Gilroy

Compost, Recycle, Landfill Curbside Collection

Recology South Valley provides materials collection services to residents and businesses in Gilroy – services and rates are based on the size of your landfill cart (contact us for rates). In Gilroy, recycling collection is bi-weekly and compost service is weekly.

GrayBin

COMPOST
Food scraps, soiled paper, and yard trimmings, such as leaves, grass clippings, and branches go in your 96-gallon green compost cart. To keep containers clean, we recommend using paper bags or compostable bags to capture material indoors, and then transfer them to your cart.


brownBin

RECYCLE
Paper, bottles, cans, aluminum, glass, and most plastics go in your 64-gallon blue recycling cart. These items are then sorted by material-type and reused. To learn more what is recyclable, please download our guides.


LandfillBin

LANDFILL
Thin plastics (bags and saran wrap), cat litter, ceramics, broken glass, and other non-recyclables can be tossed in your gray garbage cart. Residential customers receive a 48 gallon garbage cart with unlimited garbage service. Extra Trash?  Please place loose items in bags or boxes next to your cart on your regular service day.  Additional charges may apply.


Cart Placement

Recycling is collected with a fully automated truck that uses a mechanical arm to retrieve the cart and place it back on your curb. Using the fully automated system makes the placement of the carts more important than ever – the mechanical arm needs to be able to grab a cart without touching the other carts.

  • Place your carts against the curb with about 18 inches between carts and other obstacles, such as vehicles, no later than 6:30 AM on your scheduled collection day.
  • Place wheels against the curb and close cart lids.
  • For easy reference, print the Curbside Placement Reference Guide.

Carts must be placed at the curb or roadside by 7:00 AM on your regular collection day unless you have signed up for side yard service.  Loose garbage should be bagged and secured – especially sawdust, ash, kitty litter, and Styrofoam peanuts.  Place carts within 4 feet of the curb or roadside, and 4 feet from obstacles, such as cars, trees, basketball hoops and mailboxes.

Americans with Disabilities Act
Disabled residents (pursuant to Americans with Disabilities Act) who are unable to place their containers at the curb have the option of placing their containers beside their home, visible from curbside. Please let us know.

Cart Sizes

Garbage

  • 32-gallon
  • 64-gallon
  • 96-gallon       

Recycling

  • 64-gallon

Compost

  • 96-gallon

Where Does it Go?

After garbage is dropped off at the San Martin Transfer Station, it is transported to a landfill.  Recyclables such as paper, cardboard, cans, bottles, and metal are sent to a Material Recovery Facility (MRF).  This facility sorts, bales, and then sells the material so it can be recycled and made into new products.  Clean yard waste is transported to South Valley Organics, a compost facility located at the Pacheco Pass Landfill in Gilroy.  This facility processes yard waste into compost.