San José’s Collection Schedules, Cleanups and Providers provides a convenient way to find your garbage, recycling, and yard trimmings collection day, street sweeping schedule, neighborhood cleanup event, and service provider contact information. Simply enter your street number and zip code into the online form. For residents who are unable to access their schedule online, call the Customer Contact Center at (408) 535-3500.
Yard trimmings are collected weekly from single-family homes, participating condos, and apartments. San José currently offers two ways to collect yard trimmings:
- Place your yard trimmings loose in the street (no extra charge).
- Place in your optional yard trimmings cart for collection.
Yard Trimmings Set Out Instructions
Set out yard trimmings in front of your residence no later than 6 a.m. on your collection day, and no earlier than the day before. Municipal code prohibits setouts earlier than 24 hours because they can block parking, obscure vision around piles, and create safety hazards for cyclists and motorists.
Apartments & Condos
Collection of yard trimmings varies by complex; contact your property manager for details. Remember to avoid parking on top of yard trimmings piles in the street and please keep yard trimmings out of the recycling carts and bins. This helps to prevent contamination of recyclables, especially paper.
Loose in the Street
Loose in the street piles should be 5 feet by 5 feet, 1 foot from the curb, and at least 5 feet from any other piles, carts, or parked cars. Keep your yard trimming cart 5 feet away from anything that may block the collection truck, including yard trimming piles, and parked cars. Avoid putting your carts and yard trimming piles in bike lanes or next to red curbs.
Sweep up and remove yard trimmings that remain behind after collection; don’t re-pile them. Instead, save them for next week’s collection. Or better yet, put those bits of yard trimmings to better use by scattering them under bushes or adding them to your compost bin. Street sweepers drive around piles to avoid hidden debris that could damage their specialized equipment.