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Garbage truckGarbage & Recycling Collection
All of San José's garbage and recyclables are collected by automated trucks which lift heavy carts and bins with mechanical arms or lifters. When the trucks are full, drivers take garbage to a landfill, recyclables to a materials recovery facility for sorting, and yard trimmings to a composting facility.

Hours of Operation
Collection for all material occurs between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday-Friday, once per week.

Holiday Collection
Collection occurs on all holidays except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day. If these holidays occur Monday through Friday, collection will be one day later throughout the rest of that week.

Missed Pickup
Collection times are 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on your collection day. If your garbage, recycling or yard trimmings aren’t picked up by 6:00 p.m., contact your hauler directly. Look up your garbage or recycling collection company with the Collection Day Lookup.

If you put your garbage and recycling out after collection has occurred, you will have to wait until the following week for pick up on your next collection day. Learn how to handle extra garbage and recyclables.

ApartmentsApartments & Condos
Never put garbage in the recycling container. All household garbage goes in the garbage dumpster. This way recyclables are not contaminated by garbage.

Always flatten cardboard boxes before placing them in the recycling cart or bin. This helps make room for more recyclables.

Collection for all material occurs weekly between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Frequency of collection varies by complex. Contact your property manager for details.

Download Recycling Made Easy: Apartments & Condos for tips on organizing inside, how to help keep enclosures neat and tidy and more.