Palo Alto - Residents of Multi Family Dwellings

GreenWaste of Palo Alto Services:

Services available to residents of multi-unit complexes 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. GreenWaste will also be providing each residential multi-unit complex with a 6-gallon "Recycling Buddy," which can be placed inside your home, in a convenient location that makes recycling easy. Residents 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:

  • Establish 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

Recycle Buddy Flyer

Compostables Poster
English/Spanish   Russian   Simple Mandarin   Japanese

Landfill Poster

Compostables FAQs

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Station:

Palo Alto residents may safely and conveniently dispose of their unwanted or unused toxic household items at the HHW Station.

• Every Saturday 9am to 11am
• First Friday of each month 3pm to 5pm

Holiday Closures - please call or visit us online to check for holiday closures.

• 15 gallons or 125 pounds of household hazardous waste per visit
• Must be a Palo Alto Resident (driver’s license or vehicle registration)

Reuse Cabinets
Residents can pick up usable household products such as paints, cleaners and unused motor oil. These usable items were brought to the HHW Station for disposal by other residents and screened by the City before being placed in the cabinets for reuse.

Regional Water Quality Control Plant
2501 Embarcadero Way, Palo Alto, CA 94303

For additional 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

Multi-Unit Complex Rate Schedule (R-1: 4 units or less)
Multi-Unit Complex Rate Schedule (R-2: 5 units or more with cart service)
Multi-Unit Complex Rate Schedule (R-3: 5 units or more with bin service)
Palo Alto Zero Waste website
Palo Alto Bin/Cart Dimension Guide