Need to find a new home for old computers, toys your kids have outgrown, or paint you're not going to use? Here is our guide to getting stuff out of your basement and into all the right places—that is, everywhere but the landfill.
Find out how to recycle everything in Los Gatos.
Clothing: Cleaning out your closet gives you the opportunity to help others in need or maybe even make some extra cash. Here are a list of places to donate, sell and recycle unwanted items from your wardrobe.
The Goodwill Collection Center is conveniently located in Los Gatos at 14800 Winchester Blvd. at Lark Avenue. Residents can drop off their unwanted items there.
Toys: As your children get older and are gifted more toys, they outgrow certain playthings that can benefit less fortunate children. Consider donating to Toys for Tots, or go to www.donationtown.org to find out how you can get toys picked up from your home. Also accepted at the Goodwill Collection Center.
Electronics, Computers, Cellphones: Even though that old computer and last year's iPhone seem outdated, there are plenty of people who could put them to good use. For example, many women’s shelters collect working cellphones for women in domestic abuse situations so they can call 911 if needed, explains HowStuffWorks.com.
West Valley Collection and Recycling is Los Gatos' exclusive solid waste and recycling hauler, including large debris boxes and roll-off bins that may be needed for construction, demolition, and other large projects. If you have any questions about your service call 408-283-9250.
Do you have an item you’d like to recycle, but you don’t know how? Check out the town's list of local recycling resources.
Community Garage Sale
The Community Garage Sale is an annual event that allows residents to clean out their closets and attics, and keep those valuable items from going to the landfill. For more information, click here.
Keep Los Gatos Beautiful
April is Keep Los Gatos Beautiful Month! Each April, programs and activities are planned to celebrate the beauty of our community and encourage sustainable practices that include Earth Day and Arbor Day celebrations, special guests and give a ways at the Los Gatos Farmers Market, children's events at the Library, and much more. Further event info is available at: Keep Los Gatos Beautiful.
See attached PDF to find out what local businesses in town accept your old batteries.
The program works to protect the environment and public health from the effects of improper disposal of hazardous waste from Santa Clara County homes and small businesses. This service provides the community with practical pollution prevention options for the use, recycling, and disposal of products containing hazardous substances.
A list of solid waste services and facilities is available here.
Household Hazardous/Universal Waste
Looking to get rid of any of the below items in your household? WVC&R offers a free drop off for these items, 9-11 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday. Details: 408-283-9250
- Computer keyboards & mice
- Computer monitors
- Computer Printers
- DVD and VCR players
- Electrical switches & relays
- Electronic devices
- External computer hard drives
- Fluorescent tubes & bulbs
- Household batteries
- Laptop computers
- Mercury added novelties
- Mercury containing lamps
- Mercury gauges
- Mercury thermostats
- Non-empty aerosol cans
- Pilot light sensors
- Used Motor oil and oil filters
- Water based paints
What did we miss? Tell us where you're recycling, reselling and donating your gently used items.