New Recycling Center Brings 110 Jobs to San Fernando Valley

State-of-the Art Facility Features Solar Power, Optical Sorting & Diversion Technology;

Will Aid City of Los Angeles’s Goal of Achieving Zero Waste By 2025

Sun Valley, California, October 10, 2014Community leaders and City of Los Angeles elected officials joined Athens Services yesterday to celebrate the completion and grand opening of a new 80,000-square-foot Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in Sun Valley that will bring more than 110 new full-time jobs to the area. With the addition of this new facility, Athens will have a recycling processing capacity of two million tons per year of solid waste management (MSW), continuing its commitment to build the largest municipal solid waste management infrastructure in the greater Los Angeles area.

This new facility represents a $50 million investment by Athens and reinforces the company’s deep commitment to help the City of Los Angeles achieve its goal of Zero Waste by 2025.

The Sun Valley MRF features state-of-the-art equipment, including advanced optical sorting and diversion technologies, which allows the company to divert as much material as possible from area landfills. The facility, which will accept 1,500 tons of waste per day, was designed to meet Silver LEED® specifications (awaiting certification). The fully enclosed building will be powered with 200kw of rooftop solar. LEED features include lighting and cooling efficiency measures, bicycle racks and lockers, electric vehicle charging stations, and low-VOC building materials.

Construction of the facility began in October 2013 and employed approximately 100 workers per day during that entire period of time. 

More than 50 local business members and employees were in attendance for the event that featured Los Angeles City Councilmembers Nury Martinez and Paul Krekorian who were on-hand to celebrate the grand opening.  

“This industry is rapidly changing and this is a new day and a new opportunity for communities to take a stand in how companies impact their neighborhoods,” said Councilwoman Nury Martinez (6th District). “With a $50 million, 80,000-square-foot solar-powered state-of-the-art facility, Athens is redefining the status quo for industrial companies and changing what residents can expect from their neighbors.”

Councilmember Krekorian (2nd District) lauded the company’s efforts to work closely with the City to develop a facility that brought significant positive benefits to the community. “Athens has committed to more than $230,000 per year in financial support to benefit local health and environmental programs,” said Krekorian. “We are very pleased with the company’s investment in state-of-the-art technologies that make this facility a true community asset.” Athens is continuing to build its recycling infrastructure in the region, with additional MRFs and compost facilities planned in Irwindale and San Bernardino County scheduled for construction in 2016. 

“Athens’ growth in the region is testament to the City’s commitment to achieve Zero Waste,” said Greg Loughnane, president, Athens Services. “We don’t own any landfills. Our focus has always been exclusively on responsible waste collection and investing in the newest technologies to recover as much material as possible for other uses.”

Currently the City of Los Angeles diverts 76.4 percent of its waste, according to the Bureau of Sanitation’s “Zero Waste” 2013 Progress Report. When the City first started tracking waste diversion in 1990, the rate was 20.6 percent. In 2013, the City passed an initiative to achieve Zero Waste by 2025.


About Athens Services

For over 50 years, Athens Services has been a part of the Southern California community that we all proudly call home. We are leading the way to achieve zero waste through advanced recycling and waste diversion. Whether it’s one, two or three bins, everything is always sorted for recycling. Athens Services strives to provide a family-like environment for our employees and customized services that deliver responsible, practical and cost effective solutions for our customers. Our commitment means stable jobs for the community and the very best waste diversion programs in Southern California.

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