Businesses produce 64 percent of Mountain View's total waste stream, and are vitally important to helping our community achieve Zero Waste goals. By State law, Mountain View must divert at least 50 percent of its waste away from the landfill by reducing waste, recycling, reuse, and composting methods. To date, Mountain View has far exceeded this goal thanks in large part to the efforts of the business community and the City’s progressive recycling and zero waste programs.  The City's diversion rate averages 73 percent over a four year period.

Garbage & Recycling Services Contacts

More information about the above services can be found below.

Free Recycling

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The City of Mountain View offers free business recycling; low-cost small business household hazardous waste disposal; and competitive debris and recycling box rates for construction and demolition activities. A list of items accepted for recycling is the same for businesses as it is for residents, except items are placed in different containers. 

It is very important to recycle right and to educate employees and janitors.  Contaminated recycling will be charged to the business as garbage.  See What's Recyclable

Containers for outdoor and indoor use (mini-bins and slim jims) may be obtained from Recology Mountain View.  Contact Recology Mountain View at (650) 967-3034 to speak to their Waste Zero Specialist for technical assistance with business recycling, posters, and containers for indoor and outdoor use.  Please return any indoor containers to Recology if you move out of the City.  See more information below.

Downtown Business Recycling Enclosures are available to businesses in the Downtown.  Please contact
the City Solid Waste & Recycling program at (650) 903-6311 for a key to the enclosure.  Businesses leaving recycling on the ground in these enclosures will be charged for clean up services.  There is a $25 replacement key charge for lost or stolen keys.

State Mandatory Recycling Law

As of July 1, 2012, Assembly Bill 341 requires businesses, schools, and apartments to recycle. The City offers free business recycling and other related services through our exclusive hauler, Recology, to help ensure your compliance with the State's mandatory recycling law. When properly implemented, City programs and services help your business save money, conserve resources, and keep recyclables from entering the landfill. See below for more information and contact Recology for assistance with recycling and compliance. For more information, see the State's website.

Recycling & Food scraps Programs

Services are available to businesses, schools and apartments to help increase diversion under a collection services agreement between the City and Recology.

  • Garbage and Recycling Services and Changes - Recology (650) 967-3034
  • Free technical assistance and waste audits to help businesses, schools and apartments recycle better.
  • Food Scraps Composting carts and bins for businesses and schools, offered at a discount
  • Free indoor containers for desk-side mini-bins and common area recycling boxes (pictured upper right).
  • Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) collection vehicles to reduce greenhouse gas emissions starting in March 2014 (fleet completed by 2015).
  • Contact Recology at (650) 967-3034 and ask for their Waste Zero Specialist for technical assistance.

Clean-Up Programs

Recycling Clean Out Service is a free service for schools and businesses needing a large clean out once a year. Recology delivers extra recycling containers for a one-week period at no charge for regular mixed recyclables only, such as office paper, cardboard, and beverage and food containers. This service is not available for apartments.

Bin for a Day is for clean up projects that are too small for a debris box or may involve lots of loose items. For a fee, Recology delivers a 4-yard dumpster to your property. You load it up and they pick it up within 7 days after delivery. Call Recology at (650) 967-3034.

RecycleMyJunk is for clean up projects where you want Recology to do the heavy lifting and removal for you. Recology provides fee estimates for your consideration. This service is available to all businesses, schools, apartments, and homes beginning in January 2014. 

Contact Recology at (650) 967-3034 for more information about new services for businesses, schools and apartments. 

Small Business Hazardous Waste Disposal

Does your business have batteries, old paint, solvents, motor oil, MAPP gas cylinders, propane tanks, or other chemicals around the building? If your business generates less than 27 gallons or 220 pounds of hazardous waste per month, you may be able to use the Santa Clara County Small Business Hazardous Waste Disposal Program. The fees associated with this program are determined by the type and quantity of the materials to be collected. It's simple and inexpensive to use.

If you would like to find out if your business is eligible, call the County Small Business Hazardous Waste Disposal Program at (408) 299-7300, or visit their web site for more information.

Exclusive Hauler

Recology is the City’s exclusive franchised hauler for garbage and recycling, including debris and recycling boxes for construction activities.

If a roll-off box is used for debris or recycling, you must use Recology service because they are the City's exclusive franchised hauler and meet the insurance and performance bond required to carry out that service safely and efficiently.

In consideration for that privilege, Recology pays the City a franchise fee, which is returned to the utility rate base to help keep rates low.

No other hauler may be used, but there are a few exceptions.  State-licensed contractors, roofers and landscapers are allowed to self-haul wastes and recycling from job sites if:

  • The hauling is an incidental part of their overall services (usually roofers, landscapers and small contractors using their own vehicles registered in the contractor's name with the CA Department of Motor Vehicles.)
  • The hauling does not involve sub-contracting for roll-off box (also known as debris box, recycling box) services.
  • If a roll-off box is used, it must be hauled by that contractor using a vehicle registered in the contractor's name with the CA Department of Motor Vehicles and DOTThere is no exemption for roll-off boxes owned by the contractor but hauled by another company.

Contractors, roofers or landscapers needing to sub-contract hauling services must use Recology Mountain View, the only hauler approved by the City for garbage or recycling services.

All other haulers have been notified by the City about the exclusive franchise.  Building plans are stamped and a notice is provided to the owner/builder to help educate them and avoid citations.

Contact Recology Mountain View (650) 967-3034 to set up services.

Green Business Certification

logo for Green Business

Businesses apply to become a certified Green Business through our partnership with the County of Santa Clara's Green Business Program and ABAG (Association of Bay Area Governments). Businesses save money on utilities, gain a marketing advantage with consumers, and improve business operations with innovative resource conservation practices.

  • For garbage and recycling services, contact Recology at (650) 967-3034.
  • For Certification, contact the City at (650) 903-6311 or visit the Green Business Program.

Certified business are also listed in the Green Business Directory where savvy consumers go to find environmentally responsible businesses located here.  Consumers and businesses are encouraged to Shop Mountain View to keep your sales tax coming back to your community.

Waste Reduction/Recycling Awards