Seasonal Leaf Collection

Republic Services and Waste Management, the City's two residential waste collection service providers, start "Leaf Season" collection on October 1 and end December 31.


Extra Leaf Pick-up Service

During Leaf Season only, your service provider will collect up to 5 additional 30-gallon bags of leaves every week at no additional charge. Just place bagged leaves next to your organics cart on your regular service day. These leaves are then sent to local compost facilities.

  • "Extra Service" stickers are not required for bagged leaves during Leaf Season.
  • Please do not overfill bags. Bags over 50 pounds will not be removed.
  • After December 31, only bags with "Extra Service" stickers will be picked up.


Remember, leaf bags must contain only leaves. If a bag contains leaves mixed with grass trimmings, branches, brush or other non-leaf content, the bag will require an "Extra Service" sticker.


Tips for Managing Leaf Season

All yard waste must be in containers. Use this helpful list of leaf tips to manage leaves during Leaf Season.


Illegal Leaf Piles

Residents are not allowed to rake, blow or pile leaves in the street for collection. This is a violation of the Stockton Municipal Code; you could be subject to a fine. The only leaves that should be in the street are those that fall naturally. Only these leaves will be collected by street sweepers every other week.

Complaints about Leaf Piles in Street

  1. The Waste and Recycling Field Specialist or Code Enforcement Officer verify the loose pile of green waste or leaves in the public right-of-way street or gutter.
  2. Officer issues a 24-hour Violation Warning Notice with the "Intent to Abate" box checked.  This provides notice leaf piles must be removed from the public right-of-way.
  3. The next day, the officer re-inspects the area. If the pile is still there, the Officer issues a 24-hour Administrative Citation, which carries inspection and case processing fees as noted in the City's Fee Schedule.
  4. The following day, the officer can either issue another Administrative Citation, with an additional inspection fee and fine or have the pile(s) removed by a City contractor. The contractor and administrative fees will be charged to the owner/tenants who are in violation.


Contact Us

Please contact your waste collection service provider with any questions about seasonal leaf collection.



External Links

Stockton Recycles 


Stockton Municipal Code 8.04.210 - Managing green waste



This City of Stockton web page last reviewed on --- 2/7/2023