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Yard Trimmings
Yard trimmings are collected weekly from single-family homes and participating condos and apartments. San José offers two ways to collect yard trimmings:
  • Place your yard trimmings loose in the street (no extra charge).
  • Place in your optional yard trimmings cart for collection.

Yard trimmings carts are available for an additional monthly fee. Call GreenWaste Recovery at (408) 283-4800 to order a yard trimmings cart and start your yard trimmings subscription.

Yard Trimmings Setout Instructions
Set out yard trimmings in front of your residence no later than 6 a.m. on your collection day, and no earlier than the day before. Municipal code prohibits setouts earlier than 24 hours because they can block parking, obscure vision around piles, and create safety hazards for cyclists and motorists.

Apartments & Condos
Collection of yard trimmings varies by complex; contact your property manager for details. Remember to avoid parking on top of yard trimmings piles in the street. And please keep yard trimmings out of the recycling carts and bins. This helps to prevent contamination of recyclables, especially paper.

Loose in the Street
Yard trimmings set outLoose in the street piles should be 5 feet by 5 feet, 1 foot from the curb, and at least 5 feet from any other piles, carts, or parked cars. Keep your yard trimming cart 5 feet away from anything that may block the collection truck, including yard trimming piles, and parked cars. Avoid putting your carts and yard trimming piles in bike lanes or next to red curbs.

Sweep up and remove yard trimmings that remain behind after collection; don't re-pile them. Instead, save them for next week's collection. Or better yet, put those bits of yard trimmings to better use by scattering them under bushes or adding them to your compost bin. Street sweepers drive around piles to avoid hidden debris that could damage their specialized equipment.

Look up your yard trimmings collection day. If you have any questions about your service, contact GreenWaste Recovery at (408) 283-4800.

Curbside 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)
Curbside Yard Trimmings Collection Does Not Include
  • Ashes 
  • Concrete
  • Dirt
  • Fruit or Vegetables 
  • Lumber
  • Pumpkins
  • Pet waste
  • Rocks