San Diego announces trash pick-up plans aimed at cutting costs

Forty trash collectors in San Diego will lose their jobs and others will be asked to work longer hours as part of a garbage pick-up routes overhaul announced Wednesday by the mayor, who said the city will realize savings of about $4.4 million annually.

It also means a change in some holiday pickups.

ESD Director Chris Gonaver said, “This is a new way of doing business for us as we continue to look for ways to streamline our operations and reduce the cost to taxpayers without compromising the quality of service that residents expect from us.”

Important facts about the new trash/recycling schedule:

  • Unless you’re one of the 862 customers living in Liberty Station, your trash pick-up day won’t change. It will remain the same day of the week after July 12 as it is today.
  • Collection times might change. To avoid confusion, waste containers must be placed at the curb by 6 a.m. on collection day.
  • Residents will continue to put out their recycling on the same days they put out their trash. It’s only their designated weeks that might change.
  • The city’s trash, recycling and yard waste collection schedule will no longer observe Veteran’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President’s Day and Cesar Chavez Day. Trash, recycling and yard waste collection will continue during those holiday weeks on the regular Monday through Friday collection schedules.
  • Collection will continue to be delayed by one day following Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays. However, in December 2010, collection will occur on Dec. 24 and Dec. 31 so employees may enjoy the Christmas and New Year’s holidays at home with their families.
Residents can find out details about their specific new schedules by calling (858) 694-7000 or visiting the city’s Web site after July 10 at

The site offers access to a printable 2010/2011 Curbside Recycling Calendar, provides residents with the types of City collection services offered at their addresses, lists what can and cannot be recycled in their blue recycling bin, and displays the City’s recognized holidays when trash, recycling and yard waste collections are delayed by one day.