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The City of San Diego has  provided trash collection services to the public for more than 90 years. This year, crews will collect about 325,000 tons of trash from 289,000 residences in San Diego. Crews will also collect over 60,000 tons of household recyclables and over 30,000 tons of yard waste to be recycled.

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.

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.


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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