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City Initiatives to Reduce Illegal Dumping
Removing and Preventing Illegal Dumping (RAPID)
Illegal dumping in San Jose, before cleanup
San Jose Illegal Dumping Rapid Response Team at work clearing dumped material
After cleanup
Before, during, and after an illegal dumping cleanup

Established in July 2016, the Removing and Preventing Illegal Dumping (RAPID) Team:
  • Picks up illegally dumped items reported by the public
  • Monitors illegal dumping hotspots citywide
  • Removes 25 tons of dumped materials per week on average from city streets and public areas
  • Partners with the Housing Department to address homeless encampments

In addition to the RAPID team, Republic Services sweeps various routes for illegally dumped items on a weekly basis. 

RAPID does not pick up illegally dumped items on private property.


Free Junk Pickup
San José residents can schedule free appointments to have large items (such as mattresses, sofas, refrigerators, tires, and more) picked up by their recycling collection company. Learn more and schedule a pickup appointment.

The City of San José takes illegal dumping seriously. Violators can be fined by the City:

First violation $2,500
Second violation $5,000
Three (or more) violations $10,000

Help us catch dumpers

Have photo, video, or license plate evidence of dumpers? Please email it to .

Report Illegal Dumping
If you see dumping in public spaces, like sidewalks or streets Call: (408) 535-3500
Online: My San Jose
Phone App: My San Jose

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If you see dumping 
in progress
Call San José Police:
(408) 277-8900