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Recology South Valley

With a commitment to quality service, customer satisfaction and preservation of the environment, Recology South Valley provides comprehensive solid waste management and curbside recycling services to the businesses and residents of the City of Gilroy, the City of Morgan Hill and the surrounding Unincorporated Southern Santa Clara County.

Recology South Valley has the exclusive franchise to collect and dispose of residential and commercial waste in the City. They also provide Special Collection and Debris Box services. Residential and commercial service is mandatory.

Residents receive garbage service according to the level of service they order. Customers have 32, 64, or 96-gallon grey toters. Recology South Valley provides single stream curbside recycling to all residents at no additional cost. Residents have one 64-gallon blue toter for all recyclable materials. Green waste is collected in 96-gallon green toters.

For more information, visit the Recology South Valley website at or

Phil Couchee, General Manager
Recology South Valley
1351 Pacheco Pass Hwy
Gilroy, CA 95020
(408) 842-3358, Customer Service
(408) 842-5664, Fax

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Save on disposal costs by recycling or donating everything that you can. Then recycle - many items such as appliances and other metal items, clothing, furniture, etc. are recyclable; Even carpet pads are recyclable at some facilities! Be sure to separate your recyclables from the trash.

Load your vehicle and cover the load securely to prevent spillage or litter from your vehicle.

Whenever you haul, be sure to COVER YOUR LOAD! This will reduce litter on Santa Clara County streets and highways. Did you know that failure to cover your load can lead to a $1,000 fine for littering (see requirements in CA Vehicle Code Section 23114)!

Recology South Valley operates the San Martin Transfer Station that accepts and transfers waste and recyclables from unincorporated residents in South County. The San Martin Transfer Station is located at 14070 Llagas Avenue in San Martin. The Transfer Station is open Monday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., on Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and is closed on New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

There is no charge to drop-off the following recyclables (please have them separated):

  • Mixed paper
  • Aluminum and tin cans
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Plastic containers marked #1 through #7 on the bottom
  • Aseptics (milk cartons and juice boxes)
  • Cardboard
  • Newspaper
  • Motor Oil and Oil Filters (3 gallon limit)
The following materials are not acceptable in the recycling containers at the Transfer Station:
  • NO trash or garbage
  • NO plastic bags (take plastic grocery bags to your local grocery store for recycling)
For more information regarding the San Martin Transfer Station call 408-842-3358.

Your recyclables are sent from San Martin to a material recovery facility (MRF), the Recyclery, which is operated by BFI Waste Systems and is located in San Jose. The Recyclery removes contaminants from the recyclables (such as dirty paper from the newspaper) and bales the recyclables for transportation to the market. Your efforts really help!

Special curbside collection services are provided by Recology South Valley:

Christmas Trees - are collected at no charge. Trees must be cut into 3' by 3' sections and placed at the curb for collection. Look for collection dates and information on your newsletter and your October garbage bill.

Bulky items - such as furniture and appliances, can be collected at an on-call basis at the curbside. Recology South Valley charges a fee, per item collected, for this service. Items with refrigerants incur an additional fee.

Extra Pick-up - You will receive one free pick-up tag per quarter in your garbage bill. Additional extra pick-up tags are available, call 408-842-3358 for pricing information.

Overages - Yard Waste overages can be picked up if bundled. No more than 7 bundles or cans (32 gallon size only) allowed per week.

Motor Oil - Oil and oil filter collection is part of residential garbage service. Oil jugs and oil filter bags are provided by Recology South Valley, please do not use your own jugs or bags. Call 408-842-3358 for more information.

Debris Box Service - is provided through the collection franchise by Recology South Valley on an on-call basis. Please call for details.

Other Services - Call Recology South Valley for details and dates:
Spring Clean-up
Community Cleanup Projects
Drop-off Recycling

If you do not pay your garbage bill: a continued delinquent account will be sent to collections (and be put on your credit report) and your unpaid balance, plus administrative fees, will be placed as a lien on your property. Please pay your bill on time and notify Recology South Valley when you move or need your account closed.

For additional information about these services or for rates, please contact Recology South Valley at (408) 842-3358.

Recology South Valley provides bi-weekly street sweeping service in the City of Gilroy and the City of Morgan Hill. Here are some important facts about this service:

  • Street sweeping occurs day after yard waste pickup.
  • Please remove cars from street by 6:00 a.m.
  • Street sweeper cannot pickup large piles of leaves, rock, or dirt.
For additional information about this service, please contact Recology South Valley at (408) 842-3358 or