Unincorporated Santa Clara County Recycling Program

Unincorporated Santa Clara County Recycling Program Recycling is more important today than it has ever been before. In order to keep our communities safe and clean, we all must pitch in to help recycle and reuse as much as possible. A convenient curbside recycling collection program is provided to all residential customers in Unincorporated Santa Clara County for no additional charge.

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Acceptable Recycling Materials
Only place recyclable materials into your blue 64-gallon container!
Please empty and rinse all food and beverage containers.
Batteries Standard household batteries
  • (D, C, AA, AAA, 9-Volt, button cells, etc. - Place in a clear, sealed plastic bag and set on top of the recycling cart.)
Glass All glass food, beverage jars and bottles. Remove lids and place separately in bin.
  • Fruit juice
  • Mayonnaise jars
  • Spaghetti sauce jars
Metal All metal food and beverage containers.
  • Aluminum cans
  • Tin/steel food and beverage cans
Plastic All rigid containers marked #1 - #7
  • Milk and juice jugs
  • Shampoo, detergent, and other household bottles
  • Soft drink and water bottles
  • Yogurt, margarine, and other food containers
Paper Put mixed paper in the toter labeled: Mixed / Office Paper.
  • Adhesive notes
  • Brown paper grocery bags
  • Cardboard (Break down boxes and bundle larger pieces securely using twine and place next to container)
  • Envelopes (Including plastic window types)
  • Food boxes (cereal, crackers, frozen food - Remove plastic liners)
  • Junk mail
  • Magazines & catalogs
  • Newspaper
  • Paper (colored, computer, white)
  • Paper bags
  • Paper egg cartons, paper towel rolls
  • Phone books
  • Wrapping Paper
Motor Oil & Filters

Used Motor Oil
Used motor oil may be set out in one-gallon plastic containers with tight fitting, screw top lids only. You may place up to two one-gallon containers next to your recycling cart for pickup and empty recycled one-gallon containers will be left in their place.

Used Oil Filters
Place fully drained filters in a sealed, leak-proof, plastic bag and place next to your recycle cart. Contact us to request one-gallon plastic containers and oil filter bags.

Unacceptable Recycling Materials
Please do not place the following non-recyclable materials into your blue container!
Construction Debris
  • Concrete, rocks, dirt
Electronic / Universal Waste
  • Televisions, computers, cell phones, batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, mercury switches
Yard Waste
  • Grass clippings, leaves, tree and brush prunings, weeds
Household Hazardous Waste
  • Paints, solvents, cooking oil, motor oil, cleaners, corrosives, fuel tanks - propane tanks, syringes
Unacceptable Glass, Metal, Paper and Plastic

Paper or Plastic?

Paper of Plastic?Paper or plastic is a question everyone hears at grocery stores. Trips to the mall, hardware store, grocery store, and other retailers add to the number of bags that Americans use every day. Each of those bags (paper or plastic) has an environmental impact. A simple thing that everyone can do to reduce their footprint on our environment is to bring a reusable bag to the store when you shop. Reusable bags are a great and easy way to lower the amount of energy and resources used to make single-use bags. Many retail stores have inexpensive reusable bags available for sale near the check-out counter. Some even offer a discount each time you bring your own bag to the store. A few tips to remember: A few tips to remember:

  • - Return your reusable bags to your vehicle after each trip to the store.
  • - Look for reusable bags made from recycled content. Help close the loop.
  • - Only buying a few items? Just carry them out without any type of bag.
  • - Look for small reusable bags that fit easily into a purse or pocket.
  • - Too many reusable bags? Give some to a friend or family member and spread the message.

Service Information

  • Please set out materials by 5:30am on your scheduled collection day. A special charge may be incurred if collection trucks need to return.
  • Extra garbage must be bagged, boxed or bundled and prior arrangements for pickup must be made with Recology Silicon Valley. Extra Bag Tags are available for purchase through Recology Silicon Valley Customer Service. Extra Bag Tags have no expiration date and can be used any time for collection on your regularly scheduled garbage pick up day.
  • Please report missed pick-ups to our office by the following business day.
  • Recology Silicon Valley is not responsible for any articles left on or near collection carts.
  • Recycling, green waste and garbage containers are collected by a semi-automated sanitation truck. The automated truck requires ample room to collect containers safely and effectively.
Please contact us for more information on container placement, or any other service.

Proper Container Placement And Storage

Recycling, green waste and garbage containers are collected by a semi-automated sanitation truck. The automated truck requires ample room to collect containers safely and effectively.