Your Three Carts

While you are sorting your compost and recycling, we are finding new ways to reuse your materials.  Whether you are a Morgan Hill business owner, property manager, or resident, we work with you to tailor recycling, composting, and landfill programs based on your needs.

In Morgan Hill, recycling is biweekly and compost service is weekly.

Wondering What Bin it goes in?



Food scraps, soiled paper, and yard trimmings such as leaves, grass clippings, and branches go in your 96-gallon green compost cart.



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



What is trash? Not much! Cat litter, ceramics, and broken glass to name a few. Residential customers receive a 48 gallon garbage cart with unlimited garbage service.

Please contact us for rate information.




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.

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.


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.