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San José Wins Award for Innovative Tactics to Combat Illegal Dumping
Keep America Beautiful, a national nonprofit organization, recognized these efforts by awarding the City of San José with its 2016 National Community Improvement award for Litter Prevention. Established in 1953, Keep America Beautiful provides the expertise, programs, and resources to help people end littering, improve recycling, and beautify America's communities.

ICMA Certificate of Excellence

For exceeding the standards established by the International City/County Management Association in the identification and public reporting of key outcome measures, surveying of both residents and employees, and the pervasiveness of performance management in the organization's culture.

Environmental Services Department Receives State Award for Outreach to Non-English Speakers
The Award for Best Outreach Focused on Non-English Speakers was bestowed on the Environmental Services Department (ESD) by California’s Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) on Thursday, November 3. ESD garnered the award for its regional campaign on proper disposal of used motor oil, filters, and hazardous waste (HHW). The campaign features San Jose Earthquakes soccer players and reflects the City’s partnership with the Earthquakes that began in 2014. During the 2015 soccer season, ESD, CalRecycle, the Earthquakes, and regional environmental partners worked together to raise awareness on proper disposal of used motor oil, filters, and other HHW specifically among young Hispanic males. The campaign has garnered impressive results from 2014 to 2015: Visits to the used motor oil website increased by 873 percent, the amount of used oil filters collected increased by 77 percent, and the amount of HHW collected increased by 10 percent.