Trash & Recycling

New Waste Collection and Recycling Contract 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 contact Public Works at 626-307-1320 if you have any questions.​

Maximum Customer Rates for Commercial Solid Waste Collection and Recycling

Maximum customer rates (PDF) that can be charged by Athens Services and Ware Disposal for the period September 1, 2017 to August 31, 2018. 

Request for Qualifications (RFQ)

​On July 6, 2016, the City Council approved the release of a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for new waste collection and recycling contracts for both residential and commercial trash services. This is the first step to qualify companies that would be eligible to submit an application for consideration.  Click here for the staff report and RFQ. ​

Request for Applications (RFA)

​Subsequently, thirteen (13) companies responded to the RFQ and submitted statements of qualifications. On September 21, 2016, the City Council approved five companies to be qualified to apply for a residential contract and nine companies to be qualified to apply for commercial contract. Council also approved the release of a Request for Applications (RFA) to the qualified haulers. The deadline for submitting an application was November 17, 2017. Click here for the staff report and RFA.

Residential Trash Program

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 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 Program (Residential)

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 recently 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 Program (Residential)

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.

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!

E-Waste Collection Program (Residential)

E-waste such as a television, computer, or printer is NOT considered a bulky item.  Athens Services accepts residential e-waste four 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.

Holiday Schedule

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
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day
Visit Athens Services' trash pick-up holiday schedule here.  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 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 Dates:
April 1, 2016: Businesses that generate eight cubic yards of organic waste per week must arrange for organic waste recycling services.

January 1, 2017: Businesses that generate four cubic yards of organic waste per week must arrange for organic waste recycling services.

January 1, 2019: Businesses that generate four 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 cubic yards per week of total solid waste.

For more information on mandatory commercial organics recycling, visit CalRecycle. Call Athens Services at 888-336-6100 or Ware Disposal at 877-714-9273 to sign up for service.  

Got Questions?

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.