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Every day, we’re working to meet the needs of Salinas customers. Rely on us to provide cost-effective garbage collection, recycling programs and solid waste disposal for your home, for your business and for government while minimizing strain on the planet’s resources.

Residential Customers

  • Carts must be set out for service by 6:00am on your designated collection day.

Business Customers

  • Carts or bins must be set out for service by 4:00am on your designated collection day.

Solid Waste Guidelines

  • All trash must be contained in the cart or bin issued by Republic Services.
  • All household trash should be bagged. Bagging your trash will help keep the cart or bin clean and sanitary, and prevent litter on windy days.
  • For proper servicing and public health reasons, the lids must be completely closed. If the lid is not closed due to the cart or bin being overfilled you will be subject to an overload charge.
  • If extra bags are placed outside the cart or bin you will be subject to an extra bag charge.
  • Please call Republic Services to upgrade your trash service to avoid these charges.
  • The carts and bins remain the property of Republic Services. Please do not take them with you when you move.
  • Place carts at least 6 feet away from any automobiles, mailboxes or anything else that would impede our ability to service.
  • Salinas code requires that basketball hoops are removed from the street on collection day
  • For residential customers the placement of your cart is very important, since the collection vehicle’s lifting arm requires clearance of 3 feet on both sides of the cart and 12 feet overhead.
  • Carts should be facing toward the street with the hinges facing away from the street.

Items that CANNOT be placed in the trash container: construction and demolition debris, dirt, sod, concrete, rock, hot ashes, hazardous waste, batteries, light bulbs, tires, medical waste or flammable materials such as oil, gas and paint.

All-in-One Recycling

  • Aluminum Cans, Trays & Foils (trays and foils must be clean) Examples: Soda cans, beer cans, pie trays, aluminum foil
  • Steel Cans, Tins and Aerosols (all must be empty) Examples: Spray paint, hairspray, air freshener, deodorant spray, vegetable cans, soup cans, etc.
  • Plastics #’s 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 7 (all lids and labels may remain on container)
    • #1 PET (clear and green plastic resin) such as soda, water, and flavored beverage bottles)
    • #2 HDPE (clear plastic and colored resin) such as milk and juice jugs, dishwasher and laundry detergent, fabric softener and bleach bottles
    • #3 HDPE (colored plastic resin) such as health and beauty aid products, medication bottles, household cleaners and air fresheners
    • #4 LDPE (grocery containers) such as butter, margarine, cottage cheese, sour cream, hip and dip tubs, frozen desert cups, gallon ice cream containers, coffee cans and coffee creamer containers
    • #5 PP (grocery containers) such as yogurt cups, narrow neck syrup, spices and seasoning containers, ketchup, mustard, and salad dressing containers
    • #7 Plastic Resin such as plastic buckets, kitty litter containers (5 gallon size maximum)
  • Commingled Paper Fiber—If you can tear the paper it can go in. Examples: Newspapers, magazines, catalogs, telephone books, office, computer, and notebook paper, school papers, drawings, pictures, books, mail, junk mail, envelopes , wrapping paper and paper bags.
  • Cardboard and Chipboard Examples: Cereal, cake, food mix, gift boxes, soda and beer can carrying cases
  • Glass: jars, bottles.
  • Plastic Bags: “Bag in a Bag” program.

**Please remember--all items need to be clean, empty and dry; flatten all cardboard boxes
Styrofoam is not accepted in this program

Green Waste

Accepted Items:
  • Grass clippings, twigs, leaves, plants, flowers, tree and plant trimmings, weeds, small branches, etc.

Not Accepted:
  • Trash, recycling, dirt, rocks, sod, plastic bags, poison oak, plastic pots, food, pet waste, etc.

Warning! Contamination in green waste will result in:
  • Additional disposal charge of $8.50
  • Reduction and/or removal of green waste cart
  • Mandatory increase to next level trash cart


Bulk Waste Program

Republic Services will provide a bulk item pick-up service for our customers at no additional cost, once every 12 months.

Bulk Items Accepted: chairs, mattresses, couches, large appliances, water heaters, e-waste, etc. We will take up to 2 cubic yards (3’ high x 3’ wide x 6’ long)

Bulk Items NOT Accepted: Loose, boxed or bagged trash, carpet, construction material, wood, paint, batteries, chemicals or hazardous waste.

Call customer service at 831-775-3840 for more information or to schedule a pick-up.​