Notes From the Field: No Leaf Piles in City Streets


If you have 3 wheeled carts for trash, recycling, and green waste, you reside within City limits and cannot pile leaves into the street. Instead, you must bag your leaves.

The City of Stockton has some San Joaquin County pockets within City limits, such as this picture from W. Benjamin Holt Drive. County residents are allowed to pile leaves in the street, but city residents are prohibited from this practice.

Remember, during leaf season (Oct 1 – Dec 31), you can put up to 5 bags of leaves next to your green cart for service per week for free.

City Street Sweeping will not pick up piles of leaves. Please do not blow or rake leaves into the street! Learn more about leaf collection in Stockton.

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Notes From the Field: Last Month for Clean Sweep Program!

bulky items


The City of Stockton‘s annual Clean Sweep Program for Bulky Waste ends on October 31. Call your hauler no later than 2 weeks before your preferred pick up day.

By Appointment Only
Clean Sweep piles are collected by appointment only. Residents must call their garbage company two weeks in advance of their requested appointment date. Only one free pick-up is allowed per household, restrictions apply. See Servicer Provider information and details here.

Program Details
For details, please visit the City of Stockton’s Clean Sweep Program page on

Clean Sweep is a City of Stockton program. If you live outside of Stockton’s city limits or in County pockets, please call the San Joaquin County Solid Waste Office at (209) 468-3066 for details about current County programs.

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Notes From the Field: Large Palm Fronds Go in the Trash


Palm fronds should be placed in your trash cart. Palm fronds cannot go in your green waste cart because they are difficult for us to compost. They are hard to run through a chipper and they take a very long time to decompose.

Additionally, do not overfill your cart as shown here. All cart lids should close completely. Material hanging out is more likely to fall out of the cart before it hits the hopper.

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Notes From the Field: Missed Christmas Tree Pickup?


Uh oh, you’ve missed Christmas Tree pickup!

Here’s what you need to do: If the tree is free of decorations, tinsel and stand, cut it up and place it in your green cart. If your tree has been flocked/spray painted, it cannot be composted and must be cut up and placed in your trash cart. Trees can also be taken to any San Joaquin County Landfill facility.

As a reminder, Christmas trees are collected in the City of Stockton between the weeks of Dec 26 – Jan 15 each season.

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