Collection Frequency Waiver for Commercial Recyclables and Gray Container Waste

Commercial businesses in the unincorporated County that subscribe to three-container collection service (black, blue, and gray) may apply for a frequency waiver from required weekly collection of the blue and/or gray container if they generate limited gray-container and/or recyclable (blue container) waste.  Approval of the waiver allows for the collection of the blue container, gray container, or both, once every 14 days, rather than once per week.


  • Receive three-container (green, blue, and gray) waste collection service.
  • Submit documentation that your residence or business can maintain safe and sanitary conditions without weekly gray-container and/or blue-container collection.

Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements

  • Provide written verification of continued eligibility every three years from approval of the waiver.
  • Immediately notify the Director if [], in which case the waiver may be rescinded.

Application Instructions

1. Complete all required sections of this application form.

2. Submit the application in one of the following ways:

  • Submit online by clicking the “Submit” button at the end of the form.
  • To request a paper copy of this application form, email [email protected] or call (408) 282-3180.
  • Mail Applications to: Integrated Waste Management Services 1553 Berger Drive, Bldg. 1, 2nd Floor, San José, CA 95112 for consideration by County staff.

3. County staff will review application and respond within 30 days of receipt.

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