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Environmental Services

Curbside Recycling

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Curbside recycling and curbside yard waste recycling are two of the Department's most popular services. On November 17, 2001, the expansion of curbside recycling was completed citywide.

The new weekly organic waste recycling collection will be rolled out over many months and is dependent on when the new Collections trucks arrive. New trucks to initiate this service will begin arriving the summer of 2022. This timing includes those City serviced residents with existing green bins. The City will notify your home when you will be able to start participating in the weekly organic waste recycling program. Learn more about California Senate Bill 1383 organic waste recycling changes here.

Check Your Trash, Recycling and Yard Waste Collection Schedules for Your Address

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Curbside Recycling Collection

The City of San Diego operates a commingled, automated curbside recycling program that currently serves 276,000 residents with every-other week collection service.

  • This automated collection recycling program facilitates convenient, safe, and cost-effective recycling and helps to discourage scavenging of valuable recyclables.
  • Residents not able to participate in curbside recycling, please see recycling tips in Recycling in Your Community.

The blue recycling containers are available in two sizes, 96- and 64-gallons.

For more information, call Customer Service at 858-694-7000.

  • Set the automated container in the street or alley, wheels against the curb, with the handle facing your home, by 6 a.m. on collection day.
  • Make sure your container is at least three feet from other containers, parked cars, lamp posts, trees, mailbox posts and any other obstructions so the collection truck can access your container. Please remove your container by 6 p.m. on collection day.

  • Please review the above lists of what can be recycled and what can't be recycled, carefully and do not place any trash in the recycling containers.
  • Do not take containers with you if you move. They are the property of the City of San Diego and are numerically registered to the address to which they are originally delivered. Residents should record container numbers in case of theft.
  • If you have additional questions, please call Environmental Services at 858-694-7000.