Special Instructions

For small amounts of clean, uncontaminated dirt, like a small flowerbed for example, and if it is no more than 10 lbs, it may be disposed of in your green waste cart.

However, dirt is excellent re-use material so there might be a spot where it can be used, for example, to even out holes, or maybe a neighbor might use it for a new landscape. Often local farmers welcome extra dirt for their off-street roads and fields. Consider reusing instead of disposing.

For larger quantities over 10 lbs, dirt can be dropped off at:

Clean Planet
Port of Stockton RD 23, Stockton | Call ahead (209) 463-1067.

United Facilities, Inc 
3535 Perlman Dr, Stockton| Call ahead (209) 470-1489.

North County landfill
17720 E. Harney Ln, Lodi | Call ahead (209) 887-3868

If you prefer to have the dirt picked up by a permitted hauler, call your waste hauler for pricing.

Republic Services: 209-466-3604
Waste Management: 209-946-5711

construction & demolition

Dirt = C&D Waste

Dirt is considered construction and demolition (C&D) waste. For information about disposal see Construction Materials.

Trash Bin

Too Heavy for the Garbage

Dirt is too heavy to be disposed of through regular curbside collection. Do not put dirt in your garbage.

Ways to Reuse

Backyard Projects

Keep leftover dirt to use for future backyard projects, such as raised garden beds or fixing low spots in your yard. You can store dirt in a few sturdy storage bins — just keep the bins out of the elements and direct sunlight.

Give It Away

Friends or neighbors may be in need of dirt for their own home projects. Consider posting your dirt on a local reselling website or app such as Nextdoor, Craigslist, Freecycle, or OfferUp. You can also try DirtMatch, an online dirt exchange connecting people who have dirt with people who need dirt.

Give to a Landscaping Company

Some landscaping companies need extra dirt, and may take your dirt for free. Some landscaping companies may charge a small fee to accept your dirt.