Click to Home
Go To Search
Urban Forest
San Jose Home
City Programs to Combat Illegal Dumping
Illegal dumping in San Jose, before cleanup
San Jose Illegal Dumping Rapid Response Team at work clearing dumped material
After cleanup
Before, during, and after an illegal dumping cleanup in January 2017

Illegal Dumping Rapid Response Team

Established in July 2016, the Illegal Dumping Rapid Response Team:
  • Picks up illegally dumped items reported by the public
  • Cleans up illegally dumped items found en-route
  • Monitors over 160 areas known for illegal dumping citywide
  • Coordinates removal of hazardous waste
  • Partners with other City departments, including:
    • Department of Transportation to remove illegal dumping in public right-of-ways
    • Housing Department to address homeless encampments

This team removes an average of 15 tons of dumped materials per week from city streets and public areas.

Illegal dumping cleanup routes
Two of San José’s waste collection companies, Republic Services and GreenTeam of San Jose, sweep various routes for illegally dumped items on a weekly basis. Together they remove an average of 10 tons of dumped materials per week.


Free junk pickup service
Residents in single-family homes can schedule appointments to have large items (such as mattresses, sofas, refrigerators, tires, and more) picked up curbside by their recycling collection company. Each pickup includes up to three large items. Visit for a list of eligible items, recycling company contact information, and frequently asked questions.

Apartment and condominium residents with communal garbage dumpster service can contact their property managers or GreenTeam of San Jose directly at (408) 282-4400 to arrange for free junk pickup.

Neighborhood initiatives
The Planning, Building, and Code Enforcement Department coordinates Neighborhood Cleanup events yearly. To find the date of your next cleanup visit In addition, from July 2016 to June 2017 Council Districts can use special funding to host neighborhood-led beautification days focused on cleanup.

In May 2016, the Environmental Services Department held a Swap or Drop event at San Jose State University that allowed students to get rid of and donate unwanted items.

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.

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.