Single-Family Residents

Mobile Service Box Truck

GreenTeam is the exclusive residential garbage and recycling services provider for Unincorporated County of Santa Clara Residents in the following communities:

  • Campbell
  • Cupertino
  • Los Altos
  • Los Gatos
  • Monte Sereno
  • Mountain View
  • Palo Alto
  • Portola Valley
  • Santa Clara
  • Saratoga
  • Sunnyvale

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Single Family Residents Curbside Set Out

Single-family residents of Unincorporated County of Santa Clara communities please follow the garbage and recycling guidlines set out below:

  • Keep all carts 5 feet away from anything that may block the collection truck, including parked cars, trees and basketball hoops.
  • Place carts side-by-side in the street, 2 feet apart and with wheels against the curb or the edge of the road. Do not overfill carts. Lids must be completely closed.
A graphic illustrating the garbage and recycling set out guidelines

Single Family Residents Recyclables

What can be recycled and what can't be? Follow the guidelines below.

All items must fit loosely inside the containers.

Yard Trimmings

Place yard trimmings in your yard trimmings cart.

  • Grass clippings, weeds, flowers and leaves.
  • Branches (not exceeding 2' in length and 6" in diameter)
  • Untreated wood (not exceeding 2' in length and 6" in diameter)

Food Waste

Secure food waste in a tied plastic bag and place tied bag inside your yard trimmings cart.

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Bread and pasta
  • Meat, bones and eggs
  • Dairy
  • Coffee grounds
  • Nuts and beans

Food-Soiled Paper

  • Napkins and paper towels
  • Coffee filters and tea bags
  • Pizza boxes
  • Take out paper bags

Recycling

Place recycling in your recycling cart.

Paper

  • Books
  • Cardboard and paper boxes- unwaxed (flattened)
  • Catalogs and magazines
  • Computer paper
  • Egg Cartons
  • Gift wrap (not metallic/ foil)
  • Juice boxes and cartons
  • Mail
  • Milk cartons
  • Newspaper
  • Paper bags
  • Shredded paper (in clear plastic bags)

Plastic

  • Bottles, cups, jars and tubs
  • Buckets
  • Flower pots
  • Furniture Plastic 1-7
  • Swimming pools
  • Film Plastic Bundle in a clear plastic bag and knot the top
  • Plastic bags (grocery, dry cleaning & shopping)
  • Plastic wrap (bubble wrap, food bags & shrink wrap)

Glass

  • Bottles and jars

Metal

  • Aerosol cans
  • Aluminum foil and pans
  • Car parts
  • Food and soda cans
  • Furniture
  • Plumbing fixtures
  • Pots and pans
  • Scrap metal
  • Small Appliances

Garbage

Place garbage in your garbage cart.

Green Waste

  • Ashes (cold and bagged)
  • Bamboo
  • Cactus
  • Palm fronds
  • Pampas grass
  • Poison Oak
  • Sawdust (bagged)
  • Treated wood
  • Wood Chips
  • Yard trimmings* (items may not exceed 2’ in length and 6” in diameter)
  • Yucca

Textiles

  • Burlap
  • Carpet and rugs
  • Diapers
  • Downfilled items
  • Fabric (cotton, polyester & wool)
  • Leather
  • Pillows
  • Rubber
  • Shoes
  • Vinyl

Other

  • CDs and DVDs
  • Ceramics
  • Glass cookware
  • Food
  • Food soiled paper
  • Incandescent light bulbs
  • Mirrors
  • Packing peanuts (bagged)
  • Pet waste
  • Styrofoam
  • Tarps
  • Toothpaste and ointment tubes
  • Video tapes

Household Hazardous Waste

Household Hazardous Waste cannot go into the garbage, recycling, or yard trimmings carts. You can schedule a free disposal appointment for hazardous materials such as auto brake and transmission fluid, car batteries, cleaning fluids, electronic waste, fluorescent light bulbs, mercury thermometers, pain, pesticides and fertilizers, pool chemicals, syringes and sharps.

Call the Santa Clara County Household Hazardous Waste Program at 408-299-7300 or visit hhw.org.


Garbage Rates

Monthly rates for residential garbage service are shown below. Curbside collection rates include weekly garbage, recycling and yard trimmings collection. Garbage service is mandatory for Unincorporated County of Santa Clara residents and must be paid for by the owner, even if the property is vacant or unoccupied. Your invoice reflects a 2-month billing period.

