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Environmental Services

Posted on: December 20, 2017

FAQ'S for Athens Services

FAQ for Athens Services

City of San Marino

Q. What time does Athens begin trash pickup?

A. 7AM

Q. Does Athens recycle?

A. Yes!  Everything is sorted at a Material Recovery Facility (MRF).  Please visit to see a storyboard of how the MRF works and watch a video on Athens’ Youtube channel.

Q. Is the MRF open to public tours?

A. Yes!  The City of San Marino sends a bus annually in April during Earth Day.  This tour is open to San Marino residents.

Q. What do I have to sort?

A. Please segregate your green/yard waste.  Athens provides yard waste stickers for customers upon request.

Q. Where does Athens take our Green Waste?

A. The City of San Marino is part of the Scholl Canyon waste shed.  Athens takes your green/yard waste to be used as alternative daily cover at the Scholl Canyon Landfill.

Q. I have a huge yard and a lot of green waste.  Is there a limit to how much I can dispose?

A. We ask that you separate green waste in barrels.  Please don’t put them in plastic bags because they then contaminate the load when we dispose of the green waste as alternative daily cover at Scholl Canyon.  You may dispose of unlimited number of green waste as long as they are in barrels.

Q. What about tree branches or bulky green waste?

A. Please bundle branches and keep them no longer than 4 ft in length and no heavier than 50lbs.  You may still dispose unlimited green waste as long as you can fit your green waste into barrels.

Q. Is there a limit to the number of trash/recycle barrels I can put out?

A. Yes! No more than 6 barrels of trash/recyclables per week.

Q. I have a lot of bulky items, what’s the best way to get rid of it!?

A. Each July, Athens hosts a citywide “Cleanup Day,” where all bulky items are picked up free of charge.  Look out for the city’s newsletter as the date is announced each year.

Q. What if I can’t wait until July?

A. Any other time bulky items is charged $25.00 for first item and $15.00 for each additional item plus fees. Once you called in to schedule the service, it will be completed on your pickup day.

Q. How often does Athens provide street sweeping services?

A. Athens provide weekly street sweeping service between the months of November through April each year.  Between May through October, streets are swept biweekly (every other week).

Q. What are some of the reasons why my trash was not picked up.

A. Due to the nature of our highly customized concierge backyard service, occasionally your trash may not be picked up due to access issues.  Some of these reasons may include a car parked in your driveway, your gate locked without providing us an access code or key, or if a menacing dog is loose and barking in your backyard.

Q. What is the “go-back” charge if my trash was missed?

A. $21.05

Q. What are the dates for your compost giveaway?

A. We organize two compost giveaway events in San Marino each year.  Usually in the fall and one in the springtime.  Please check or the city’s website/newsletter.

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