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Neighborhood Cleanup

Neighborhood Clean-Up events (NCUs) provide San José residents with a way to dispose of unwanted items. NCUs are held rain or shine in different neighborhoods throughout the year and occur every three years per neighborhood. The majority of collected materials are either recycled or reused. The City’s Code Enforcement Division mails households a postcard which residents must bring to the NCU for entry.  Please note that long lines are to be expected and staff may guide residents to another site if necessary.

Residents can only attend the NCU in their designated neighborhood. Residents can look for their postcard in the mail or use the online Residential Services Lookup tool to see when their next neighborhood NCU is scheduled. Below is a list of acceptable and non-acceptable items:

Acceptable Items

  • Prescription and non-prescription medications (pill form only and placed in a clear bag)
  • Carpet and carpet padding
  • Mattresses, box springs, futon mattresses
  • Packaging Styrofoam™ (no peanuts)
  • Particle board, laminate counter top, plywood, glass, toilets, pottery
  • Furniture, appliances, air conditioning units, electronics, water heaters, lawn mowers (no gas or oil)
  • Tires (with or without rims)
  • Lumber, painted or varnished wood, fencing, tree logs (no palm), branches without leaves
  • Clean concrete, brick, cinder block, rock
  • Plastic toys, lawn furniture (no vinyl), small plastic appliances, pipes, milk crates, any plastic item without “recycle” logo

Non-Acceptable Items

  • Pharmaceuticals in liquid or paste form, needles, inhalers
  • Household garbage, recyclables, yard waste
  • Chemically or pressure treated wood, tree branches with leaves, railroad ties
  • Rebar/metal, chicken wire, granite, marble, powdered concrete, dirt
  • Hazardous waste (such as paint, fluorescent lights, compressed gas cylinders, or tanks such as propane and helium). 
    • To schedule a free drop-off appointment for household hazardous waste call (408) 299-7300 or visit