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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
Free items left on the curb are considered illegally dumped!
Did you know? Placing items curbside with a sign that says "FREE" is considered illegal dumping.
Reporting dumping ensures that people do not add to the polluted area. 

Dumping large items is illegal
Individuals who are caught illegally dumping can be fined up to $2,500 for the first violation, $5,000 for a second violation, and up to $10,000 for three or more violations. Learn how to schedule a free junk pickup.

If you live in an apartment or condominium
Residents with communal garbage dumpster service can contact their property managers or GreenTeam of San Jose directly to arrange for free junk pickup.

Prevent illegal dumping
  • Install motion activated lighting or cameras near areas repeatedly dumped on.
  • Report street light outages.
  • Cleanup litter in your community and activate/beautify areas that are regularly dumped on such as adding basketball nets or landscaping.