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Front of Neighborhood Clean Up Postcard
Front of NCU postcard: Time and date of the cleanup and a list of acceptable items.

Back of Neighborhood Clean Up Postcard
Back of NCU postcard: Directions and map of collection bin locations
Neighborhood Cleanup 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)
  • A/Cs and Freezers: Air Conditioners, Freezers, Refrigerators, Water Coolers
  • Carpet and Sofa: Carpet, Carpet Padding, Recliners, Sofas
  • CRTs and TVs: Cell Phones, Computers, Laptops, Monitors, TVs, Projection TVs
  • Mattress: Box Springs, Futons, Mattresses
  • Metal: Dishwashers, Lawn Mowers (empty any gas or oil), Metal Furniture (remove non-metal parts), Stoves, Washers & Dryers, Water Heaters, Small Metal Appliances
  • Plastics: (For items WITHOUT a recycle symbol): Computer Accessories, Computer Printers, Milk Crates, Plastic Pipes, Plastic Toys, Plastic Lawn Furniture (no vinyl), Small Plastic Appliances
  • Packaging Styrofoam™ (not “peanut” pellets)
  • Rocks and Bricks (Free of dirt or powders): Bricks, Cinder Block, Concrete, Rocks
  • Rubbish: Chicken Wire, Concrete Powder, Countertops, Furniture, Glass & Pottery, Granite & Marble, Particleboard & Plywood, Toilets, TV Stands, Railroad Ties, Rebar, Wood chemically or pressure treated or with varnish, paint or nails
  • Tires: All sizes, okay if rims included
  • Wood: Lumber, painted or varnished wood, fencing, tree logs (no palm), branches without leaves


Non-Acceptable Items
  • Pharmaceuticals in liquid or paste form, needles, inhalers
  • Dirt
  • Household garbage, recyclables, yard waste
  • 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 www.HHW.org.