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Zero Waste Event Application
The City’s Zero Waste Event Program offers resources to large outdoor special events in San José to help them meet and exceed state and local recycling requirements. These resources vary and may be free depending on the event size, the event location, and available funds. Qualifying events that follow the City requirements receive free services (complete the entire Application). Non-qualifying events and events that do not follow the requirements need to pay for services. To find out if your event qualifies, read through the following:

Ineligible for Free Services
Private events:
Events on private property must order dumpster service from Republic Services, which is not requested through this Application. For information visit the City’s commercial hauler website.

Public events smaller than 500 attendees:
Events on a public street, publicly owned plaza, paseo, or park with less than 500 daily attendees that are open to the public pay for dumpsters through the City’s contractor. You will be billed by the City after the event. If choosing this option, complete section 1 and 3 of this Application 45 calendar days prior to the event. Block parties held in San José should use the residential carts or collection system from the neighborhood holding the block party instead of a dumpster.

Eligible for Free Services

Events held in San José on a public street, publicly owned plaza, paseo, or park that are open to the public, and expect more than 500 attendees are eligible to receive FREE City-contracted dumpsters, FREE rental of recycling equipment, and FREE recycling services from the San Jose Conservation Corps. To receive any of these FREE in-kind services, events must implement the following requirements:
  1. Vendors, caterers and samplers are required to use the food & beverage products listed on the document - Food & Beverage Products: The Do’s & Don’ts of Sustainable Selection.
  2. Order dumpsters via this Application.
  3. Use City loaned Eco-stations. These are specially designed receptacles for recycling, compost & trash collection (see Section 2).
  4. Announce the messages in the stage announcements (available in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese) at an event stage during each day of your event.  

Complete and submit this Application at least 45 calendar days prior to the event. More notice is advised. For assistance completing the Application, contact the Zero Waste Event Program at (408) 975-2532 or email at .