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Report and Prevent Illegal Dumping
Illegal Dumping in the streetIllegal dumping is a serious issue that can affect your safety, your community, and the environment
When people illegally dump in neighborhood streets, parks, and creeks it results in visual blight and pollutes the environment.

Report illegal dumping
Report illegal dumping in San José by calling the Customer Contact Center at (408) 535-3500. If you witness dumping in progress, call the San José Police Department non-emergency line at (408) 277-8900.

Dumping trash and debris attracts more dumping. Reporting dumping ensures that people do not add to the polluted area.

Schedule a free pickup to get rid of large items
Residents in single-family homes can have large items (such as mattresses, sofas, refrigerators, tires, and more) collected curbside by their recycling collection company. Beginning July 1, 2016, the first two large item collections are free each year. Each collection includes up to three large items. Additional large item collections are available for $27.23 (up to three items).

Dumping large items is illegal. Learn more about large item collection.

Apartment and condominium residents with communal garbage dumpster service can contact their property managers or GreenTeam of San Jose directly to arrange for free large item collections.

Prevent illegal dumping

Follow these tips:
  • Pick up litter and remove graffiti
  • Improve visibility by adding lights or trimming brush and trees

Looking for free cleanup supplies and assistance in addressing litter and dumping in your community?
The San José Anti-Graffiti and Litter Program at (408) 975-7233 can help organize neighborhood cleanups, provide supplies to individual volunteers, and make presentations to community groups.