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Recycling
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Garbage
San Jose Garbage CartGarbage bin
 
Yard trimmings cart or pile
Yard trimmings pileSan Jose Yard Trimmings Cart
 
Items that don't go in recycling or garbage




Recycling

Plastics
When recycling plastic, empty and scrape all containers. All plastic items labeled 1 through 7 inside the chasing arrows.*
  • Compact disc cases
  • Detergent bottles
  • Flower pots
  • Hard plastic toys
  • Juice and milk jugs
  • Large reusable water bottles
  • Medicine bottles
  • Shampoo bottles
  • Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipe
  • Soda, water, mouthwash, and mustard containers
  • Spray bottles
  • Squeezable bottles (e.g. honey)
  • Yogurt and margarine tubs
plastic shampoo bottleplastic water bottle
*Return clean plastic bags to grocery store for recycling. 

Put Polystyrene foam (Styrofoam™) in the garbage cart.


Paper & Cardboard
Flatten boxes and secure loose material (e.g. shredded paper) in clear plastic bags. Cut large boxes small enough to fit loosely inside the recycling cart or bin.
  • Cardboard
  • Catalogs
  • Cereal and cracker boxes (remove liners)
  • Egg cartons
  • Envelopes (plastic windows OK)
  • Gift wrap (no metallic or foil)
  • Magazines
  • Mail
  • Newspaper
  • Newspaper inserts and advertisements (glossy OK)
  • Office paper (e.g. construction paper, printer paper)
  • Paper bags
  • Shoe boxes
  • Shopping bags (remove handles)
  • Telephone books
mixed paper and cardboard


Cans
Empty and scrape all containers.
  • Tin, aluminum, and steel cans and lids
  • Food and beverage cans (e.g., soda, tuna, soup, pet food)
  • Empty aerosol cans
aluminum can


Cartons
Empty, scrape, and flatten all containers.
  • Beverage cartons and boxes (e.g. juice, milk, cream)


Glass
Empty and scrape all containers.
  • Glass bottles and jars (all colors)
glass bottle


Scrap Metals
Metals should be clean and dry.
  • Clean aluminum foil and trays
  • Small metal appliances (e.g. toaster, waffle iron, blender)
  • Keys
  • Metal lids and caps from glass bottles
  • Metal pots and pans
  • Empty paint cans (let paint dry out, then remove and place in garbage cart)
clean aluminum tray


Textiles
Tie clean textiles inside a clear plastic bag.
  • Clean cotton, linen, polyester, rayon, and wool fabrics
  • Blankets and sheets
  • Clothes
clear bag of textiles



Garbage Cart

Food
  • Vegetables*
  • Fruits*
  • Pumpkins*
  • Cooking oil, grease and fats 
fruit
*These items can also be composted. Discounted compost bins are available for purchase.


Soiled papers & containers
  • Carbon paper
  • Padded or Tyvek® envelopes
  • Paper soiled with anything such as motor oil, paint, or food/grease
  • Paper take-out containers
  • Photographs and photo paper
  • Pizza boxes
  • Thermal fax paper
takeout containers and wrappersgreasy pizza box


Polystyrene Foam
  • Cups
  • Plates
  • Egg cartons
  • Packing "peanuts" (tie securely in plastic bag)
  • Take-out containers


Household items
  • Bubble wrap
  • Carpet and rugs (cut into small pieces)
  • Ceramics
  • Compact discs
  • Cookware
  • Credit cards
  • Disposable diapers
  • Down-filled items
  • Drinking glasses
  • Electric blankets
  • Foil pouches
  • Hangers (wood, metal, plastic)
  • Hardware (bolts, nails, nuts, screws)
  • Hoses
  • Incandescent light bulbs
  • Leather
  • Mirrors
  • Nylon
  • Pillows
  • Pools
  • Rubber
  • Shoes
  • Soiled plastic bags
  • Straws
  • Stuffed animals
  • Tarps
  • Toys
  • Utensils
  • Vinyl
  • Windows
  • Wood
disposable diaperceramicsshoesstudded animalhosewood


Yard Trimmings Cart or Pile
Yard trimmings collection includes:
  • Branches (5 feet or shorter in length and 6 inches or less in diameter)
  • Flowers
  • Grass clippings (or grasscycle them instead)
  • Leaves
  • Palm fronds
  • Small prunings
  • Sod (remove as much soil as possible)
  • Holiday trees


Items that don't go in recycling or garbage
syringecompact florescent bulb (CFL)
household hazardous waste