Trash collection changes implemented

The city’s Environmental Services Department (ESD) recently implemented new, more efficient routes for trash, recycling and yard waste collection services provided by city forces. For almost all city residents, the days of trash pickup won’t change.

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.”

The redesigned routes require drivers to work four 10-hours shifts each week, which will save the city $4.4 million and reduce the work force by 40 positions.

Here are facts about the new trash/recycling schedule:

  • Unless you’re one of the 862 customers living in Liberty Station, your trash pickup day won’t change.
  • 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.
Residents can find out details about their specific new schedules by calling (858) 694-7000 or visiting the city’s website 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.