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Newby Island Resource Recovery Park

As one of the nation's premier recycling companies, Republic Services has taken our commitment to environmental sustainability to the next level at the Newby Island Resource Recovery Park (NIRRP), located in San Jose, CA. The NIRRP is considered a one-stop shop with a recycling facility capable of sorting thousands of tons of mixed wet and dry materials, an onsite clean natural gas fueling station and many other sustainable features. Our customers only need to come to one place to meet all their waste, recycling and collection needs.

By 2015, solar and wind power sources will be implemented and operational at the NIRRP, further proving our environmental commitment to the communities we serve.

With the strength of the NIRRP and the dedication of every Republic Services employee, we make it our responsibility to lead the way in protecting the environment and close the loop each and every day.


Features of the Newby Island Resource Recovery Park Recyclery

The Recyclery at Newby Island is the most advanced recycling facility in the world with the ability to process (sort) more material per hour and recover very high percentages of recyclables. The system in place consists of four processing lines designed to process 400,000 tons per year. This processing system allows Republic Services to sort through wet and dry trash, organics and recyclables to divert as much material as possible from the landfill.


Republic Services' state-of-the-art organics recycling program delivers the most environmentally responsible, efficient and cost-effective organics recycling services to our customers. We turn yard and food waste scraps into nutrient rich, certified organic compost that is used by local businesses, residents, school districts and parks.

Currently the Newby Island Organics Facility markets more than 100,000 cubic yards of compost, mulch and wood chips each year. Sales of our trademark Super Humus Compost are extensive, reaching as far north as Sacramento and Cloverdale and as far south as Salinas and Carmel. With an extensive list of customers throughout northern California the facility has grown from 216 tons per day in 1988 to an average of 625 tons per day currently.


Republic Services now offers foam recycling drop-off at the Newby Island Resource Recovery Park! It's easy, it's free and, best of all, it's good for the environment. Follow the simple guidelines below and call us at 408-432-1234 with questions.

  • Make sure your foam has the PS 6 (Polystyrene) symbol shown at right.
  • Please place foam in clear, sealed bags.
  • Place packaging foam and food service containers in separate bags.
  • Food service containers MUST be clean and rinsed.
  • No straws, lids, plastic wrap or trash.
  • No packaging peanuts.
  • No foam insulation.

Newby Island Resource Recovery Park
1601 Dixon Landing Road
Milpitas, CA 95035

Inside the Recovery Park, please follow signs to the Recyclery Scale. The scale house operator will direct you to the foam recycling drop-off containers.

Foam Drop-off Hours
Monday-Friday: 7:30am - 5:00pm
Saturday: 7:30am - 12:00pm
Sunday: Closed


The NIRRP contains an onsite gas-to-energy facility that provides clean fuel to operate the San Jose/Santa Clara Water Pollution Control Plan. It also generates enough clean energy to power over 3,000 homes by capturing landfill gas and converting it into green energy.

Landfill gas is created when organic waste in landfills decomposes, producing methane - the primary ingredient in natural gas and a greenhouse gas. The landfill gas-to-energy plant captures the methane and turns it into electricity for use by residential and business customers. Converting landfill gas to energy prevents the release of greenhouse gases and creates electricity from a renewable, affordable source - reducing the need for power created from fossil fuels.


Found near the rear of the NIRRP property, Republic Services operates a C&D material processing facility able to divert approximately 90 percent of C&D material from the landfill. Materials like concrete, asphalt, drywall, wood and scrap metals are all mined out for reuse.


Republic Services' Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling station is scheduled to be operational at the NIRRP by July 2012 and will serve to fuel our fleet of 60 trucks. This innovative approach to fueling Republic Services' collection and service vehicle fleet offers an effective alternative to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Not only does CNG fuel provide 65 percent less emissions than "clean diesel" trucks, it also contributes up to an 80 percent reduction in noise pollution.


The Newby Island landfill opened in 1938 and with the number of diversion practices in place, Republic Services expects the landfill to remain available for many more years. This disposal site accepts industrial wastes, grit, screenings, wastewater treatment sludge, contaminated soils, clean soils and municipal solid waste.

The NIRRP landfill footprint is a total of 342 acres and is permitted to accept up to 4,000 tons of municipal solid waste per day.