Instead of sending 494,000 tons of garbage to our landfills annually, we are working to divert 100 percent of the waste we generate. Currently, San José has one of the highest recycling rates in the nation. We recycle over 73 percent of our garbage and trash citywide.
First, we start by reducing the quantity of waste we create. We will increase the amount we recycle, and we’ll reuse more products. In addition, San José will become a world leader in adopting cutting-edge technologies that transform waste into usable energy. Through partnerships with innovative companies, San José will convert solid waste and biosolids into biodiesel, methanol, biogas, and electricity that will power municipal facilities.
Trash Diverted From Landfills