Welcome to Commercial Recycling & Garbage Services

The City of Milpitas Utility Engineering Section & Republic Services is dedicated to helping your business maintain disposal reduction goals and monitor quality solid waste services.

Please call Republic Commercial Customer Service at (408) 432-1234 anytime on Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., to establish your business’ recycling and garbage collection services. Republic Services 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 any further questions, please contact the City of Milpitas at (408) 586-3352.

For an overview of commercial collection services, download City of Milpitas Commercial Recycling & Waste Services GuideAdobe Icon

To view commercial recycling and solid waste collection rates, visit City of Milpitas Recycling & Solid Waste RatesAdobe Icon

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 participate in a recycling program. Recycling collection services are free in the City of Milpitas, which makes it even easier to comply.

Contact Republic Commercial Customer Service at (408) 432-1234 to learn more about commercial recycling and garbage services. If you have any further questions, please contact the City of Milpitas at (408) 586-3352.

Does My Business Require Recycling Services?

To determine if your business needs to comply, simply look at the size of your Republic Services trash bin. If your trash bin is 4 cubic yards or bigger, or if you have smaller bin that is services 2-3 times per week, you should start recycling services. Request Recycling Services

Free Recycling Program Perks

The more you recycle, the more opportunity you may have to save on your garbage bill! We provide free, extra perks to enhance your recycling experience, including:business-recycling-program-thumbnail

  • A dedicated recycling coordinator to answer your questions and provide onsite waste assessments;
  • Recycling collection that best fits your needs and location, including containers ranging in size from 1 to 8 cubic yards, with collection service opportunities up to six days per week;
  • Deskside recycling boxes for inside your business;
  • Training for your employees;
  • Decals for indoor and outdoor containers.

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. 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 over loaded (i.e., you can’t close the container lids), then it’s time to contact your recycling coordinator to reevaluate the necessary level of service. Contact Republic Services at (408) 432-1234 to schedule a free waste consultation.

Properly disposing of hazardous waste can be costly and inconvenient. Fortunately, small business owners in Milpitas have a cost-effective and environmentally sound option to meet their hazardous waste recycling and disposal needs.

If your business qualifies as a Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator (CESQG), you have the opportunity to participate in the Santa Clara County CESQG Program. To qualify, you must generate less than 220 lbs., or 27 gallons of hazardous waste per month, or less than 2.2 lbs. of Extremely Hazardous Waste per month. Click here to learn how to participate.

If your business does not qualify for the CESQG Program, please refer to the County’s Hazardous Materials Compliance Division for detailed information on how to properly handle your business’ hazardous waste.

Watch Out for Hazardous Waste in Your Bins

The ability to identify what items belong in which containers is essential to the success of the recycling process. Even more vital to our efforts is keeping hazardous waste out of both the trash and recycling streams to protect workers and the environment.

Materials that DO NOT belong in either container can be thought of as The Killers, Hurters, Hiders and Sliders (refer to table below). If you have any questions about hazardous materials and how to safely dispose of them, visit www.hhw.org.

Keep your work area clean and prevent water pollution! You can do this by: maintaining clean enclosures; keeping bin lids closed at all times; increasing service if bins always overfill; watching for leaks from bins and call Republic when this happens.

Hazardous Waste TypeExamples
The Killers - Actual poisonsPesticides; herbicides; insect sprays
The Hurters - Chemicals that are harsh, damaging or toxicAcids (swimming pool chemicals); chlorine bleaches; lye; liquid drain openers; paint and paint-related products such as thinners; varnishes; strippers; rust removers; photo and x-ray processing products and residues; automotive cleaners and solvents
The Hiders - Products that have toxic or dangerous elements hidden insideAutomotive tires; batteries; electronic products - computers, monitors, printers, etc.; aerosol cans; tanks with any amount of helium, propane or oxygen
The Sliders: Lubricants and oil-based productsUsed or new motor oil; transmission fluid; gasoline; anti-freeze and brake fluid

Does My Business Require Organics Recycling?

California Assembly Bill 1826 — effective since April 1, 2016 — requires all businesses that generate 8 cubic yards or more of organic waste per week arrange for organics recycling services. The implementation schedule for mandatory organics recycling ramps up as follows:

  • April 1, 2016: Businesses that generate 8 cubic yards of organic waste per week shall arrange for organics waste recycling services.
  • January 1, 2017: Businesses that generate 4 cubic yards of organic waste per week shall arrange for organics waste recycling services.
  • January 1, 2019: Businesses that generate 4 cubic yards or more of commercial solid waste per week shall arrange for organics waste recycling services.

How Can I Start Organics Recycling? 

The City of Milpitas and Republic Services offers food waste recycling and a recycling coordinator to help make this transition as easy as possible. Please contact Republic Commercial Customer Service at (408) 432-1234 to set up or get help managing your organics recycling program.

You can also visit Republic Services’ official website to request Organics Recycling Service for your business:  Request Organics Recycling Service

Organics Recycling Quick Facts

  • Forty percent (40%) of the material going to landfills is compostable.
  • Compost builds healthy soils through the introduction of organic matter, prevents soil erosion, reduces the need for chemical fertilizers and pesticides, and significantly increases water retention.
  • The CO2 released during the decomposition of composting is a natural part of the carbon cycle, whereas the CO2 releases in an anaerobic environment (such as a landfill) releases the carbon as a methane, which is a significantly more potent greenhouse gas in the short term.

Illegal Scavenging

Stealing glass, plastic bottles or aluminum cans out of recycling containers is illegal in the City of Milpitas. Scavenging is dangerous and increases the cost of recycling services. Report scavenging immediately! Call the Milpitas Police Department at (408) 586-2400 when you witness scavenging with the following information:

  • Time and location the scavenging occurs or usually occurs;
  • Description of scavenger (height, clothing, etc.);
  • Direction scavenger is traveling;
  • License plate number, if this can be safely obtained.

Illegal Dumping

To report suspicious discharges into the storm drain, call 9-1-1 immediately. The City of Milpitas Fire Department responds to reports about illegal dumping into storm drains. Remember: Anything other than rain water is an illegal discharge to our storm water conveyance system, our creeks and South San Francisco Bay.  

If hazardous waste has been dumped on your business property, please email the County of Santa Clara’s Household Hazardous Waste Program to ask for suggestions pertaining to illegal dumping prevention and tips.


Business Hazardous Waste Recycling

Find out how to participate in the County's hazardous waste recycling program.


Request Organics Recycling

Start your business' organics recycling service today!


Commercial Recycling & Garbage Services Guide

Learn more about commercial recycling & garbage services available in Milpitas.


Business Recycling Newsletter

Find out the latest business recycling & garbage news.


Styrofoam Recycling

Learn more about recycling molded block Styrofoam and polystyrene food and beverage containers.


Temporary Debris Boxes

Get details on obtaining a temporary debris box for your commercial improvement project.


Workplace Waste Prevention

Find general tips on how you can prevent waste in your workplace!


Green Business Certification

Learn about the advantages of being certified as a Bay Area Green Business and get certified today!

Republic Customer Service - Commercial(408) 432-1234
City of Milpitas - Solid Waste, General(408) 586-3352 or (408) 586-3353
City of Milpitas - Reuse Line(408) 586-2680