The City’s Zero Waste Event Program offers resources to large outdoor special events in San José to help them meet and exceed state and local recycling requirements. These resources vary and may be free depending on the event size, the event location, and available funds. Qualifying events that follow the City requirements receive free services (complete the entire Application). Non-qualifying events and events that do not follow the requirements need to pay for services or seek donated service (complete sections 1 and 3 of this Application). To find out if your event qualifies, read through the following:
Events on private property (such as a church or business park) must order dumpster service from Republic Services, which is not requested through this Application.
Events on a public street, publicly owned plaza, paseo, or park with less than 500 daily attendees that are open to the public have the following dumpster options: (1) Pay for dumpsters through the City’s contractor, Green Team of San Jose. You will be billed by the City of San José after the event. If choosing this option, complete section 1 and 3 of this Application 45 calendar days prior to the event. (2) Seek donated dumpster service from one of the San José residential haulers (Garden City Sanitation, California Waste Solutions, Green Team of San Jose, or GreenWaste Recovery) or from the City’s commercial hauler, Republic Services. If choosing this option, there is no need to complete this Application.
Events held in San José on a public street, publicly owned plaza, paseo, or park that are open to the public, and expect more than 500 attendees are eligible to receive FREE City-contracted dumpsters, FREE rental of recycling equipment, and FREE recycling services from the San Jose Conservation Corps. To receive any of these FREE in-kind services, events must implement the following requirements:
Vendors, caterers and samplers are required to use the food & beverage products listed on this document.
Order dumpsters via this Application (or receive donated dumpster service from an approved hauler – see Section 3).
Use City loaned Eco-stations. These are specially designed receptacles for recycling, compost & trash collection (see Section 2).
Announce the three messages listed in the stage announcements at an event stage during each day of your event.
Complete and submit this Application at least 45 calendar days prior to the event. For assistance completing the Application, contact the Zero Waste Event Program at (408) 975-2532 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For assistance completing the Application, contact the Zero Waste Event Program by email or by phone at (408) 975-2532.
Please provide the Event Organizer’s contact information.
E.g., Event Production Company, Charity, etc.
E.g., Park or Street
To receive any of these FREE in-kind services and equipment, events must utilize the FREE equipment listed below.
A City-provided Eco-station is a color-coded collection system that replaces the use of single trash cans. Eco-stations collect trash, recyclables, and compostable materials separately. They are pre-labeled, showing the materials accepted in the City's program. Each Eco-station comes with one recycle receptacle, one compost receptacle, one trash receptacle, one flag, one cone, and replacement bags.
Events cannot dispose of waste in the City's public litter cans (PLC), and therefore must cover the PLCs. Reusable locking PLC covers replace disposable PLC covers (e.g., plastic trash bags). Each PLC cover comes with a lock and a chain.
Select how many Eco-stations your event will need.
Select how many covers your event will need.
The City of San José has a contract with the San Jose Conservation Corps (SJCC) to provide FREE recycling and composting services for a limited number of events. This also includes collecting and disposing of bottles, cans, incidental cardboard, and other recyclables. Free in-kind service options:
This service includes drop-off and pick-up of Eco-stations and PLC covers at the event site.
This service includes transportation, set-up, and break-down of Eco-stations and PLC covers.
This service includes equipment transportation, set-up, break-down, and staffing the Eco-stations during the event for optimum landfill diversion.
This service includes equipment transportation, set-up, break-down, station staffing, and pre-event consultation with event staff and vendors to provide Zero Waste management services (planning, logistics, and training/education).
Select the in-kind service option you are requesting.
Select when SJCC should arrive onsite at the event to begin service.
Select when SJCC should leave the event after service is completed.
Events held in San José on a public street, publicly owned plaza, paseo, or park that are open to the public and expect more than 500 attendees have the following dumpster options:
Implement the requirements of this Application and receive free dumpster service through the City's contractor, Green Team of San Jose.
Do not implement the requirements and pay for dumpsters through the City's contractor, Green Team of San Jose. You will be billed by the City of San José after the event.
from one of the San José residential haulers (Garden City Sanitation (GC), California Waste Solutions (CWS), Green Team of San Jose (GT), or GreenWaste Recovery (GW)) or from the City's commercial hauler, Republic Services (Rep). If choosing donated service, the event is required to submit weight tags within 10 days of the event.
Events held in San José on a public street, publicly owned plaza, paseo, or park that are open to the public and expect less than 500 attendees have options 2 and 3 above. Events on private property must use the City's commercial hauler, Republic Services (Rep). Note: if the event generates less than 2 cubic yards of cardboard, SJCC can collect it. If there is more than 2 cubic yards of waste cardboard, a separate dumpster is required.
All events need to complete the fields below with your dumpster plan.
Select the ideal date/time when the dumpster(s) are delivered pre-event.
Select the ideal date/time when the dumpster(s) are picked up post-event.
A site map that includes placement of dumpsters, Eco-stations, reusable PLC covers, and SJCC vehicle parking must be submitted with this application.
A member of the City’s Zero Waste Events Team will respond to the Event Organizer identified on this Application to finalize services and receive signature confirmation. Upon finalization, the terms and conditions are binding on the event organizer and the event organizer shall fulfill the requirements specified herein to comply with San José Municipal Code (Section 9.10.1445), and/or as consideration for the in-kind services from the City. By signing the final Application, the designee agrees to be responsible for the equipment and agrees to implement the requirements. The equipment requested above is the property of the City of San José. Equipment is loaned to the event listed for the purpose of diverting waste from the landfill and increasing recycling. I certify that the information set forth in this Application is true and correct to the best of my knowledge. I declare under penalty of perjury that I am authorized to submit this application on behalf of the event organizer. Per the San José Municipal Code (Section 9.10.1445), large events with more than 1,000 daily attendees on a publicly owned street, plaza, paseo, or park are required to submit a waste reduction and recycling plan for waste reduction, reuse, recycling, and composting of material generated at the event. This plan must be submitted to the City of San José’s Environmental Services Department prior to the event. A complete submission of this Application with all the information requested satisfies the Code requirement.
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