Many common household products are classified as “household hazardous waste” by the state, and may not be disposed of in your garbage can. These products include paint, solvents, pesticides, aerosols, fluorescent lights, mercury thermometers, automotive fluids, and batteries. You can dispose of these wastes safely, and at no charge to you, through the Santa Clara County Household Hazardous Waste Program. You must make an appointment to drop off your items; to make an appointment, call the Household Hazardous Waste appointment line, at (408) 299-7300. For more information, visit the Household Hazardous Waste Program website at
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Plastic bags can be recycled through your curbside recycling program. Bundle bags inside a plastic bag and knot the top. Additionally, many grocery stores collect them for recycling.
For information about recycling a wide variety of items, call the Santa Clara County Recycling Hotline at (408) 924-5453 or (800) 522-8414. Visit the website,
Currently, curbside motor oil recycling is not available for residents of apartments. To recycle your oil, call the Santa Clara County Household Hazardous Waste program at (408)299-7300, or visit their website for a list of certified oil drop-off locations. Please do not pour auto fluids on the ground, into a storm drain, or in a trash can.
Set out your tree at the curb on your usual collection day - do not put the tree in your yard waste cart.
If your tree is over 6 feet tall, it must be cut in half. All decorations, tinsel, stands, and nails must be removed. Flocked trees are acceptable. For more information, contact West Valley Collection and Recycling at (408) 283-9250 or visit West Valley Collection and Recycling
Call the Santa Clara County Home Composting Hotline at (408) 918-4640, for advice on home composting, a home composting workshop schedule, information on the Master Composter training program, and details on how to purchase a home composting bin at a reduced rate.
For a list of citywide garage sales, visit
The Santa Clara County Green Business Program is available to help businesses implement environmental practices that reduce pollution and waste generation, and at the same time save money. For more information about this voluntary program, call (408) 441-4329 or visit the program's website
West Valley Collection and Recycling has an exclusive franchise for the collection of refuse, residential yard waste, and recyclables within Los Gatos and the West Valley cities. This exclusive franchise includes dumpster services. Dumpsters may only be rented from West Valley Collection and Recycling, except where collection and hauling is part of a total service offered by a contractor and is removed by the employees of the contractor. To rent a dumpster/drop box, contact West Valley Collection and Recycling at (408) 283-9250.
Guadalupe Landfill(408) 268-166615999 Guadalupe Mines Road (in the Almaden area of San Jose)Hours: M-F, 8 a.m.- 4:45 p.m.
Other local landfills include:
Zanker Road Landfill(408) 263-2385705 Los Esteros Road (in the outskirts of Alviso)Hours: M-F, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Newby Island Landfill(408) 432-1234Near Highway 880 and Dixon Landing Road (near the border of San Jose and Milpitas)Hours: M-Sat. 8 a.m.-4p.m.