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IMPORTANT UPDATE, RED FLAG WARNING & INTERMITTENT POWER OUTAGES:  Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018 - 10:20 am - There are NO current emergencies in the City of San Marcos. With high Santa Ana winds and red flag warnings in place through Wednesday, Nov. 14, residents can expect intermittent power outages throughout San Marcos and County of San Diego as SDG&E takes steps to keep communities safe from wildfire. Follow San Diego Gas & Electric and visit www.sdge.com/outages for the latest updates. To prepare, San Marcos Fire Department and the County of San Diego are recommending residents take a “Ready, Set, Go!” approach for peak fire season. To learn how you can prepare, visit www.san-marcos.net/beprepared

Trash & Recycling

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Trash and Recycling

The City of San Marcos is committed to helping residents take care of our environment by offering a comprehensive and convenient trash and recycling program in cooperation with EDCO Waste & Recycling Services.

If you are moving to San Marcos and need to establish service, please call EDCO directly at (760) 744-2700.

For more information on the city’s trash and recycling programs, call (760) 744-1050, ext. 3137.

Household Recycling

Convenient curbside recycling is offered for single family residences through EDCO Waste & Recycling Services. All recyclable materials should be put in the blue recycling cart and placed at the curb on regular trash collection day. Recyclable items include newspaper, cardboard, mixed paper (copy paper, "junk" mail, magazines, telephone books, cereal boxes), aluminum cans, steel tin cans, rigid plastics, glass containers, plastics marked with "1" and "2" and all beverage containers labeled CA Redemption Value or CA Cash Refund.

Recycling Brochure     Recycling Video 

Yard Waste Recycling

Convenient curbside yard waste recycling is offered to single family residences through the city’s contract with EDCO Recycling and Waste Removal. Yard waste materials like grass clippings, weeds, tree branches no longer than four feet in length, leaves and hedge trimmings may be recycled by putting the material into a rigid yard waste can and placing the can at the curb on the regular trash collection day.

Where Can I Take It?

Not all items can go into the trash because they may contain hazardous substances that pollute our environment.  Listed here is where you can safely dispose of those items at no cost. 

Mandatory Commercial and Multi-Family Recycling

  • Mandatory Organics Recycling
    Starting on April 1, 2016, businesses are required by state law to begin recycling their organic waste.  The phased in implementation schedule varies depending on the amount of waste businesses generate per week.  This page provides information about the law.