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The City has been considering changes to the street sweeping and yard material pile collection schedules. Discussions of alternative collection schedules have occurred at multiple City Council and City Commission Meetings (details and links to meeting agendas are available here). A public workshop was held in January 2019 to review the some of the options selected by Council. Feedback from the workshop and several commissions was presented to the City Council on February 5, 2019.

At their regular meeting on Tuesday, February 5, 2019, the Davis City Council voted on modifications to the existing on-street yard material pile collection service frequency. These changes will not occur immediately, and the current collection schedule (described below) will remain in effect until fall 2019.

Current Schedule
Yard material piles are collected in the street once a month (during the first week starting with a Monday of every month) and once a week from mid-October through mid-December. Streets are currently swept once per month. For details on the current collection schedule, please see below.

Future Schedule
The future schedule adopted by Council has 11 collection times, or “pick-ups” per year: 10 pick-ups in the fall/winter and one pick-up in the spring. In addition, Council has asked staff to look at the frequency of street sweeping and return with recommendations.

Details on the future collection schedule will be developed over the next few months. Before any changes are made to the collection schedule, there are a number of steps that must be taken, including modifications to the City’s Municipal Code and an amendment to the waste hauling agreement with Recology. It is anticipated that the changes will be in place by Fall 2019. The City will communicate information about the revised schedule to residents well in advance of the changes. Concurrent with the changes, the City hopes to launch an email notification system where residents can sign up to receive a reminder about when the pick-up will occur for their part of town.

More information and reference documents.

Most of the year, (from mid-December to mid-October), yard material piles will be collected once a month (during the first week starting with a Monday of every month). Piles may be set out no more than 5 days before a scheduled pick-up day.

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

2019 Yard Material Pile Pick-Up Schedule

2019 schedule

January - March 2019 Yard Material Pile Collection Schedule (PDF)

April - September 2019 Yard Material Pile Collection Schedule (PDF)

Detailed Yard Material Collection Map

Letter to landscapers (Spanish)

Enter your address in the box below and select the address from the drop-down list to find your yard material pick-up day.

Please note: This address list is compiled from the City's GIS database and the most recent collection schedule data. In addition to the areas marked in orange on the map above, certain addresses do not have yard material pile collection service due to conflicts with bike lanes, etc. These areas include, but are not limited to, B Street (from 7th Street to E 14th Street), East 8th Street (from B Street to J Street) and 5th Street (from A Street to L Street). A detailed service area map is available here. If you notice any inaccuracies with this database, or if you have any questions about your pick-up day, please contact the Public Works Department (PWWeb@CityofDavis.org, or 757-5686).

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  • From mid-December to mid-October: yard material piles may be set out no more than 5 days before a scheduled pick-up day.
  • 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).
  • Leaves and grass are not allowed in yard material piles unless the organics cart is already full.
  • Place yard materials directly in front of the property it came from, not across the street or around the corner—this is illegal dumping and the pile will not be picked up!
  • Place yard material piles 18” from the curb or gutter.
  • Yard material piles may not be larger than 5 feet in any direction.
  • Do not block fire hydrants, driveways or stormdrain inlets with yard material piles.
  • Be aware that yard material piles can create serious hazards for cyclists; YARD MATERIAL PILES MAY NOT BE PLACED IN ANY PORTION OF A BIKE LANE.
  • Yard material piles will not be permitted on streets where they will be placed in the bike lane.
  • Yard material piles are not permitted in The Cannery development.
  • Do not park or drive over yard materials.
  • Do not place bagged yard materials in piles—leave yard materials loose in piles on the street.
  • DO NOT use a leaf blower to blow material into the street unless it is being placed in a yard material pile. DO NOT leave trash in yard material piles.


