Community Outreach

We are committed to educating the community about recycling and the collection and processing of yard trimmings. Being involved with the community is just one of the many things we proudly do!

GreenWaste has provided collection and recycling services to communities since the early 1990's. We are a privately owned company based in San Jose and dedicated to developing and implementing innovative methods to reduce, reuse and recycle waste. Since our founding, GreenWaste has continued a record of providing reliable, efficient and high quality service.



GreenWaste's Material Recovery Facility Awarded 2011 Acterra Business Environmental Award for Environmental Enterprise


San Jose, CA April 2011 - After a highly competitive and thorough application and interview process, GreenWaste Recovery, Inc. was awarded the 2011 Acterra Business Environmental Award for a medium sized company in the category of Environmental Enterprise for its "state-of-the-art" Material Recovery Facility (MRF). The Acterra Business Environmental Award recognizes and celebrates Bay Area corporate environmental leaders.

The Environmental Enterprise category was awarded to GreenWaste for their implementation and innovation in the design and operation of their "state-of-the-art" Material Recovery Facility (MRF) in San Jose. The MRF is one of the most innovative processing facilities in the world, capable of sorting and recovering more than 85% of household waste. The MRF is capable of sorting more than 28 tons per hour of recyclables and over 30 tons per hour of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) all while producing high quality recycled materials. GreenWaste also utilizes alternative fuels for its vehicles, powers a third of its MRF with solar panels, voluntarily reports greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and is committed to reducing GHG emissions and has many of its offices certified with the County's Green Business program.

"Getting the most difficult-to-recover recyclables is the success story of GreenWaste. They take proven technology; clean stream recyclables and dirty stream refuse from multi-family dwellings in the same building, add superior intensity of effort and produce highly marketable recovered materials. Because of these innovative practices, Acterra is pleased to recognize GreenWaste for its environmental leadership in the waste management industry," states Business Environmental Awards Judging Committee Chair, Norm Ploss. Initiated in 1990, Acterra is considered a heavyweight among award programs due to its rigorous application and judging process. "Our awardees must demonstrate their environmental commitment and achievements through a careful vetting process," states Board President Laura Teksler.

GreenWaste will be honored at the 2011 Business Environmental Awards Reception on Thursday, June 2nd at the Crowne Plaza Cabana Hotel in Palo Alto, CA. For more information regarding the other award-winning programs, please visit

To view the GreenWaste Recovery Acterra Award Video click here.