Seasonal Leaf Collection

Republic Services and Waste Management, the City's two residential waste collection service providers, start their seasonal "Leaf Season" collection on October 1 and ends on December 31.


Extra Leaf Pick-up Service

During Leaf Season only, your service provider will collect up to (5) additional bags (preferably clear plastic) of leaves at no additional charge. Just place the bagged leaves next to your green/food waste cart on your regular service day. Extra Service stickers are not required for bagged leaves during "Leaf Season."


Remember, leaf bags must contain only leaves.  If a bag contains leaves mixed with grass trimmings, branches, brush, or other non-leaf content, the bag will not be collected without an "Extra Service" sticker.


After December 31st, only bags with "Extra Service" stickers will be picked up.


Tips for Managing Leaf Season

Because all green waste must be containerized, the City and the service providers have created a helpful list of tips to help manager leaves during "Leaf Season."


Illegal Leaf Piles

Residents are not allowed to rake, blow ,or pile leaves in the street for collection. Placing piles of leaves in the street or gutter is a violation of the Stockton Municipal Code and could make you subject to a fine.


The only leaves that should be in the street are those that fall naturally into the street from the trees. Only these leaves will be collected by street sweepers every other week.

Procedure for complaints about leaf piles in the street:

  1. The Solid Waste and Recycling Field Specialist or a Code Enforcement Officer verify the loose pile of green waste or leaves in the public right-of-way (street or gutter).
  2. The officer issues a 24-hour Violation Warning Notice with the "Intent to Abate" box checked.  This provides notice that the piles must be removed from the public right-of-way.
  3. The next day, the officer inspects the area again. If the pile is still there, the Officer issues a 24-hour Administrative Citation, which carries inspection and case processing fees as noted in the City's Fee Schedule.
  4. The following day, the officer can either issue another Administrative Citation, with an additional inspection fee and fine, or have the pile(s) removed by a City contractor, with the contractor and administrative fees charged to the owner/tenants who are in violation.


Further Assistance

Please contact your service provider with any questions about this seasonal collection service.



External Links

Stockton Recycles 

Stockton Municipal Code 8.04.210 - Managing green waste



This City of Stockton web page last reviewed on --- 9/21/2017