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The City of San Diego has  provided trash collection services to the public for nearly 100 years. In fiscal year 2018, crews collected more than 410,700 tons of trash from 289,000 residences in San Diego. Of that total, crews collected over 65,000 tons of household recyclables and over 33,000 tons of yard waste.

Trash is collected weekly, Monday-Friday, 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The collection day depends on where you live in the City. Trash must be set out at the curb or alleyway by 6 a.m. for pickup. To help prevent litter in our neighborhoods, please bag or wrap all loose trash material before you place it in your trash container. It's OK to keep your recyclables loose.

There is no collection of City of San Diego trash, recyclables, or yard waste on the following 2018 City-observed holidays:

  • New Year's Day, Jan. 1
  • Memorial Day, May 28
  • Independence Day, July 4
  • Labor Day, Sept. 3
  • Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22
  • Christmas Day, Dec. 25

Starting on the day of the holiday, trash is collected one day later for the remainder of that week. For example, if the City holiday falls on a Monday, then Monday's trash will be picked up on Tuesday, etc., and Friday's trash will be collected on Saturday.

Informational Publications

For questions or concerns about your collection service or container, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions webpage, or contact Environmental Services at 858-694-7000 or email [email protected].

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