Single Family Residential – Garbage

Effective January 1, 2022, a new California law (SB 1383) requires that compostable materials, be kept out of landfills including food scraps, food-soiled paper products, paper towels, and plant debris to prevent the production of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. In Alameda County, the law is implemented under the Organics Reduction and Recycling Ordinance.
Residents are required to subscribe to curbside composting and recycling collection service and sort materials into the correct containers.


Pleasanton Residential Garbage Cart

Pleasanton Residential Garbage Cart

Pleasanton residents have the ability to choose the appropriate size container for their garbage needs. Sizes available are 35 or 95 gallon carts. Service is provided on a weekly basis, Monday through Friday, except for Holidays (see Holiday information).

Please do not place dirt, rock or toxic materials in your cart. If you have extra trash you need picked up, please call us at least 24 hours in advance so we may notify the driver.

To ensure your pickup, please place your cart at the curb the night before your scheduled pickup. Please place carts with at least three feet between each cart using these five easy to follow rules.



Accepted Materials for Residential Garbage

  • Plastic bags, plastic wrap, and other flimsy plastics
  • Cartons
  • Polystyrene
  • Pet waste and diapers
  • Plastic straws and cutlery
  • Broken glassware and ceramics
  • Plastic-lined paper products and aseptic packs
Pleasanton Garbage Service (PGS) list of accepted materials for residential garbage service

* Accepted materials for residential garbage service


It is mandatory that all residents subscribe with Pleasanton Garbage Service for solid waste collection service as per Pleasanton Municipal Code - Requirement for Garbage Service


9.20.020 General provisions.
Each and every “residential unit,” “commercial unit” and “industrial unit,” as defined in Section 9.20.010 of this chapter, shall have solid waste, recyclables and organic waste service by the collector with a collection contract entered into pursuant to Section 9.20.100 of this chapter. To provide such service, the city may grant a franchise for the exclusive right to collect, transport, dispose of and recycle, as applicable, solid waste, recyclable materials and organic waste produced and accumulated within the limits of the city as provided in this chapter. (Ord. 2226 § 3, 2021; Prior code § 4-4.05)


It is illegal to dispose of hazardous materials in garbage or recycling containers (see below for prohibited items). Improperly disposing of hazardous and toxic waste can result in serious harm to the health of people, pets, wildlife, and our environment. Containers found to have these materials will not be collected until such materials are removed.

Alameda County offers free drop off locations for hazardous and/or universal waste. For more information, please visit the Household Hazardous Waste for Residents website, or call 1-800-606-6606.

You can also check the City of Pleasanton Household Hazardous Waste Programs for local disposal options.

It is illegal to dispose of hazardous materials in garbage or recycling containers

Additional Resources

PGS has partnered with many local agencies to make it easy for Pleasanton residential customers to properly dispose of waste, with an emphasis on recycling to help keep Pleasanton green!