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


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Curbside Yard Waste Recycling

Photo of Refuse Can of Greenery

The Environmental Services Department Curbside Yard Waste Recycling Program currently serves 202,000 City of San Diego households. If it is available in your area (see link below to find out) acceptable yard waste is to be placed in the appropriate container and left in the designated trash collection area outside your property.

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.

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.

What Green Waste Can I Recycle in my Yard Waste Container?

Does your neighborhood have curbside yard waste recycling?
If not, you can still recycle your greens by bringing them to the Miramar Greenery.

How to Recycle Greenery

To participate in the curbside recycling program, put yard waste into 32- or 45-gallon trash containers. Never use paper or plastic bags. The bags contaminate the mulch and compost that is made from the greenery and greatly decreases its marketability.