Recycle Right This Holiday Season


San José Recycles Clean

If your usual garbage, recycling, and yard trimmings collection falls on or after Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, or New Year’s Day, your collection day will be one day later during that week. Go to to find your holiday collection day. Please set out carts and bins by 6 a.m. on collection day.

Empty and Scrape Food-soiled Containers before Recycling

This holiday season, recycle clean by emptying and scraping food-soiled containers before placing them in the recycling. Food and liquid-soiled containers go in the garbage. If they’re placed in the recycling, clean recyclables can be contaminated, making the entire bin or cart unrecyclable. For more recycling and waste reduction tips, and a complete guide of what goes where, visit

Too much holiday trash? Sticker it!

Buy Extra Garbage Stickers at San José City Hall, Lucky, and Safeway stores.

Request Services with San José 311

Visit, dial 3-1-1 or call (408) 535-3500 to check your collection day or collection company, report missed collections and damaged carts, request an oil jug or filter bag, schedule a free Junk Pickup appointment, report illegal dumping, make inquiries about your account, or receive additional information about City services.

Recycle Your Holiday Tree

Curbside collection of holiday trees will be on your regular collection day from December 26, 2023 through January 26, 2024. Remove stands, tinsel and decorations. Cut into 5-foot pieces. On your collection day, set out by 6:00 a.m.   Multi-Family Dwelling Property Managers should contact GreenWaste at (408) 283-4800 to arrange for tree collection.

What goes where?  Click to learn how to properly dispose of real trees and artificial trees.

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