Automated Refuse Collection
Rolling cart FAQ's

Residents and businesses receive a comprehensive range of refuse disposal and waste management planning services from the Automated Refuse Collection Division. Currently, the Refuse Collection Division provides service to approximately 109,000 residential customers and 5,600 businesses.

A dark gray, rolling cart is provided to residents for refuse collection. It is collected each week on
the same day as recycling.

Refuse Day: type only your house number and street in the white box below to find out what day
your refuse and recyclables are collected.

Type street address here  
Cart Placement & Care
  • Please have carts out in the alley or curbside by 7 a.m. on your collection day, then bring them in within 12 hours after they have been emptied.
  • Leave 2 feet of space between recycling and trash carts (or parked cars).
  • Place all trash inside your cart. The automated system cannot collect trash set out in other cans, bags or boxes.
  • Make sure the arrow on the lid is pointing toward the street and the lid is closed.
  • Avoid overfilling the cart. The automated system works best if the lid is completely closed. (Do not place more than 200 lbs in your 100-gallon cart, or more than 150 lbs in your 64-gallon cart.)

Due to California's waste reduction law, your monthly service charge will be based on the size and number of carts that you use.

Automated carts are available in two sizes:

100-Gallon = 3 regular trash cans
  64-Gallon = 2 regular trash cans

Refuse Do’s and Don’ts

Yes: the following items can be placed in dark gray cart for collection:

  • Regular household trash
  • Yard waste like tree trimmings, grass clippings, etc. (...or use your yard waste for backyard composting)

No: keep the following items out of your dark gray refuse cart:

  • Recyclables
  • Household hazardous waste (paint, motor oil, gasoline, household cleaners, etc.)
  • Rocks, concrete or dirt
  • Hot ashes
  • Debris from construction, remodeling or demolition
  • Heavy or overszed items that require a special pick up
Holiday Schedule for Refuse and Recycling Collection

Refuse and recycling are collected on all holidays except Christmas and News Year's Day. When Christmas and News Year's Day fall on a weekday, collection for the Holiday and the remainder of that week will be delayed one day, ending Saturday.


Additional information:

Request refuse or recycling carts by filling out our online form.  [MORE]

Learn how refuse is converted at the City's waste-to-energy facility (SERRF).  [MORE]

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