Athens Services Transfer Station & MRF

Sun Valley, CA

Athens Services’ newest materials recovery facility (MRF) proves the waste collection and recycling services company’s dedication to the communities of Southern California. JRMA created a place that not only is as green as the waste-reduction activity it houses, but showcases technological advancements in waste diversion.

Stand among the administrative offices, walk into the visitors’ area, or sit in the conference room and look out on the MRF’s wide-open layout, made possible by a hybrid pre-engineered metal building system that frames the entire operation. Found in the facility are a dual-line sorting system created with the latest technology, a bale storage and recyclable loadout dock to keep sorted materials ready for transport, and a transfer station where trucks bring material into the building. The transfer station utilizes a tunnel system and fast-activating doors to keep odor, dust, and noise inside the MRF, complying with California’s stringent air quality requirements and reducing noise for the administrative employees’ comfort.

Athens and JRMA’s commitment to sustainability manifests itself in LEED Silver certified additions, such as recycled materials used in construction, automatic lighting accompanying an abundance of natural light, and a rooftop photovoltaic system that generates electricity for the building using solar panels. JRMA’s decision to showcase environmental design and Athens’ investment in greater Los Angeles made this new MRF a testament to improved solid waste management.


Project Facts
Location: Sun Valley, CA
Completion: 2015
Site Area: 4.9 AC
Total Building Area: 74,388 SF
Processing Capacity: 1,500 TPD
Service Type: Master Planning, Architectural Design, Structural Engineering
LEED Certification: Silver
  • 2016 SWANA Silver Excellence Award Recycling Systems
  • 2015 San Fernando Business Journal Commercial Real Estate Awards - Best Industrial Project