Materials Recovery Facilities (MRF)

Where Does Your Trash Go?


For over 50 years, our family owned and operated company has grown to represent leadership in recycling and sustainability within the communities we serve in Southern California. We offer both residential and commercial recycling services and are prepared to assist businesses in complying with the recycling mandate, AB 341.

As one of the largest recyclers in Los Angeles County, Athens Services is committed to helping your business and community meet its disposal needs and better the environment through improved waste management.

Materials Recovery Facilities

City of Industry MRF

This Athens Services' recycling facility, also known as a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), was the first and only mixed waste processor in Los Angeles County when it began operating in 1996. It was expanded and improved in 2007 and is currently one of the highest-diverting mixed waste MRFs in Southern California. This state-of-the-art facility can process 5,000 tons of mixed material each day with virtually no noise or odor impact to the surrounding community. The operations for the MRF are fully enclosed and utilize forced air circulation with carbon filters to assist in odor control. The Athens MRF is strategically located adjacent to the 605 and 60 freeways enabling Athens Services to effectively accommodate cities in the counties of Los Angeles, Riverside and Orange.

There exists a dedicated food waste line to process and remove contaminates from organics before being delivered to our compost facility, American Organics in Victorville, CA.

Sun Valley MRF

Athens Services Sun Valley MRFA first of its kind in Los Angeles, this facility is LEED certified, equipped with a solar power collection system and furnished with the latest energy efficient environmental controls in the industry. Since its opening in 2014, this hi-tech waste separation facility has been winning awards. The operation is fully enclosed and equipped with fast acting doors and a misting system to assist with mitigating odor, dust and storm water impacts. The facility’s 24-hour community hotline is (888) 836-7903. Athens is continuing to convert its existing truck and mobile fleet to alternative-fuel powered vehicles.

The MRF equipment is custom designed by Bulk Handling Systems (BHS) and based on Athens’ extensive experience processing MSW, multi-family, single family and commercial material streams in Southern California. The 80,000-square-foot facility can separate 1,500 tons of waste a day.

The system features a combination of BHS screening, Nihot air and NRT optical technologies to recover recyclables and organics. The system is highly flexible and designed to process the different streams with a blend of automated machinery and manual sorting. All of the high value commodities, such as fiber & containers, go through a series of processing steps to maximize recovery and remove contaminants. Every type of technology used in the system is field proven in these same applications.

City of Irwindale (proposed MRF)

Athens recently signed a long term contract with the City of Irwindale to permit, design, construct and operate a new regional MRF. The facility will have the ability to process mixed waste processing, construction and demolition, organic and green waste, source separated recyclables, transfer, and self-haul recovery.

We are a neighbor friendly facility. By conducting our activities inside a building we eliminate noise and our air filtration system eradicates odor impacts.

Mixed materials are collected thoughout Los Angeles County and brought to the Athens Services' recycling facility where it is unloaded and fed onto the sorting equipment by a tractor.

Utilizing a combination of machinery and skilled work force, recyclables are removed from the mixed material.

Once sorted, each commodity is baled and shipped to domestic and foreign markets.