  • Prunings
  • Weeds
  • Discarded floral displays
  • Leaves & grass clippings--ONLY IF THE ORGANICS CART IS FULL
  • Indoor plants
  • Christmas trees
  • Branches up to 8 inches in diameter
  • Brush


  • No leaves & grass clippings in yard material piles unless the organics cart is already full
  • Sod
  • Soil
  • Fruit
  • Branches larger than 8 inches in diameter
  • Pet waste
  • Trash
  • Flowerpots
  • Florists' wire
  • Stumps
  • Fencing
  • Bricks
  • Concrete
  • Rocks
  • Wood


Street Sweeping Schedule

Streets are swept once per month, the week after yard material pick-up (during the fall, it occurs the second full week of the month). The downtown core area is swept once per week.


Bicycle Safety and Yard Material Piles

bike lane double-stripe

YARD MATERIAL PILES MAY NOT BE PLACED IN ANY PORTION OF A BIKE LANE. This may mean that your yard material pile cannot be 5 feet wide if it is placed 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 be in 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 also 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).

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 place them in any portion of the bike lane. This may mean that your yard material pile cannot be 5 feet wide if any part of it is in the bike lane or protrudes into the gutter. Yard material piles cannot be larger than 5’x5’x5’ at any given time.

Composting—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. Receive a compost bin via the City’s Online Compost Class!

Got Extra Yard Trimmings?

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! Yard material management flier (PDF)

1. “LEAF” IT ON SITE Instead of taking the time and energy to gather up your yard trimmings you can “leaf” them where they lie.

MULCH MOW Mulching lawnmowers chop grass clippings so finely that they fall in-between the blades of grass in your lawn and quickly decompose, recycling nutrients into your yard. You can even mulch mow leaves that fall onto your lawn.

LEAF MULCH Fallen leaves make an excellent and natural mulch for trees. When possible, leave your leaves where they fall and allow them to decompose, recycling nutrients back to the trees, creating a natural block for weeds, enriching the soil and preserving soil structure and moisture. Fallen leaves can be mulch mowed onto lawns as well.

YARD TRIMMINGS AS MULCH Leaves, trimmings and lawn clippings make excellent mulch for bushes and small trees. Layer yard trimmings 4-6 inches thick under bushes and around the base of your trees.

Start a backyard compost pile for your yard trimmings and create your own nutrient-rich compost! The City has many composting resources available, including booklets, web tutorials, and an online class! Davis residents in single-family homes can take the online composting class and receive a backyard composting bin for only $10.

All customers in Davis have access to an organics recycling cart that’s collected weekly along with trash and recycling. You’d be surprised how much can fit into one organics cart! Yard materials do not always nest well, so here are some tips on how to make the most out of the space in your organics cart.

CHOP IT Chop materials up into pieces 18” or shorter before placing them in your organics cart.

SQUISH IT When your cart seems full, tamp it down with a shovel, broom or rake to free up more space for materials.

DRY IT Yard materials can lose a lot of their mass as they dry, leaving more space in your organics cart. As materials dry, tamp them down again and stuff in more.

MULTIPLY IT Customers can get additional carts (fees apply). Residential organics carts are emptied once a week, offering a simple low-cost way to compost your yard trimmings. To request additional organics carts, residents can contact the City Finance Department (757-5651) and businesses can contact Recology Davis (756-4646).

If you have a one-time excess amount of yard trimmings, you can ask your neighbor if you can place some of your extra trimmings in their organics cart.

Ask a business to remove the yard trimmings materials for you.

RECOLOGY DAVIS Contact Recology Davis (756-4646) for details and pricing on a large drop box for yard debris—they drop off the box for you, then haul it away after you’ve filled it with yard trimmings. You can also contact Recology for a quote on an off-schedule pile pick-up. The quote will be based on the volume, size, and type of yard material.

LANDSCAPERS Contact a landscaping company for a quote to haul away excess yard materials.

TREE REMOVAL Contact a tree removal company to chip and/or haul away larger trimmings.

Donate your yard trimmings to the Sacramento Zoo to feed the animals. See details on the Sacramento zoo website, SacZoo.org/Support/Other-Ways-To-Give/Browse-Donation.

Consider upgrading your landscape to include low maintenance plants that don’t require a lot of pruning, cutting and trimming—saving you time and reducing the amount of yard trimmings you have to manage.