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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.


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.


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

First violation


Second violation


Three (or more) violations


Report Illegal Dumping

San José Environmental Services RAPID team has temporarily suspended the collection of Illegal Dumping. San José Department of Transportation will continue to collect priority one items (illegal dumping blocking roadways, etc). 

If you see dumping in public spaces, like sidewalks or streets Call: (408) 535-3500
Online: San José 311
Phone App: San José 311

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