Important information regarding Residential Organic Waste Recycling start date. Read more about Residential Organic Waste

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Curbside Yard Waste Recycling

The Environmental Services Department Curbside Yard Waste Recycling Program currently serves approximately 200,000 City of San Diego households. Find out if this service is available at your residence.
Does your neighborhood have curbside yard waste recycling?

If so, acceptable yard waste is to be placed in the appropriate container and left in the designated trash collection area outside your property.

green bin with wheelsAutomated Bin Collection

Residences with automated bi-weekly yard waste collection have a City-provided curbside green bin. Please roll out your green bin for pick up on your collection pick up day. Set the green bin wheels against the curb, with the handles facing your home and make sure the lid is closed.

Manual Bin Collection

Photo of Refuse Can of GreeneryResidences with manual bi-weekly yard waste collection must provide their own collection container. Please put yard waste into a 32 or 45-gallon trash container with no lid to the curb for pick up on your collection pick up day.

Never use paper or plastic bags for any yard waste collection. The bags contaminate the mulch and compost that is made from the greenery and greatly decreases its marketability to be used.

Why Recycle Yard Waste?

Recycling greens is essential to lengthening the life of the landfill. In fact, over three cubic yards of landfill are saved for every ton of greens recycled! By recycling your greens you help the City produce useful compost, mulch and wood chips which are available at the Miramar Greenery.

What Are the New Organic Waste Recycling Changes?

The new weekly organic waste recycling collection for food scraps, food-soiled paper and yard waste will be rolled out over many months for all households with City provided collection services and is dependent on when the new Collections trucks arrive. 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.

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