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2017 CalendarIn July 2016, the previous system of collecting yard material loose in the street changed to a hybrid system of yard material piles and organics carts. More information about the organics collection program.

Check the schedules below to find your pick-up days.

2017 Collection and Yard Material Pile Set-Out Dates for:
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Yard Material Pile Collection Map

YARD MATERIAL PILES MAY NOT BLOCK ANY PORTION OF A BIKE LANE. This may mean that your yard waste pile cannot be 5 feet wide if it obstructs the bike lane. Yard material piles can cause cyclists to crash by slipping or getting branches stuck in their wheel spokes. Due to their low profile and non-uniform size, cyclists may not see the piles until they come upon them, especially in the absence of street lighting.

Some streets are too narrow to accommodate vehicle traffic, bike lanes and yard material piles. On these streets, yard material piles may not be placed for pick-up because they will block the bike lane. These streets include (but are not limited to) East 8th Street (from B Street to J Street), 5th Street (from A Street to L Street) and B Street (from 7th Street to E 14th Street). Yard material piles are not allowed in the downtown core area (the area bounded by 5th Street, the south side of 1st Street, the west side of B Street and the Union Pacific railroad tracks).

bike lane single-stripe In order to make yard material collection easy for you and safe for others, please give your yard materials a little T.L.C.

Timing—Please place yard material piles on the street the day before pickup. This reduces the number of days the piles pose a hazard to bicyclists and also limits the amount of debris movement across the street during windy weather conditions.

Limit The Size—Yard material piles can create serious hazards for cyclists and have caused cyclists to crash because they may not see piles in time to properly avoid them, especially at night. In addition, piles in the gutter may not only cause flooding, but also bring pollutants to nearby waterways. Place piles away from the curb or gutter to avoid making contact with storm water, while being careful not to obstruct the bike lane. This may mean that your yard material pile cannot be 5 feet wide if any part of it obstructs the bike lane or protrudes into the gutter. Yard material piles cannot be larger than 5’x5’x5’ at any given time.

—Composting returns nutrients back into the soil, cuts down on the need for pesticides and fertilizers and saves water. Visit DavisRecycling.org to learn more about composting. To receive a compost bin via the City’s compost correspondence class, contact Davis Public Works at 757-5686.

If you have excess yard trimmings that you can't fit in your organics cart and your next scheduled yard material pick-up day is too far off, you have options!

  • Ask your neighbors if they have room in their organics carts for your excess yard trimmings.
  • Contact Davis Waste Removal (756-4646) for a special pick-up quote. The quote will be based on the volume, size, and type of yard material. Yard materials may be placed on the street (no more than 5 days) or customer’s property for pick-up.
  • Contact a landscaping company for a quote to haul away excess yard materials. The yard materials must be placed only on the customer’s property and not in the street.
  • Contact a tree removal company to chip and/or haul away yard materials. The yard materials must be placed only on the customer’s property and not in the street.
  • Donate your yard trimmings to the Sacramento Zoo to feed the animals. See details on the Sacramento zoo website:
  • You can request additional organics cart. Fees apply.Residents can contact the City Finance Department to request additional carts (757-5651). Businesses can contact Davis Waste Removal for additional organics carts (756-4646).


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