Trash and Recycling Collection in Merced, California



The City of Merced provides weekly curbside trash and recycling collection to residents through the Public Works Department. This article covers Merced’s collection schedule, services, policies, and contact information.

Overview of Trash and Recycling Services

  • Weekly curbside trash collection
  • Weekly curbside recycling collection
  • Weekly yard waste collection
  • Bulky item and extra yard waste collection by request
  • Household hazardous waste drop-off site
  • Printable collection calendars available

Trash and recycling collection in Merced is handled by the Refuse Division of the Public Works Department. The city provides weekly curbside pickup of trash, recycling, and yard waste to single-family homes.

Trash Collection Schedule

  • Weekly curbside trash collection on designated day
  • Find collection day by address using Collection Schedule Lookup
  • Trash must be in city-issued carts or cans up to 32 gallons
  • Excess trash is collected by request

Trash is collected weekly at the curb on a designated weekday. Collection days are assigned by address and can be looked up using the Collection Schedule Lookup. Trash must be inside city-issued carts or 32-gallon cans. Excess trash outside containers is collected by request.

Recycling Collection Schedule

  • Weekly curbside collection on designated day
  • Collected on same day as trash service
  • Sort recyclables into city-issued carts
  • See list of accepted recyclables

Recycling is collected weekly on the same day as trash. The city provides recycling carts to sort accepted recyclables, including plastic containers, paper, cardboard, aluminum cans, and glass bottles. Check the recycling guide for details.

Yard Waste Collection

  • Weekly collection on designated day
  • Grass clippings and leaves must be bagged
  • Tree branches must be cut to 4 feet or less
  • Extra yard waste collected by request

Yard waste is collected weekly on the regular collection day. Grass clippings, leaves, and other yard debris must be placed in trash bags or cans. Tree branches and prunings must be bundled and cut to 4 feet or smaller. Extra yard waste outside weekly limits is collected by request.

Bulky Item and Extra Waste Collection

  • Collection by appointment on regular day
  • For large items like furniture, appliances, carpets
  • Extra trash and yard waste also collected

Bulky items that don’t fit in carts like furniture and appliances are collected by appointment on the normal collection day. Extra trash and yard waste above the weekly limits will also be picked up. Call 209-385-6800 to schedule bulky item collection.

Household Hazardous Waste

  • Permanent drop-off site at Merced Regional Waste Facility
  • Accepts paint, chemicals, oil, batteries, electronics
  • Open M-F 8am-4pm, Sa 8am-12pm

Household hazardous waste can be dropped off at the Regional Waste Facility at 7040 N Highway 59. Items accepted include paint, chemicals, motor oil, batteries, and electronic waste. The site is open Monday-Friday 8am-4pm and Saturday 8am-12pm.

Holiday Collection Schedule

Trash collection is delayed by one day after these major holidays:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

View the holiday schedule for specific dates. Collection moves to the following day for the remainder of the week after a holiday.

Eligibility and Fees

  • Trash and recycling service provided to all single-family residences
  • Multi-family and commercial service also available
  • Funded through monthly trash fees on utility bill

Trash and recycling collection is provided to all single-family homes in Merced. Multi-family residences and commercial businesses can also receive city collection by request. The service is paid through a monthly Solid Waste fee assessed on city utility bills.

Information and Contact

Learn more about Merced’s trash and recycling programs at the following resources:

Contact the Refuse Division:

Public Works Department
1776 Grogan Ave
Merced, CA 95340

Phone: 209-385-6800
Email: [email protected]


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