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Residential Services

Waste Management of San Diego provides automated and semi-automated residential solid waste, recycling and green waste services to approximately 10 cities and portions of the county.

What is automated service?

Grey Trash bin

Automated service utilizes a truck equipped with a mechanical arm that lifts your trash and recycling containers from the street and empties the containers' contents into the truck - without the driver ever leaving the cab. This type of service is successfully used in more than 2,800 communities in the United States.

Automated trash service offers many benefits.

It provides greater flexibility to our customers. You may select the size of trash and recycling containers that best fit your needs, whether 35 gallons (122 lbs max), 64 gallons (150 lbs max) or 96 gallons (200 lbs max). Separate containers are utilized for trash, mixed recyclables and green waste.

It is also more convenient. You can also fill your containers without having to worry about how heavy the contents are - simply wheel the containers to the curb on your service day and the truck's mechanical arm will do the rest.

The automated containers are more durable, and reduce the likelihood of tipping or spilling. Because they are uniform in appearance, they also help neighborhoods look neater and cleaner.

Utilizing an automated system also allows us to offer green waste collection in most service areas, dedicating one container for weekly green waste recycling.

For additional information about your service and what types of materials you may place in each of your containers, call (619) 596-5100.

Become a Recycling Ambassador! Recycle Right by keeping these three things in mind:

  • Recycle all bottles, cans and paper.
  • Keep items clean and dry.
  • No plastic bags in the recycling.

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Christmas Tree Recycling

If you live in an HOA community serviced by Waste Management that has green waste services, Waste Management will collect and recycle Christmas trees for the first two weeks following Christmas on your scheduled collection day. Trees taller than six feet must be cut in half and placed inside your green waste cart. If your tree is too big for the green waste cart, please cut into 4’ lengths and place next to the green waste cart.  Please remove all decoration including tinsel, lights, ornaments and tree stands. Flocked trees cannot be recycled, so please cut them to fit into your trash cart and they will be collected by your trash collector.

If you do not have green waste services, please contact Customer Service at (619) 596-5100 to schedule the pick-up of your Christmas tree for a nominal fee.  You may also take advantage of our free drop off location at the El Cajon Recycle Buy Back Center (see address below).

El Cajon Transfer Station – Christmas Tree Drop Off

The El Cajon Transfer Station will accept Christmas trees from December 26 to January 12 during the hours of 7am to 4pm Monday through Friday and 7am to 12pm on Saturdays. There is no cost when dropping off. Please drop off your trees at the El Cajon Recycle Buy Back Center located at: 925 O’Conner Ave in El Cajon, just southwest of the intersection of Bradley Ave and Johnson Ave.