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Removing and Preventing Illegal Dumping (RAPID)

Established in July 2016, the Removing and Preventing Illegal Dumping (RAPID) Team:

  • Picks up illegally dumped items reported by the public
  • Monitors illegal dumping hotspots citywide
  • Removes 25 tons of dumped materials per week on average from city streets and public areas
  • Partners with the Housing Department to address homeless encampments

In addition to the RAPID team, Republic Services sweeps various routes for illegally dumped items on a weekly basis.

Prevention

Free Junk Pickup

San José residents can schedule free appointments to have large items (such as mattresses, sofas, refrigerators, tires, and more) picked up by their recycling collection company. Learn more and schedule a pickup appointment.

Enforcement

The City of San José takes illegal dumping seriously. Violators can be fined by the City:

First violation

$2,500

Second violation

$5,000

Three (or more) violations

$10,00

Report Illegal Dumping

If you see dumping in public spaces, like sidewalks or streets Call: (408) 535-3500
Online: My San Jose
Phone App: My San Jose

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If you see dumping in progress Call: (408) 277-8900