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Illegal Dumping & Litter
Volunteers pick up litter in the Los Gatos Creek. Report and Prevent Illegal Dumping
Illegal dumping occurs when people dump large amounts of garbage such as  furniture, appliances, and hazardous waste instead of using the City’s garbage  and recycling services. Placing these items on the curb without scheduling a junk pickup appointment is also illegal dumping.

Learn how to:


Keep Litter Out of Creeks
Litter is small amounts of trash that pollute our streets and creeks.

If you see litter, please pick it up and put it in a trash can before it is swept into a storm drain and washed into the nearest creek.

To report a vandalized or damaged trash can (public litter can), please complete the Public Litter Can Service Request form.


Volunteer!
You can help clean up trash in our creeks by volunteering with:

To help pick up litter on streets, trails, and in our parks, you can volunteer with City of San José's Adopt-A-Park/Adopt-A-Trail or Anti-Litter programs.


Share Your Litter Cleanup Accomplishments

Show San José that you care by posting your community accomplishments to the SJEnvironment Facebook page. Share photos using the hashtag #KeepSJClean and tag us @SJEnvironment on Twitter and Instagram. Together we can make a difference!