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Why doesn’t San José offer food scraps collection for residents?
All the garbage collected in San José is sent to a mixed waste materials recovery facility to recover organic materials for composting. That means food waste and organic materials that are put in the garbage are composted without being separated by residents, and none of this material goes straight to the landfill. Compost made from recovered organic material in residential garbage is used for landscape and median projects.

Even though food waste is composted in San José, it’s still important to avoid wasting food in the first place. Get food waste reduction tips and tricks.

Environment - Recycling & Garbage - Residents

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1. What items are allowed in the recycling cart?
2. How can I get rid of large items, such as appliances and furniture?
3. What are my garbage collection and street sweeping days?
4. Why doesn’t San José offer food scraps collection for residents?
5. How much does garbage and recycling collection cost?
6. Are garbage and recycling collected on holidays?
7. Who collects my garbage, recycling, and yard trimmings?
8. How do I recycle used motor oil and filters?
9. How do I request larger or smaller sized carts?
10. How do I get my carts repaired or replaced?
11. What if my garbage, recycling, or yard trimmings collection are missed?
12. Where can I buy extra garbage stickers?
13. Where can I take plastic grocery bags for recycling?
14. What do I do with items that don’t go in the recycling or garbage carts?
15. Are yard trimmings composted in San José?
16. Where can I learn about home composting?