Trash & Recycling

The information on this page is for residential trash service only.  Business owners please visit the Commercial Trash and Recycling page.

Please note that starting July 1, 2021, a new trash collection schedule will go in effect. 

Trash Collection

The City has a franchise agreement with Athens Services to provide trash and recycling service for all residential and commercial customers in Temple City.

To start or stop trash service, or for questions about your trash bill, please contact Athens directly at (888) 336-6100.  Additional information about Athens services is available on the Athens web site or by calling Athens.

Trash is collected two days per week.  
Please view the Trash Service Schedule to see when trash is collected in your neighborhood.

Trash collection service is not provided on the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. Trash will be collected on the next regularly scheduled day.

Trash cans may be placed curbside starting at 5 p.m. the day before collection and should be placed no later than 6 a.m. on collection day. All cans must be removed no later than 10 p.m. on the day of trash collection.

Trash cans must be 32 to 35 gallons in size. The maximum allowed weight for each trash can is 50 pounds.  For more information about providing your own trash cans, please visit the Athens web site.


Recyclable items do not need to be sorted or separated from trash.  All trash that Athens collects is taken to the Athens Material Recovery Facility where it is sorted. Recyclable items including aluminum, glass, plastic, and paper are separated from the trash for recycling.

Green Waste

Yard/green waste is taken by Athens to a facility where it is converted into mulch.  All yard waste including grass clippings, leaves, and small branches must be separated from trash and placed in designated trash barrels with a “yard waste” sticker.  Stickers are available at City Hall.

Hazardous Waste

Hazardous waste materials include but are not limited to paints, pesticides, fertilizer, pool chemicals, motor oil and other petroleum products, pharmaceuticals, electronic appliances and computers, fluorescent light bulbs and tubes, batteries, and tires.

Hazardous waste cannot be placed in the trash.  If Athens staff identifies hazardous waste in household trash, it will be tagged as hazardous and will not be collected. Please visit the Household Hazardous Waste page for information on how to properly dispose of hazardous waste.

Bulky Items

Larger bulky items such as appliances and furniture can be placed curbside (not in the street) for disposal on the first scheduled pickup day of the week.  For safety reasons, please secure or remove all appliance doors before placing curbside.

Note: For multifamily properties, bulky item service must be requested in advance. A one-time bulky item pickup fee will be added to the trash service bill. If your trash service is provided by your landlord or property manager, please contact them to arrange for a bulky item pickup. Dumping items on public or private property without scheduling a pickup is considered illegal dumping and is subject to citation.

Please note that electronic waste (e-waste) and household hazardous waste are not picked up by Athens and must be properly disposed of.

Illegal Dumping

Dumping of any waste on a street, alley, public or private property, or in a trash bin belonging to someone else is illegal. Any person illegally dumping waste is subject to citation. Illegal dumping includes but is not limited to any of the following items:

  • Appliances and electronics
  • Furniture and mattresses
  • Hazardous materials
  • Garbage or recycable items of any kind
  • Construction materials
  • Plants and yard waste
  • Dirt, sand, and rocks
  • Animal carcasses