Regular Monthly Service Rates
Basic Curbside Collection
Monthly
  Rate
20-gallon cart provided by Grantee
$20.87
32-gallon cart provided by Grantee
$35.12
64-gallon cart provided by Grantee
$73.25
Each additional 32-gallon unit
One-time extra bag with regular weekly set out
$37.29
$12.37
Low-Income Curbside Collection
 
20-gallon container
$12.52
32-gallon cart provided by Grantee
$21.07
64-gallon cart (available only to familes of 5 or more persons)
$43.95
Special Monthly Residential Service Rates
Hard to Serve Areas
Monthly
  Rate
20-gallon container $29.19
32-gallon cart provided by Grantee (80 pound limit)
$49.14
64-gallon cart provided by Grantee (150 pound limit)

Each additional 32-gallon unit
One-time extra bag with regular weekly set out
102.51

$52.21
$15.82
Special Pickups (Arranged by customer call-in)
 
Basic trip charge $26.78
Charge per container
$37.50
Bulky item pickup for 2 items
$96.80

Low-Income Rates

To qualify for low-income rate, subscriber must be head of the household and not claimed as a dependent.

Numbers of persons in householdGross Annual Income
1 to 2 $31,860
3 $40,180
4 $48,500
5 $56,820
6 $63,140
7 $73,460
8 $81,780
Each additional person $8,320

Carts

GreenTeam provides a variety of garbage, recycling and yard trimmings carts so you can choose the right size for your household's unique waste removal needs.

Available Cart Sizes

Garbage Cart Size

 LengthWidthHeight
64 gallon 26" 27" 41"
32 gallon 20" 23" 39"
20 gallon 18" 20" 32"

Recycling Cart Size

 LengthWidthHeight
96 gallon 29" 34" 46"
64 gallon 26" 27" 41"

Yard Trimmings Cart Size

 LengthWidthHeight
96 gallon 29" 34" 46"

Other Services for Single-Family Residents only

County of Santa Clara
408-282-4400

To recycle small batteries, simply place the batteries in a clear sealed plastic bag and place the bag on top (not inside) of your recycle cart.

Furniture, refrigerators or other large items may be picked up at your curb for a fee. To schedule a pick-up appointment, please call Customer Service at 408-283-8500.

For your convenience, GreenTeam offers an on-call cleanup!

Up to two times per calendar year, residents of single-family homes may schedule a free on-call cleanup. This is your chance to have us remove from your curb:

  • Items weighing up to 70 pounds (except bulky items as described below)
  • Household garbage and loose items placed in 32 gallon plastic bags or sturdy cardboard boxes (2 feet x 2 feet x 2 feet)
  • An area of up to 6 feet x 6 feet of normal household debris as described above (Items must be manageable by one person).

GreenTeam will not collect dirt, rock, concrete, appliances with Freon, paint, e-waste or other hazardous materials.

To schedule your free On-Call Cleanup, please contact customer service at (408) 283-8500.

Extra garbage may be picked up at your curb for a fee. You must place extra garbage in 32-gallon bag. To schedule a pick-up, please call Customer Service at 408-283-8500.

Household Hazardous Waste Info

To recycle used motor oil and motor oil filters curbside, you must use a FREE GreenTeam issued oil jug and oil filter bag as they are designed to prevent leaks. Please place filled oil jugs and filter bags on the curb near your containers for collection. To request a FREE oil jug or filter bag, call Customer Service at 408-283-8500.

Remember: oil mixed with antifreeze, transmission fluid, or any other automotive fluid will NOT be collected. For safe disposal of other automotive fluids, contact the County of Santa Clara Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Program at (408) 299-7300 or visit www.hhw.org to schedule a free appointment.

Resources for more information about your recycling, green waste, garbage pickup and other services.

GreenTeam
1333 Oakland Road
San Jose, CA 95112
408-283-8500

BIN SIZEDIMENSIONSTONS ALLOWEDMATERIALS ACCEPTED
8 Cubic Yard 14' x 8' x 2.5' 8 Tons Concrete and Dirt
20 Cubic Yard 19' x 8' x 4' 3 Tons General Debris
30 Cubic Yard 21' x 7' x 7.5' 4 Tons General Debris
40 Cubic Yard 23' x 8.5' x 8' 5 Tons General Debris

GreenTeam provides roll-off and debris boxes in Unincorporated County of Santa Clara communities. To dispose of concrete, dirt and general debris, please contact Roxanne via email or call her at 408-234-7695 to schedule a delivery of debris box. Boxes range from 8 to 40 cubic yards.

Re-using an item is far better than recycling. To check out donation alternatives before you recycle search the links below.

Find a recycling center near you that will exchange bottles and cans for cash.

Composting is nature's way of recycling. It is a satisfying way to turn fruit, vegetable and yard trimmings into a dark, crumbly, sweet smelling soil conditioner. Composting is easy, it's smart, and it’s recycling.

Composting:

  • Saves you money by lowering garbage bills and replacing store-bought soil conditioners.
  • Helps garden and house plants by improving the fertility and health of your soil.
  • Saves water by helping the soil hold moisture and reducing water runoff.
  • Benefits the environment by recycling valuable organic resources and extending the life of our landfills.

Find out more about composting



For Questions or Comments, please contact us at:

408-283-8500