Department of Public Utilities

Trash Disposal & Recycling

Operation Clean Up

Operation Clean Up is a program that provides a way for residents to dispose of bulky items. Once a year, the City of Fresno makes it’s rounds to pick up  items too large for regular trash collection.

Prior to Operation Clean Up, the biggest contender the City of Fresno faced was illegal dumping that costs residents hundreds of thousands of dollars a year to clean up.

Please Recycle as much as you can.

For your Operation Clean Up schedule, please use the lookup tool below or contact Community Sanitation at (559) 621-1452

Multi-Family Residences: Apartment Buildings

Residents of multi-family residences can receive Operation Clean Up if the property management has made prior arrangements. Please call Community Sanitation at (559) 621-1452.

Operation Clean Up does not pick up trash generated by any other property other than the residence being serviced. Only residences that currently pay their sanitation fee on the utility bill will be serviced.

****All items are delivered to CARTS receiving center for separation and recycling****

**** No items are taken to the landfill****

BY LAW, YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE for any dangerous conditions you create due to the amount and/or the location of the trash placed out for pick up. Trash should not be placed out more than 7 days prior to pick up. Trash placed out earlier than 7 days before the scheduled pick up creates a hazard and will be referred to code enforcement for possible citation and/or legal action.”


Put debris in the street in front your home, along the curb.

  • If you have a speed bump:
    Try to find space on either side of the speed bumps, if not available then placing the debris on the speed bumps will be okay.
  • If you have a bike lane:
    Either place debris out the night before your scheduled pick up, or place debris on your parking strip.
  • If you have an alley:
    No debris will be picked up from alleys. Please put all your debris in the street in front your home, along the curb.


  • No later than 6:00 a.m. on your scheduled day
  • No earlier than 7 days prior to your scheduled day
Items Accepted
Mattresses and box springs Yes
Hot tub or a spa Yes: no larger than 8’ x 8’ and cut into 4′ x 4′ sections.
Wood fencing Yes: no longer than 4 ft. and stacked neatly, keep it separate from other debris. Anything longer than 4’ needs to be cut.
Hot water heater, sink or commode Yes: drain all water before setting out
Furniture and appliances Yes: secure the door on refrigerators and freezers.
Glass and/or sliding glass doors Yes: contain the glass to help reduce the residue broken glass can leave behind
Boxes and cardboard Yes. However you can also dispose of them in your blue recycle container each week.
Cabinets Yes: disassemble into individual components
Do's & Don'ts


  • Place the Operation Clean Up discards in the same location as your regular garbage (solid waste) pick up, 1 to 2 feet from the curb or fence line. There is NO ALLEY SERVICE for Operation Clean Up. Discards should be away from sewer vents, water meters, mailboxes, fire hydrants and must be placed 1 – 1 1/2 feet from the curb.
  • Avoid parking your vehicle on the street the day of the pickup.
  • Set items out by 6:00 A.M. on the scheduled day of pick up.
  • Allow all day for the completion of the Operation Clean Up. If the crews are able to work ahead, they will return on your scheduled day.
  • Air-dry paint and dispose of it in your regular recycling.
  • Tree pruning, lumber, and metal/plastic pipe must be cut into four-foot pieces.
  • Limit concrete, rock, brick, or dirt disposal to a combined total of two wheelbarrow loads.
  • All odd objects, such as swing sets, garage doors, etc. should be disassembled and cut into four-foot pieces.
  • Separate your trash into:
    • Yard Clipping Pile: only include tree limbs, lumber, grass clippings, tree leaves, and brush.
    • Trash Pile: All other debris that cannot be recycled.
  • Recycle all rechargeable and single-use batteries at your local retail stores. Call your local store for details.
  • Questions? Call (559) 621-1111.


  • No tree trimmings or stumps resulting from major tree pruning or removal of trees down to their stump.
  • No explosive materials including ammunition.
  • No discards on the speed bumps.
  • No discards on the park strips.
  • No pesticides and chemicals, including pool acid, and propane tanks. Please call the Fresno County Resources Division at (559) 600-4259.
  • No used motor oil, brake, and transmission fluids. Please call the Recycling Program Hotline at (559) 621-1111 for options.
  • No fifty-gallon drums.
  • No wood preservatives or treated utility poles, including railroad ties.
  • No raw garbage. Garbage should be placed in your gray cart.
  • NO TIRES. Please call the Code Enforcement Division at (559) 621-8400 for information on the disposal of tires.
  • No materials resulting from private contract work and major remodeling work done by contractor or owner including:
    • Roofing projects.
    • Remodeling projects.
    • Major landscaping projects.
    • For remodeling debris, residents can request a special haul from the Solid Waste Management Division at (559) 621-1452 or seek a roll-off bin from a private hauler.
  • No trash generated by businesses operating from within the residential house.
  • No broken television screens or computer monitors.
  • No batteries of any kind will be taken, please dispose of batteries at your local retailer.
Illegal Dumping

Illegal dumping is the #1 complaint. We need your help in stopping this. If you see someone illegally dumping in your neighborhood, write down the following information:

  • Year, color and make of the vehicle
  • Date and time
  • License plate number
  • Type of debris dumped
  • Description of the person(s) illegally dumping

Report this info to the Code Enforcement at (559) 621-8400.

Illegal Dumping
Cleanup Schedule Lookup