Solid Waste Collection
Athens Services provides solid waste collection service to the western side of the City. The eastern side of the City is served by Republic Services. Both Athens and Republic bill residential customers quarterly in advance of services being rendered. Commercial customers are billed monthly in advance.
- Republic Services
Monday-Friday, 7am-6pm and Saturday, 7am-3pm
- Athens Services
Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm and Saturday, 8am-12pm
Business owners or residential householders can, on a weekly basis, collect and dispose of solid waste and recyclables generated from their premises, in lieu of utilizing the services of the City's authorized haulers. They must first obtain a Self-Hauler Permit from the City and comply with the procedures for self-hauling established by the Director of Public Works (WMC Section 8.12.105).
- Self-Hauler Permit Guidelines
- Self-Hauler Permit Application
- Self-Hauler Permit Weight Ticket Report
Senior - Seniors who are head of household, at least 62 years of age and receive supplemental social security benefits are eligible to a 10% discount on standard trash service. Contact your service provider to apply.
Active Military - An active military member may be stationed away from home for long periods of time. This 10% discount on standard trash service will apply so long as the military member maintains the property as his or her residence. Contact your service provider to apply.
Utility User's Tax Exemption - Low income, single-family residential trash customers may be eligible for a $5 per month discount to their trash service in addition to being exempt from City taxes on other utilities. To be eligible, residents must apply through the City and qualify for the Utility Users Tax Exemption.
On Call Bulky Waste and E-Waste Collection
Your solid waste collection service provider will provide residential and multi-family premises four (4) free pickups per year of up to three (3) items per pickup. Call your service provider to schedule the pick-up. Please do not set out items without calling for a special pick-up. These items cannot be collected by the regular automated collection truck that services your containers.
The solid waste fee for single-family residences includes one black cart, up to two green carts and an unlimited number of blue carts. Extra black and green carts will be charged an extra fee.
- Information on ordering more containers, placement of containers and what is acceptable in each container
Holiday Trash Collection Schedule
Trash, recycling and green waste will be collected as regularly scheduled except for the following holidays:
- New Year’s Day
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- Christmas Day
Whenever one of these holidays occurs on a weekday, the collection schedule will be delayed one day for the remainder of the week. For example, since Thanksgiving falls on Thursday, the collection day would be moved to Friday and the collection normally made on Friday would be on Saturday. The final collection for the week would be on Saturday.
Solid Waste Collection and Recycling Franchise Agreements
Whittier Scholarship Program
Republic Services and Athens Services sponsor an annual scholarship program. The essay contest is open to college-bound graduating high school seniors who are residents of the City of Whittier regardless of the location of the high school attended. Unfortunately, students living in the unincorporated Los Angeles County areas of Whittier are not eligible. Athens provides five $500 scholarships to students leaving in their service area, Republic provides four $500 scholarships. The City Social Services Commission evaluates the essays and chooses the winners. Application guidelines for the 2020-2021 Program are now available.