Mountain View Recycling Center
935 Terra Bella Avenue (near Shoreline Blvd. & Hwy 101)
Services & Operating Hours
Tuesday through Saturday
9 am to 4 pm
Monday through Friday 8 am to 4 pm
Saturday 9 am to 4 pm
|Extra Garbage Stickers |
Clean Up Vouchers
|Monday through Friday |
9-11 am and 2-4 pm
|Closed on January 1, July 4, Thanksgiving Day |
(fourth Friday of November) and December 25.
Redeem "California Redemption Value" bottles and cans for cash during buy-back hours. Empty bottles and remove lids. The recycling center is a Certified Redemption Center regulated by the State of California, and operated by Recology on City property. This facility only accepts recycling. For the City's disposal facility, use the SMaRT Station (see Related Links to the left).
Why Redeem Cans and Bottles at the Mountain View Recycling Center?
It keeps recycling revenues working for your community. When you redeem bottles and cans here, you receive cash for the containers and also help conserve resources and divert waste from the landfill. In turn, the City receives a small payment from the State redemption fund, and Recology receives the salvage value of the cans and bottles. These revenues are returned to the utility rate fund to keep rates low. See below for more information about the Buy-Back Center such as Counting vs. Weighing, No Liquids or Caps, and What Happens to Bottles and Cans.
Drop Off Services
The following items are accepted at the Recycling Center during drop-off hours only. Please do not visit the Center or leave any items after hours.
- All items which are usually accepted in the curbside recycling program (see What’s Recyclable link to the left)
- Milk and dairy cartons
- Aseptic containers (juice, soup, soy milk)
- Aerosol cans (empty)
- Frozen food boxes (and other waxed paperboard)
- Rigid plastics (pails, buckets, plant pots, etc.)
- Textiles (unusable clothes, sheets, blankets, towels)
- Scrap metal less than 6 feet long (pots/pans, trays, utensils, tools and
other small all-metal items)
- Film plastic (bread and dry cleaner bags, bubble wrap, plastic packaging wrap, zip lock bags, cereal box-type liners, shrink wrap). Please bundle plastic together.
- Usable clothing and shoes for donation
- E-waste (computers, monitors, printers, TVs, etc.)
- Mattresses and box springs (fees apply)
- Used cooking oil (in clear plastic bottle or jug with screw top lid)
- Compact fluorescent bulbs (no tubes-take to SMaRT Station)
- Cell phones
- Household batteries (in clear plastic bags, tape terminals)
By Appointment Services
Appointments for residents are required to drop off these reusable or recyclable items (limits apply). Call Recology at (650) 967-3034 to make an appointment.
- Appliances (no full size refrigerators or freezers)
- Large plastic toys (e.g. tri-cycles, slides)
- Furniture, suitable for donation only
- Clean wood and lumber (no painted or treated wood)
- Yard trimmings
Buy-Back Center . . . More Information
Counting vs. Weighing
Under State regulations, if you have less than 50 containers, you may ask to have containers individually counted (e.g. 49 CRV bottles and 30 CRV cans). However, the recycling center has the right to refuse requests for individual counts and pay by weight if there are more than 50 containers of each type or if there are others waiting in line. The best time to have containers counted is on a weekday when the recycling center is not as busy. Note: recent studies by the State Department of Conservation reveal that the pay out difference between individual counts and weights are minimal. Complaints about the State's redemption program or regulations may be made directly to 1-800-RECYCLE. See also FAQs at http://www.bottlesandcans.com/faqs/.
No Liquids or Caps
In order to fairly weigh and pay consumers for bottles and cans, all containers must be emptied of liquids and other materials before weighing. Please remove plastic bottle caps because they are not recyclable and can trap liquids. Only bottles and cans, without liquids or plastic caps, are accepted in the California Redemption Value program for payment.
Besides not being recyclable or eligible for the cash program, bottle caps left on containers are a danger to workers at recycling plants where heavy equipment and wire baling is used to process them for market. Bottle caps become dangerous projectiles when crushed during processing. Another dangerous condition occurs when bottles are baled for stacking and shipping, the process of osmosis will cause a capped bottle to deflate, causing the entire bale to become loose and unstable, and may topple over onto workers. Finally, the recycling marketplace does not accept plastic bottle caps even if made from the same material as the bottle. Why do some curbside programs allow customers to leave plastic caps on cooking oil bottles? Because cooking bottles are not being redeemed for cash; there are few of them compared to the rest of the load; and the caps may be left on the bottle to prevent spills that soil the cart and attract ants and insects.
What Happens to Bottles & Cans?
In 2009, about 119,580 pounds of aluminum cans, 521,220 pounds of glass bottles and 177,360 pounds of plastic bottles were recycled through the center. These materials will be made into new cans, glass bottles, plastic bottles and other useful products.