GreenWaste Recovery provides weekly collection of garbage, recyclable materials and compostables for residences located in the Town of Portola Valley. Materials are placed out for collection in three containers – garbage, single-stream recycling and compostables. Once placed curbside, materials are collected in a dual compartment vehicle, with garbage and compostables co-collected in one side of the vehicle, and recyclables kept separate in the other side of the vehicle. To view a diagram illustrating this unique and innovate collection and processing methodology, click here. Please see the Services Offered section of our website for a complete list of available services for residents in Portola Valley.
Garbage, recyclable materials and compostables collected in the Town of Portola Valley are brought to the GreenWaste Material Recovery Facility (MRF) in San Jose for processing. Recyclable materials are sorted on the single-stream recyclables processing line at the MRF where they are separated by material type, baled and shipped to market to be given new life as a recycled product. All yard trimmings and organics are removed from the garbage and sent to Z-Best Composting Facility in Gilroy where they are screened for further processing: the woody debris is chipped and used as a co-generation fuel and the lightweight yard trimmings and organics are composted and used as a high-quality soil amendment.. The remaining non-recyclable and non-compostable residuals are transported to a landfill for disposal.