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Before you throw something in the garbage, consider if it is really garbage, or if it can be reused or recycled (in the blue mixed recycling container or green organics recycling container). Materials such as disposable face masks, diapers, garden hoses, Styrofoam, pet waste, cooking oil (FOG), treated wood, unusable clothing, broken toys, broken ceramics, etc., go in the garbage.

Not sure if something is recyclable? Use our new Waste Wizard to learn how to recycle and legally dispose of household junk. 

What's banned from your can

Dirt - Rock - Asphalt - Construction or building materials. These materials can be taken to Certified Construction and Demolition Debris Sorting Facilities. Household hazardous waste - paint, batteries, chemicals, as well as E-waste, oil, fluorescent bulbs and medical sharps all require special handling and are illegal to dispose of in your garbage container. Check out our Household Hazardous Waste page for information on proper disposal, and programs where the city will come pick up batteries, oil and fluorescent bulbs at your door.

Food waste and food-soiled paper should not go in the garbage as of July 1, 2022, but go in the organic waste container. 

Household Junk Pickup

All residential customers will receive two appointments per year (February thru October) for the free pickup of acceptable bulky items including yard waste. More information is available on our Household Junk Pickup page.

Dump Coupon

Recycling and Solid Waste customers are mailed an annual Service Guide and a free Dump Coupon in June.  The free dump coupon is good for a free load of material to be dumped at the Sacramento Recycling and Transfer Station (SRTS) at 8491 Fruitridge Road, Sacramento, CA 95826. The Transfer Station is open Monday through Saturday from 8:00am to 5:00pm. 

A load can be up to five (5) cubic yards 4'x4'x9' - approximately the amount you can fit into the bed of a pickup truck. Loads in excess of five cubic yards will be charged to dispose of the extra material per SRTS posted rates.