Residential Services

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Stockton residents in a single-family home, duplex or triplex receive residential waste collection services at a fixed rate and include:

  • Weekly trash, recycling, green waste, and food waste collection
  • 12 Extra Service Stickers per year
  • Street sweeping every other week
  • Used motor oil and oil filter collection
  • Annual Stockton Clean Sweep Collection - February 1 to October 31
  • Seasonal Leaf Collection - October 1 to December 31
  • Christmas Tree Collection - December 27 to January 14

Residents receive three-wheeled carts for: trash, recycling, and green/food waste – all for one monthly cost. Weekly waste collection services occur on a day specified by your service provider.

At the start of a new service, residents receive a "Starter Kit" with: 

  1. Information on what material to place in each cart
  2. Set of 12 Extra Service stickers when you have too much waste to fit into any of the carts
  3. List of services included in your monthly service charge
  4. List of special services available at a nominal fee

Most concerns about your service can be resolved by contacting your service provider. If you have additional questions or concerns, Contact Us

Excess Leaves & Debris

If you have excess leaves and debris in your yard as a result of the recent storm condition, use your Organics (green/food waste) cart to collect leaves and small branches for removal on your next service day. Please do not overfill your cart. The lid must close to prevent collected materials from falling out of the cart during service.

Too much to fit in your Organics cart? Use a 35-gallon plastic bag for excess material, place an Extra Service sticker on each bag, and set bags next to your organics cart for collection on your next service day.

Extra pick-ups are also available at a per 90-gallon cart charge of $18.20 (on service day) or $46.88 (on non-service day). Contact your service provider directly to arrange for these special services. 

Report large branches or trees that have fallen and are blocking roadways or sidewalks, contact the City of Stockton Municipal Service Center.

Pick-up Days
Waste collection is provided on specific days based on your location and by your service provider. When you start your service, you will be informed of your waste collection day. You can also use the City's About My Address feature to determine your collection day.

Cart Placement
Carts should be placed curbside, in front of your property after 6 p.m. the day before your scheduled collection day. Carts must be removed from the curbside no later than 11 p.m. on the scheduled collection day.

All 3 carts are emptied on the same day, but not by the same truck. You may choose to set out
your recycling or organics carts only when full, which may not be every week.

Holiday Service Schedule
Collection schedules remain the same on all holidays except for Christmas and New Year's Day. During the Christmas and New Year's holiday weeks, some collection services may be delayed by one day.

Christmas Tree Collection
Christmas trees will be collected for three weeks starting on the first Monday after December 25. Christmas trees should be set out for recycling on your regularly scheduled collection day. Make sure to remove all ornaments, tinsel, lights, and stands.

  • If the tree is taller than 6 feet, cut it in half so it is easier to remove.

  • Place the tree at the curb.

  • Flocked or fireproofed trees may be placed curbside; however, they will not be recycled.

Christmas trees are collected using a rear-loading truck. This truck is different than the trucks that normally empty your wheeled carts. Collection may occur before or after your wheeled carts are emptied on your service day.

If you still have a Christmas tree to dispose of after the special collection period ends, please cut it into smaller pieces and place it in your organics cart for recycling. Flocked or fireproofed trees must be placed in the trash cart as they cannot be recycled.

Any Christmas tree left curbside after the special collection period ends, will be removed and the customer charged the authorized rate for its removal.

Wheeled Carts
Stockton's service providers provide sturdy, easy-to-use wheeled carts for residents to use. The carts have an attached colored lid to alert you to the type of material to put in each cart.

Trash Cart - Gray Lid
Trash is all material that cannot be placed in either the Recycling or Organics (Green & Food Waste) Cart, including things like ashes, pet waste, litter and Styrofoam. Please "Right Size" your cart and keep Stockton clean and green.  

  • Option to choose a 30-, 60- or 90-gallon wheeled cart
  • Weekly pickup when placed curbside on your designated service day
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Recycling Cart - Blue Lid

Stockton's cart system is designed so more items will go into the Recycling cart than the Trash cart. Recycling includes clean and empty, dry bottles, cans, paper and cardboard. Keep recyclables loose. Don't bag recyclables. Only materials free of contaminates are recyclable. 

  • 60-gallon wheeled cart
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  • Recycling Examples

Organics (Green & Food Waste) Cart - Green Lid

Green waste is another name for yard waste such as leaves, tree or shrub trimmings, grass clippings and some indoor items such as unpotted plants.  Food waste also goes in the green-lid cart. Acceptable items may include vegetable and fruit peelings, solid dairy, egg shells, meat, fish, and food contaminated materials such as paper napkins and greasy cardboard pizza boxes.

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  • 90-gallon wheeled cart
    • Residential customers can receive an additional 90-gallon Organic (green waste) Cart for free.
  • Weekly pickup when placed curbside on your designated service day
  • Organics (Green & Food Waste) Examples

Other Services
These services are included in your monthly residential waste collection service at no additional charge.

Extra Service Stickers
Residents receive 12 extra service stickers per year for free pick up of extra garbage, recycling or green waste that will not fit in your carts.

  • Place extra material in a 30-gallon plastic bag; attach the sticker to the bag.
  • Place the bag next to the appropriate cart (gray-lid cart for trash, green-lid cart for green waste and food waste, yellow-lid cart for recycling)
  • Make sure the sticker faces the street for the driver to see.
- Once the 12 extra service stickers have been used, additional service is available at a nominal cost.
- Extra service stickers are mailed directly to the service address each year.
- New set of stickers may be used from January 1 through December 31.

Street Sweeping
Residential areas will be swept every other week on the day following your waste collection day. Sweeping will occur between 4 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Vehicles parked on the street, low-hanging branches or other impediments prohibit sweepers from cleaning streets and gutters. Residents are encouraged to remove vehicles and any other obstacles from the streets on sweeping days.

Seasonal Leaf Collection
During Leaf Season – Oct. 1 to Dec. 31 only – your service provider will collect up to five bags of extra leaves per week at no additional charge.   
Seasonal Leaf Collection information and leaf tips

Backyard Service
This service allows the customer's carts to receive collection services from a location other than at curbside. This is a convenient way to make sure you never miss your weekly collection.

Senior and disabled residents may receive Back Yard Service at no cost with medical verification. For a small monthly fee, residents may request Back Yard Service. Contact your Garbage Service Providers to learn more.


External Links

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Republic Services
Waste Management 
San Joaquin County Solid Waste Division -  Stockton residents outside city limits 


Last Update : 11/30/2023, 9:23:51 AM