Commercial Recycling & Garbage

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Welcome to Commercial Recycling & Garbage Services

The City of Milpitas Public Works Department and Milpitas Sanitation are dedicated to helping your business maintain disposal reduction goals and provide quality solid waste services.

Please call Milpitas Sanitation Customer Services at 408-988-4500 Monday through Friday, 8 am to 6 pm, to establish or improve your recycling and garbage collection services. Milpitas Sanitation will assist you with recycling bin or cart delivery and related issues such as overloaded bins and organics recycling. The City of Milpitas requires a minimum garbage collection schedule of once a week. If you have questions about service frequencies or the Solid Waste Management Ordinance, please call 408-586-2600.

Please visit the Milpitas Sanitation website for information about new collection bins for Recyclables, Yard Trimmings, Garbage, and Food Scraps.

Milpitas Ordinance Number 293 (PDF) prohibiting the use of foam food ware goes into effect on July 1, 2018. It requires all restaurants and other food establishments to use alternatives for foam food ware for both dine-in and takeout. Restaurant owners and managers may choose the best alternative for their business needs. View a reference guide (PDF) and factsheet (PDF) of non-foam food container product information and material listing, provided courtesy of the City of San Jose

Ordinance Number 293 aims to reduce litter by banning food service ware made from expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam, commonly referred to as Styrofoam. EPS foam is uniquely problematic when littered because it does not degrade. It breaks easily into tiny pieces, making it difficult to clean up. Those small pieces are often mistaken as food by fish and wildlife and are harmful to their health.


California Assembly Bill 341 - effective since January 1, 2012 - requires all businesses that generate at least 4 cubic yards or more of garbage per week to participate in a recycling program.

Call Milpitas Sanitation Customer Service at 408-988-4500 to learn more about commercial recycling and garbage services.

Is My Business Required to Recycle

Yes, if your trash bin is 4 cubic yards or bigger, or if you have a smaller bin that is serviced 2 to 3 times per week, you need to start recycling services.

Recycling Right

With the right training, recycling can be easy! Since all recyclables can be placed in just one container, there's no need to spend precious time separating them. Just follow these guidelines to make your program a success.

Overloaded Bins

Depending on the amount of trash and recyclables your business generates, you may find that your onsite containers aren't large enough to accommodate your disposal needs. If your containers are overloaded (i.e., you can't close the container lids), then it's time to contact Milpitas Sanitation at 408-988-4500 to schedule a free waste consultation.