulky waste includes large items that do not fit into barrels or bins such as: water heaters, furnaces, bed springs, mattresses, dressers, couches, washers, dryers, stoves, tables, chairs, refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, and patio furniture.
IMPORTANT NOTE: TO PROTECT CHILDREN, PLEASE REMOVE OR SECURE ALL APPLIANCE DOORS.
E-waste such as a television, computer, or printer is NOT considered a bulky item. Athens Services accepts residential e-waste four (4) times a year at no charge. Call Athens Services at 888-336-6100 to schedule an e-waste pick-up. You can also call (800) 98-TOXIC for information on proper disposal.
LA County, in cooperation with several cities, hosts FREE Household Hazardous and E-Waste Collection Events every month at various locations in LA County. Event flyers can be picked up at Public Works Department counter at City Hall.
Electronics can include those devices that utilize electrical wiring, plug into an electric outlet, or take a battery or light bulb. Examples include (but are not limited to): computers and accessories, circuit boards, extension cords, flash lights, microwaves, phones, stereos, and televisions.
Prohibited Items in Containers
State law prohibits the disposal of hazardous material into your containers. For proper disposal options, visit the Household Hazardous Waste webpage. We also ask that you do not place bulky items, construction debris, E-waste, or automotive parts in your containers.
Holidays create a one-day delay in collection service. Athens Services observe the following holidays:
- New Year’s Day
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Christmas Day
Visit Athens Services’ trash pick-up holiday schedule. Waste Collection Service will continue as usual and there will not be any delay if a holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday.
Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling (MORe)
Effective April 1, 2016, Assembly Bill 1826 requires organics recycling services for certain commercial properties and multi-family dwellings of five (5) or more units that generate large quantities of waste. (Note: multi-family dwellings are not required to arrange for source separated food waste collection under this law.)
Key Implementation Dates:
April 1, 2016: Businesses that generate eight (8) cubic yards of organic waste per week must arrange for organic waste recycling services.
January 1, 2017: Businesses that generate four (4) cubic yards of organic waste per week must arrange for organic waste recycling services.
January 1, 2019: Businesses that generate four (4) cubic yards or more of commercial solid waste per week shall arrange for organic waste recycling services.
January 1, 2020: CalRecycle must determine if organics waste disposal has been reduced by at least 50%. If it has not, CalRecycle is authorized to reduce the threshold for compliance to two (2) cubic yards per week of total solid waste.
Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCP): Organic Waste Methane Emissions Reductions
In September 2016, Governor Brown signed into law SB 1383 (Lara, Chapter 395, Statutes of 2016), establishing methane emissions reduction targets in a statewide effort to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCP) in various sectors of California’s economy. The new law codifies the California Air Resources Board’s Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction Strategy, established pursuant to SB 605 (Lara, Chapter 523, Statutes of 2014), to achieve reductions in the statewide emissions of short-lived climate pollutants. Actions to reduce short-lived climate pollutants are essential to address the many impacts of climate change on human health, especially in California’s most at-risk communities, and on the environment.
As it pertains to CalRecycle, SB 1383 establishes targets to achieve a 50 percent reduction in the level of the statewide disposal of organic waste from the 2014 level by 2020 and a 75 percent reduction by 2025. The law grants CalRecycle the regulatory authority required to achieve the organic waste disposal reduction targets and establishes an additional target that not less than 20 percent of currently disposed edible food is recovered for human consumption by 2025. For more information, please visit CalRecycle.
California Legislature Passes Bill Requiring Businesses To Offer Recycling And Composting To Their Customers
On September 5, 2019, the California State Legislature passed a bill requiring businesses to make composting and recycling bins accessible to customers at restaurants, malls, and other businesses.
Assembly Bill 827 by Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) will mandate that businesses that are already required to subscribe to recycling services under AB 341 (Chesbro, 2011) or composting services under AB 1826 (Chesbro, 2014) offer that access to recycling and composting bins to their customers by July 2020. Under this law, the recycling and composting bins provided to the public will be clearly marked with educational signage indicating what is accepted in the local solid waste programs.
We love to hear from you if you have any questions or concerns about the City’s trash collection! Please call Monterey Park Public Works Department at 626-307-1320 if you experience any missed trash collections or if you have any complaints.
For general inquiries such as replacement of trash containers, dumpster and roll-off rentals, bulky item pick-up, trash pick-up schedules, and billing questions, please call Athens Services at 888-336-6100 or Ware Disposal at 877-714-9273.