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Composting & Yard Trimmings

Yard Trimmings Curbside Service
Extra Yard Trimmings Collection (NEW July 2013)
Acceptable and Unacceptable Yard Trimmings
Fall Leaf Collection (NEW Fall 2013)
Compost Classes
Master Composters
Free Compost Ready to Use

Yard Trimmings Curbside Service
The residential curbside recycling program for houses includes yard trimmings service. Please contact Recology Mountain View at 650-967-3034 to order a 64- or 96-gallon yard trimmings cart. The cart and service are provided at no direct charge and are paid for through trash rates. An extra cart is available at no charge for properties generating large amounts of yard trimmings on a regular basis. 

Fall Leaf Collection (NEW Fall 2013)
Between September 30 and December 6, you may set out yard trimming carts and extra containers weekly on your regular trash collection day. Please do not pile leaves in the street unless you have confirmed that your home is located in the special street sweeping area (650-903-6329).  

Piles of fallen leaves also offer the perfect opportunity to create compost in your backyard. Composting is the natural decomposition of organic materials into a fertile soil amendment. Composting is easy, fun and educational. If you start this Fall, you will have nutrient-rich compost ready in time for planting your Spring garden. 

Extra Yard Trimmings Collection (NEW July 2013)
If you occasionally have extra yard trimmings, you may set out up to 2 extra containers of yard trimmings next to your yard trimmings cart on collection day.  Use large kraft paper bags or plastic cans (less than 32-gallons and 50 pounds each).  No metal cans or plastic bags please.  Place containers at curbside with the yard trimmings cart.  If you regularly have extra yard trimmings, please order the larger yard trimmings cart above.

Yard trimmings are collected on the same schedule as recycling, every other week. For collection, yard trimmings must be placed in carts provided by Recology except as noted below. Please do NOT put loose yard trimmings in the street.  For collection of large branches, request an On Call Plus curbside appointment or a special collection.  A reduced-rate recycling box for yard trimmings is also available by calling Recology at 650-967-3034.   

    Acceptable yard trimmings (inside cart):

  • Grass, leaves, twigs, pruned clippings
  • Branches less than 6 inches in diameter and 4 feet in length

    Unacceptable yard trimmings (dispose as garbage):

  • Bamboo
  • Cactus
  • Dirt, soil, concrete
  • Food waste, food scraps or produce*
  • Fruits*
  • Garden hoses
  • Ice plant
  • Palm fronds
  • Plastic plant pots**
  • Plastic tarps
  • Plastic plant identifiers stakes or tags
  • Poison oak/ivy
  • Vegetables*
  • Wood landscape materials such as bender boards, mow strips, arbors, trellises, pickets, fences, railroad ties, and wood used for retaining walls.
  • Wood scrap lumber or dimensional lumber
  • Yucca

* Recycle food waste, fruits, vegetables and other yard trimmings in a backyard home composting bin.  Take a compost workshop through our countywide program--call 408-918-4640 or http://www.reducewaste.org/ to register.

** Plastic plant pots are not compostable or recyclable even if marked with a recycling symbol.  Only plastic bottles or food/beverage tubs are accepted for recycling if marked with a recycling symbol #1 through #7).

Compost Workshops
The Santa Clara County Home Composting Program offers home composting workshops at the Mountain View Community Center in Rengstorff Park and other locations.  Learn how to turn your grass, leaves and kitchen scraps into nutritious soil for your garden and get a compost bin at a discounted rate.   Pre-register by calling the Rotline at 408-918-4640 or visit http://www.reducewaste.org/.

In addition, you can also join neighborhood composters by searching the web.  Visit Peninsula Composting Club, which is a peer-to-peer email support network of Bay Area composting enthusiasts eager to share their experiences and learn from others' experiences. Search for other groups at http://groups.google.com. Visit the City's Neighborhoods webpage to view Mountain View Neighborhood Associations to see if they have a neighborhood composting group or blog.

Master Composters
You can also learn more by becoming a Master Composter in Santa Clara County and have an opportunity to teach home composting classes.  Please contact www.reducewaste.org for more information or call 408.918.4640.  

Training includes workshops on the art and science of basic and worm composting, field trips, certification and all training materials.  Master Composter training enhances the skills of community leaders, activists, educators, environmentalists, gardeners, and recyclers.  We encourage adults of all ages and abilities to apply. If you have ideas and energy for community participation, this class is for you.

Free Compost Ready-To-Use
Mountain View residents may pick up free finished compost and mulch at the SMaRT Station seven days a week, which is located at 301 Carl Road at the intersection of Carribbean Drive and Borregas Avenue in Sunnyvale (408-752-8530). 

Recology collects yard trimmings throughout the community and brings it to the SMaRT Station in Sunnyvale for processing.  The Station produces mulch, good for top dressing, but finished compost is also available.  Both mulch and finished compost can be found in piles (loose) at the Station and is available only to residents of Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Palo Alto and Los Altos.  Please bring your own shovel and container to load and transport the material.  There is a limit of one load per week.  These materials are provided to residents at no charge with proof of residency.  More information:  about compost material quantity limits and tarping requirements.