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FAQ for Zanker

What do you charge for materials?

View our current rate sheet.

What materials do you accept or not accept?

View our detailed materials list (pdf).

Where is your facility located?

View a map to our location.

I understand you have OMRI approved compost for sale. Can you provide the rates for the materials?

Yes, we produce OMRI approved organic compost at our Z-Best Compost location and we have it available for sale at Zanker Landscape Materials yard. Please visit our

Do you accept old appliances like, dishwashers, televisions, microwaves, water softeners, dryers, washers, refrigerators and freezers?

Yes we do, and we recycle them also. The standard rate is $30 per cubic yard with a minimum charge of $30. There are no extra charges for these appliances. View our rate sheet.

Do you accept waste oil, paint, car batteries, small batteries, AAA, AA, etc or medications?

We can not accept any of these materials but you can call the County of Santa Clara Hazardous Waste (408-299-7300) or visit their web site for more information.

Does Zanker accept beverage containers for recycling? If so, what do you pay for them?

First we can accept beverage containers but since we are classified as a drop off facility by the State we charge for everything we receive. Zanker is not a buy-back center.

Do I need an appointment, or I just come by to drop off my old stuff? What time are you open on the weekends and where are you located?

No appointment is necessary, just come on by. We open at 8:00 AM on Saturday and Sunday and close at 3:45 PM. The Zanker facilities are located north of Zanker Road, one mile north of Zanker and Highway 237 in San Jose.

I live in Sunnyvale, am I allowed to use your facility?

Yes, you are. We are a private company and allow everybody to use our site. We will ask you what City your materials are from, but that is a requirement of the State of California.

I have a twin-trundle bed that has a metal frame and a mattress, a glass coffee table with a metal frame and a wooden men’s dress valet. Will you be able to recycle the metal and wood if I bring it to your facility?

We can accept all the materials and will recycle what we can, including the mattresses if it is dry, and the metal frame and wood.

I remodeled my kitchen. I need to dump old ceramic tiles, a bit of drywall and some wood; all total will be less than 1 pickup truck. Will you accept this and roughly how much it will cost?

Yes, we will recycle it all, if we can. The rates for these type of materials are $30.00 per cubic yard with a minimum charge of $30.00. To determine your rate, measure the length of the load, x height x the width and divide by 27. A standard pickup can carry 2 to 4 yards. There is no allowance for air space so pack your load well.

Do you accept furniture? If so, what is the cost to dispose of a sofa & loveseat?

Our rates for these materials are $30 per cubic yard. If you measure the length x width x height of the load and divide by 27, you will get the total cubic yards. A lot of other companies will charge you extra for these materials, but not us.

I have solid/sludge waste: dirt, leaves, rocks, misc debris that I need to dispose of. It is also a little bit wet.

This could be a problem. Sludge is a regulated waste and most sites are not able to accept it. If this is more like wet soil, then we can accept the materials but it has to be less then 50% moisture content. If this is just landscape waste, then we could accept it at our Site #1 facility in San Jose.

Do you take tires? If so, how much do they cost and do you just bury them?

We accept tires but they are expensive. Car tires are $10.00 each and truck tires $22.00 each. We take all our tires to a permitted state recycler for recycling.

Can I bring household yard waste (tree stumps) and construction waste (closet door, some lumber, small granite counter top, and concrete cinder blocks) for disposal?

Yes, we refer to these materials as C&D, construction and demolition wastes. They don’t get disposed, they go through our recycling operations and find other markets.

How can I recycle the Styrofoam packaging that I have? It is a large block with cut-outs for a table lamp.

Sorry to tell you but you can’t. There is no local market for these materials.

Is Zanker closed on holidays?

Most holidays we are open although we are closed:

Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day
New Years Day

We close early on the following days

Christmas Eve, New Years Eve, Memorial Day, Labor Day and the 4th of July.

I have an old deck made of pressure treated lumber. Do you accept these materials for recycling?

Pressure treated lumber is considered a designated waste and thus we are unable to accept the materials.

Does Zanker recycle toilets, if so what do you make out of them?

Yes, we do recycle toilets at the Site #1 Facility. We accept toilets 7 days per week. We crush the toilets and make an aggregate base product for building foundations and roads.

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