Palo Alto - Residents of Single Family Dwellings

GreenWaste of Palo Alto Services:

Services available to residents of single family homes include collection of recyclables, yard trimmings and garbage collection in wheeled carts, or garbage in a 32-gallon can with a subscription to back/side yard service. As part of the commitment to Zero Waste, GreenWaste of Palo Alto accepts  more materials in your curbside recycling bins. Customers may now place all rigid plastics (e.g., buckets, broken toys, lawn furniture, and shelving) and plastic bags and film plastics (e.g., plastic wrap from toilet paper; napkins and paper towel) in their blue bin. Also acceptable in the curbside recycling program are: hardcover books, scrap metal, electronics (e.g., laptops, game systems, computer CPUs, printers, keyboards and peripherals), and cell phones can also be recycled when placed in sealed tear-resistant bags and placed next to your blue bins. Annual discount coupons will be distributed for the self-hauling of materials to the Zanker Material Processing Facility in San Jose, where construction and demolition debris is accepted for recycling and larger loads of materials are accepted and processed.

Education & Outreach Materials                           

Residential Service Booklet
English   Spanish   Russian   Simple Mandarin   Japanese

Residential Service Mailer
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Detailed Materials Guide

Recyclables Poster
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Household Hazardous Waste:

Residents may place some household hazardous waste curbside for collection. Used motor oil will be collected when placed next to your recycling container in a clear one-gallon plastic container with a tight fitting screw-top lid. Used oil filters must be placed next to your recycling container in a sealed clear tear-resistant bag. Used oil filter bags will be provided by GreenWaste at no additional charge. Residents may also place household batteries (e.g., AA, AAA, D, nickel cadmium)* and cell phones in clear tear-resistant bags and place them on your recycling container for curbside pick-up.

*IMPORTANT! Prior to depositing dead batteries in the battery recycling containers, Federal Law now requires the terminals be taped with non-conductive tape (electrical, duct, or masking tape) to prevent short-circuiting during transport.

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.

Useful Links

Residential Rate Schedule (R-1)
Palo Alto Zero Waste website
Palo Alto Bin/Cart Dimension Guide