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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.

At single family homes, hauling companies may collect garbage and recyclables in separate trucks or in a single split-body truck that has a divider to keep garbage and recyclables separate. Regardless of the collection method, garbage and recycling materials are never mixed in the trucks, or at the facilities they are taken to. Please continue to keep materials separate in your garbage and recycling carts.

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.

Look Up Your Collection Day Online

San José’s Collection Day Lookup provides a convenient way to find your garbage, recycling, and yard trimmings collection day, street sweeping schedule, neighborhood cleanup event, and service provider contact information. Simply enter your street number and zip code into the online form. For residents who are unable to access their schedule online, call the Customer Contact Center at (408) 535-3500.

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.