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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 immediately ensures that more people do not add to the polluted area.

Schedule a free pickup to get rid of large items
Placing unwanted large items on the curb is illegal dumping.

Residents in single-family homes can have large items (such as mattresses, sofas, refrigerators, tires, and more) collected curbside by their recycling collection company. The first collection of up to three large items is free. Additional large item collections are available for $27 (up to three items).

Learn more about large item collection and scheduling your free pickup.

Apartment and condominium residents can contact their property managers directly to arrange for large item collections, also at no additional cost.

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.