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City of Sacramento leaf pickup crew Arnold Sanui fills "the claw" with leaves December 20 , 2011, and dumps in a truck on Regina Way in Land Park.

Sacramento claw switching from leaf season pickup to junk yard program

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 - 12:10 pm

As the street pickup of yard waste ends in the City of Sacramento, the expanded junk pickup program begins.

The last day that Christmas trees, leaves and other yard waste can be placed in the street to be scooped up by the motorized “claw” is Jan. 31. City residents can find out the estimated date for the next street collection at or by calling 311.

Then, beginning Feb. 1, and running through October, the Household Junk Pickup program begins. The same equipment and city employees that scooped up the yard waste turn their attention to picking up junk.

The city provides two free pickups of bulky items by appointment for residents between February and October. Prior to this year, the city offered just one pickup.

Solid waste managers with the city hope the extra bulk pickup will dissuade homeowners from using unscrupulous hauling services that often end up dumping garbage illegally.

“We hope that the additional appointment will be helpful to customers as well as useful in discouraging illegal dumping,” said Steve Harriman, manager of the city’s recycling and solid waste division, in a press release.

City residents can get a pickup by calling 311 or making an online request at

City crews will collect up to five cubic yards of material, which is about the amount that would fit inside the bed of a pickup. The city asks that residents not put junk curbside more than 24 hours prior to a scheduled pickup.

The junk pickup program will take away yard waste, one appliance, televisions, e-waste, furniture, mattresses, carpet, toys, four tires not mounted on rims and other bulk waste.

Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.

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