The line-up of the refuse bins occurs every Wednesday in my neighborhood. Happily, Oakland recycles so we have large gray bins for recycled matter (paper, cardboard, plastic, glass, cans, bottles), a large green bin for organic matter, and smaller burgundy bins for non-recyclable trash. As there are six units in my building (one gray and burgundy bin per unit, one green bin for the building) the line can be rather long.
Then comes Thursday morning. Some people use a different service. They come at 5 a.m. and ensure everyone on the street is wide awake. For the rest of us, pickup is later. This is really nice when you don't remember to put your bins out the night before. Burgundy and gray pick up happens around 11 a.m. and green pickup around 3 p.m.
Unfortunately, the empty bins are not as neatly aligned. Getting them all off the sidewalk by 6 p.m. Thursday night, is always our goal so we're not blocking the sidewalks. At least until next week.