The city of San Diego provides trash and recycling services to its residents through its Environmental Services Department, as of 2016. Waste Management is a private company that provides trash collection services to residents of San Diego, El Cajon and Santee.
The Environmental Services Department in San Diego picks up trash and recycling on weekdays, with specific days and pickup times based on addresses. The department's website offers a tool through which residents can find their collection schedules, as well as a list of holidays observed by the city on which there is no trash collection. The department's website also offers several publications to assist residents with questions regarding collections, a tool to report illegal dumping and a form through which residents can obtain or replace containers.
Waste Management provides residential, commercial and industrial trash collection in the San Diego area, offers recycling services and rents dumpsters. It offers traditional curbside trash pickup, as well as bulk waste, hazardous materials and yard waste pickup. Waste Management runs a buyback center in El Cajon where people can bring recyclable containers to receive the California Redemption Value. People can also donate their recyclable materials or dispose of electronic waste at the Waste Management El Cajon facility.