Residential Garbage & Recycling



Weekly Curbside Collection

  • Set carts out before 7:00 am on your pick-up day with the lids closed, and return them to the rear or side yard by the evening of your collection day.
  • List of materials accepted through your weekly curbside recycling
  • To increase or decrease the size of your containers, call Municipal Utilities Customer Service at (408) 615-2300.

Garbage or Clean Green Questions? Call Mission Trail Waste Systems at (408) 727-5365

Recycling Questions? Call Recology South Bay at (408) 970-5100 

Free Rubbish Disposal Days 

January 25 and September 20, 2015.Call (408) 727-5365 to make an appointment. Provide a current collection bill and personal identification to verify eligibility.

Accepted materials:

  • Garbage
  • Appliances
  • Furniture
  • Metal
  • Construction and demolition materials
  • Wood and green waste
  • Computer monitors and CPUs
  • Cardboard (flattened)

Environmental Days

March 7 and October 17, 2015 at Recology, 650 Martin Ave, Santa Clara. Residents must provide a current collection bill and personal identification to verify eligibility. No appointment required. Questions? Contact Recology South Bay at (408) 970-5100

Accepted Materials:

  • Documents for confidential shredding
  • E-waste (computers, monitors, printers, etc.)
  • Universal waste (batteries, cell phones, CFL's and fluorescent tubes)
  • Plastic play structures/toys
  • Clothing

Household Hazardous Waste

For disposal of most HHW, make an appointment with the Santa Clara County Household Hazardous Waste Program. Call 408-299-7300 or visiting Seniors may contact Heart of the Valley at 408-241-1571 to request pick-up of HHW and pharmaceutical waste.

  • Motor oil and oil filter curbside collection: Place motor oil in a plastic container labeled "waste oil". Tape the lid down with masking or duct tape. Place used oil filters in a leak-proof plastic bag. Place items by your recycling cart on your regular collection day. You may set out up to three 1-gallon containers of used motor oil per week. 
  • Dry cell battery curbside collection: Tape the positive terminals and place in a zip-lock bag on top of your garbage cart. Residents with front-load bin service may drop off batteries at any Santa Clara Fire Station seven days a week from 8:00am to 5:00pm.
  • Fluorescent bulb curbside collection: Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL's) can be placed in a zip-lock bag next to your recycling cart on your regular collection day. Fluorescent tubes can be dropped off at any of these locations.
  • Explosives and Ammunition: Call the Police Department at (408) 615-4700.
  • E-waste: Find a local e-waste recycler at
  • Paint: Find a drop off location at

Holiday Garbage Collection

Garbage, Recycling and Clean Green collection schedule will happen a day late after the following holidays, including Saturday service when the regular collection day is Friday:

  • Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, 11/26/15)
  • Christmas Day (Friday, 12/25/15)
  • New Year's Day (Friday, 1/1/16)

Extra Holiday Waste: Santa Clara residents may set out two 32-gallon garbage bags per week on their regular collection day from December 26 through January 7 at no extra charge. Please  recycle all non-metallic gift wrap, tissue paper, cards, boxes and tags.

  • Holiday Tree collection: Trees will be collected the week of January 4, 2015 - January 8, 2016. Please follow the set-out instructions:
    • Strip the tree and set out on your regular collection day
    • The City does not collect trees on private streets. Residents of multi-family dwellings may set out their trees on the nearest public street. Call 408-615-3080 to find out what day we will be servicing your area
    • If you miss your pick-up day, you can bring in your tree (no larger than 9 feet) to the Corp Yard located at 1700 Walsh Avenue during the week of January 5-9
    • After January 9, cut up your tree and place the pieces in the Clean Green cart. Flocked trees (trees with artificial snow) should be placed in the garbage cart.

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