Department of Public Utilities

Trash Disposal & Recycling

Trash Disposal & Recycling


Solid Waste Management Division – Our Mission

We deliver high quality utility services professionally, efficiently, and in an environmentally responsible manner to ensure the health and safety of our community.

Carts can be placed out for collection any time after 6:00 p.m. the night before your scheduled pickup day, but they must be out before 5:30 a.m. on the day of collection.

Due to a staffing shortage, residential solid waste collection may occur later in the day than usual. To report a missed pickup on your service day, please wait until after 6:30 p.m. to allow for service to be completed in your area.

Report a missed pickup by calling 559-621-6888 after 6:30 p.m., and leave a message on our after-hours voicemail system. A service request will be generated and your location will be serviced within 2 business days. You can also submit a report through FresGO.

For recycling resources, call the Recycling Hotline at (559) 621-1111.

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What goes where? Green. Gray. Blue.

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Recycling Program

Hazardous Waste & Sharps Disposal

Hazardous Waste & Sharps Disposal

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Residential Collection Services

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Operation Clean Up

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Multi-Family & Commercial Services

About the Solid Waste Management Division

The Solid Waste Management Division is responsible for the collection of municipal solid waste, recyclables, green waste, and Operation Clean Up for approximately 121,000 residential customers. The Division also has oversight of litter collection, and solid waste-related FresGO customer service responses for 103 square miles within the Fresno city limits. These collection activities produce approximately 5,300 tons of material each week.

Fast Facts

  • 171 full-time employees
  • $42.4m annual operating budget
  • 86 residential collection trucks
  • Collects trash, green waste and recyclables for approximately 112,000 customers
  • Collects approximately 4,600 tons of material each week
  • Oversees litter collection from Fresno streets across 103 square miles

Community needs have resulted in the creation of various initiatives including:

  • The Homeless Task Force – a partnership of Solid Waste staff with the Police Department and other City personnel. This task force continues to manage waste materials while respectfully handling and storing the personal belongings of our community’s homeless population.
  • Project Blue Initiative – includes the addition of police officers to Solid Waste staffing. Recycling officers have effectively cited or arrested over 244 recycling suspects for theft of recycling materials and have cited over 21 illegal dumpers.