Gilroy Residential Recycling, Compost & Garbage Collection
Resource recovery is more important than ever before. To preserve our natural resources, we work to close the loop on organic and recyclable materials by diverting them from going to landfills. Whether you are looking for recycling and compost services or garbage collection, Recology South Valley provides a range of options to you.
Recology South Valley is proud to be your recycling and garbage service provider in the City of Gilroy. We provide a convenient, single stream recycling collection program which eliminates the need to sort recyclables.
In order to keep our communities safe and clean, we all must pitch in to help Reduce, Reuse and Recycle as much as possible.
Acceptable Recycling Materials
Only place recyclable materials into your recycling container!
Please rinse food and beverage containers
|Aseptic containers Aseptic containers are sterile cardboard containers used to preserve food.
Glass All glass food, beverage jars and bottles. Remove metal lids and place separately in bin.
Metal All metal food and beverage containers including those made of aluminum, tin, steel and bi-metal.
|Plastic Plastic containers marked #1 - #7 (excluding styrofoam)
Paper Most clean and dry household paper.
Cut up cardboard boxes and put them loose inside your blue cart. Please do not force boxes into the cart. Larger boxes that do not fit into your cart must be flattened and tied into bundles no larger than three feet by three feet in dimension. Place bundles of cardboard next to your recycling cart on your pick-up day. Drivers will not pick up loose piles of cardboard.
Put AAA - D, 9V, alkaline, rechargeable, and button cell batteries in a zippered plastic bag on top of your blue cart.
Do not put car batteries out to be collected.
See the Household Hazardous Waste page for information on where to dispose of old car batteries. The San Martin Transfer Station accepts car batteries at no charge.
Used Motor Oil & Oil Filters
To recycle motor oil and used oil filters, you must request one-gallon plastic containers with a screw top lid and special oil filter bags by contacting customer service.
You may place up to three one-gallon containers of used motor oil and three fully drained filters (in bags) next to your recycling cart on collection day.
Unacceptable Recycling Materials
Electronic / Universal Waste
Your green compost cart is emptied every week. Please do not overfill the green cart, the lid must close completely. All garbage and recycling containers need to be placed at the curb or roadside the night before your service day or by 6:00 A.M. on your service day. Remember that collection times may vary.
Acceptable Green Waste, Food Waste & Organic Material
|Acceptable Organic Material
Important Green Waste Notes!
Do not put yard waste in plastic bags.
Unacceptable Organic Materials
Electronic / Universal Waste
|Household Hazardous Waste
All garbage and recycling containers need to be placed at the curb or roadside the night before your service day or by 6:00 A.M. on your service day. Remember that collection times may vary.
Acceptable Garbage Materials
Unacceptable Garbage Material
Electronic / Universal Waste
|Liquids, Hot Ashes or Coals
Household Hazardous Waste
Special Collection Programs
Bulky Item Collection
If you have a large, bulky item such as a mattress, refrigerator, or old sofa to dispose of, please contact us for a price estimate and to schedule a bulky item collection.
Annual Spring Clean Up
In April, you can dispose of extra garbage at no additional charge. You may place a maximum of seven additional thirty two-gallon trash bags or seven thirty-two gallon cans of garbage for curbside collection. The Spring Clean Up schedule is provided on your April garbage bill.
In addition, for three months after the Spring Clean Up event, you may drop off two bulky items at the San Martin Transfer Station at no charge. This includes furniture, appliances (there is a charge for Freon removal), scrap metal and mattresses. You must provide us with an original copy of your bill, which will be collected. Please contact us for more information.
Additional Clean Up Opportunity
Your January bill brings another clean up opportunity. From January to April you are able to recycle large items such as two yards of unpainted or untreated wood, metal appliances (there is a charge for Freon removal) or scrap metal. You must provide us with an original copy of your bill, which will be collected. Please contact us for more information.
Recology South Valley provides bi-weekly street sweeping service in the City of Gilroy.
- Street sweeping occurs the day after your collection day. The streets are swept for Friday customers on the following Monday.
- Please move your car from the street the night before street sweeping.
- The street sweeper does not pick up large piles of leaves, dirt or mud. Please use the compost container for leaves and yard trimmings.
- Private parking lots are not swept.
For additional information about this service, please contact us.
- Garbage services are billed quarterly. Payment in full is due by the end of the billing period.
- If you choose to mail a monthly payment, please include your account number on your check.
- The past due date for your statement will be shown on the bottom of the statement.
- Save time and resources! We have an online electronic payment service available.
- City ordinance states that garbage collection service is mandatory for every property in the City of Gilroy.
Your recycling, yard waste (organics) and garbage is collected weekly. All containers need to be placed on the street, wheels against the curb, by 6:00 A.M. of your service day. Collection times may vary.
Your containers are emptied by an automated truck. This means a mechanical arm retrieves, empties, and sets the cart down in the street without the driver leaving the truck.
This efficient collection system works best when all of the containers are at least 18 inches apart as shown in the picture above.
The following PDF documents can be printed for easy reference. You will need the free Acrobat Reader to view these files.
Donations of Reusable Items
In addition to waste reduction and recycling, reuse is a great way to help the environment. If you have old items that can be reused, don't throw them away.
Visit the Santa Clara County Recycling Hotline website for information on where to recycle different items.
All donated items must work and be in good condition. Donated food should not be past it's expiration date.