Award-Winning Recycling & Garbage Service
San José businesses receive garbage service from the most comprehensive commercial solid waste system in the nation. This award-winning collection and processing system achieves one of the highest recycling rates in the country and enables all businesses to meet the state’s mandatory commercial recycling requirements.
Republic Services has an agreement with San José to collect most standard garbage, recycling, and organics from all businesses located in the city.
For waste services not included in Republic’s agreement, businesses can choose a City-approved non-exclusive hauler.
Revolutionary Waste System
Republic’s innovative Wet/Dry system has more than doubled the business recycling rate — from less than 25% to over 70% — since it was implemented in 2012.
The Wet/Dry system views all waste as a resource. Businesses located within the city receive “wet” collection service for organic material, such as food waste and food-contaminated paper products; and “dry” collection, which includes recyclables and everything else. Republic sorts all material collected, nothing goes directly to landfill. Republic processes all material collected at San José businesses, wet and dry, locally at the largest and most advanced materials recovery facility in the world — the Newby Island Resource Recovery Park (NIRRP).
Food Waste to Energy
Once processed at the NIRRP, Republic sends the “wet” (organic) material to an anaerobic digestion facility.
Benefits to Businesses