Palo Alto - Businesses and Schools

GreenWaste of Palo Alto Services

Services available to businesses and schools include recyclables, compostables and garbage collection in wheeled carts or bins. Expanded services include: recycling of all rigid plastics (e.g., broken toys, shelving), film plastics (e.g., shrink wrap, bubble wrap, plastic bags), scrap metal, hardback books and electronics all of which can be placed in your blue recyclables container. Businesses and schools may also participate in GreenWaste's compostables program. The compostables program accepts food scraps, food soiled paper and yard trimmings. Participation in this program promotes increased diversion, helping the Palo Alto community reach its goal of zero waste.

If you need assistance starting a compostables program or keeping one going, a GreenWaste Environmental Outreach Coordinator (EOC) can assist you, at no additional cost. Assistance includes:

  • Establishing service levels, conducting site visits and waste audits
  • Planning for special events
  • Education: on-site training and meetings; posters and stickers; tours of our processing facilities

Contact Customer Service to reach an EOC at (650) 493-4894.

Education & Outreach Materials                            

Commercial Services Booklet
English   Spanish   Russian   Simple Mandarin   Japanese

Detailed Materials Guide

Recyclables Poster
English/Spanish   Russian   Simple Mandarin   Japanese

Compostables Poster
English/Spanish   Russian   Simple Mandarin   Japanese

Landfill Poster

Compostables FAQs

Office Earth Day Resources

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Station 

The City of Palo Alto has a drop-off program for businesses, non-profit organizations and property managers to properly dispose of Universal (e.g., fluorescent lamps) and Hazardous Wastes (e.g., paint).  Per State law, neither Universal nor Hazardous Waste may be placed in the garbage.

Program Details:
• Eligibility: Your business/property must generate less than 220 pounds, or 27 gallons of hazardous waste per month, or less than 2.2 pounds of Extremely Hazardous Waste per month.
• Drop-off is by appointment only. Appointments occur monthly on the 1st Saturday, after 11 AM. Location is 2501 Embarcadero Way.
• For an appointment contact the City’s contractor, Clean Harbors at (800) 433-5060.
• There is a fee for this service. A completed form documenting the type and amount of material being disposed is required.

For more information, please visit the Palo Alto Hazardous Waste Program website or contact Zero Waste Palo Alto at (650) 496-5910.

Debris Box Services & Rates

GreenWaste of Palo Alto offers debris boxes in multiple sizes for source separated and mixed materials. Debris Boxes can be ordered on an on-call basis or as a scheduled weekly service. Please contact Customer Service at (650) 493-4894 to schedule delivery of a debris box that will meet your needs for capacity, type of material and collection frequency.

Please note: to ensure compliance with the City's Construction and Debris (C&D) ordinance, C&D boxes will be charged an additional fee that will refunded if the C&D debris placed in the box does not exceed 25% unacceptable materials. For more information on rates or to scehdule a delivery, please refer to the Debris Box Rate Schedule (R-3) or call Customer Service at (650) 493-4894.

Other Useful Links

Business & School Rate Schedule (R-2: Businesses and Schools with cart service)
Business & School Rate Schedule (R-3: Businesses and Schools with bin service)
Palo Alto Zero Waste website
Palo Alto Bin/Cart Dimension Guide