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.
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Recyclable Materials Guide
Residents may now place some household hazardous waste curbside for collection. Used motor oil will be collected when placed in a clear one-gallon plastic container with a tight fitting screw-top lid. Used oil filters must be placed in a sealed clear tear-resistant bag. Used oil filter bags will be provided by GreenWaste at no additional charge. Residents may now also place household batteries (e.g., AA, AAA, D, nickel cadmium)* and cell phones in clear tear-resistant bags and place them next to 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.
The City of Palo Alto Household Hazardous Waste Program provides residents with environmentally safe, convenient method for disposal. Collection events are held on the 1st Saturday of each month, 9 AM to noon and on two Friday afternoons from 3 PM - 5 PM (April, September). Events are held at 2501 Embarcadero Way. For additional information please visit the Palo Alto Hazardous Waste Program website or contact the City's Hazardous Waste Program at (650) 496-6980.
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.