Apartments (9 or more Units)


Garbage Dumpsters & Recycling Group Carts

Apartments have Group Service with community dumpsters and carts. Garbage and recycling is collected from apartments and other high-density complexes using garbage dumpsters (large metal bins) and group recycling carts (newspaper cart, mixed paper cart, and bottles/cans cart). Garbage is collected once a week, and recycling is collected every other week. Recycling service is provided at no additional charge. The utility rate for garbage service is based on the number of garbage containers and frequency of service.

Recology also provides a "buddy bag" to help apartment residents carry recyclables from kitchen to the group (community) carts. The buddy bag is split into two compartments to keep paper separated from household containers, making it easy to put recyclables into the appropriate recycling cart. Keeping items separated ensures best market quality and price for recyclables.

State Mandatory Recycling Law

While Mountain View has a very high recycling participation rate, additional work is needed to achieve the new State-mandated diversion goal of 75% by 2020. In the past, statewide diversion efforts have largely focused on residential recycling, but almost 75% of California's solid waste generation is from commercial sources. Multi-family residential complexes, including apartments and condominiums, are considered part of the commercial sector.

Effective July 1, 2012, businesses, schools, and multi-family residential complexes are required to recycle under the State's Mandatory Recycling Law (AB 341). The law affects businesses, schools, and multi-family residential complexes with 5 or more units such as apartments and condominiums. 

Mandatory Service is required for 

  • Commercial business that generates 4 cubic yards or more of solid waste per week
  • Multi-family complex with 5 or more units like apartments or condominiums

To find out if your complex meets the requirements of the law, or to subscribe to the free recycling service, contact Recology Mountain View at (650) 967-3034.

What's Recyclable

Garbage Dumpsters

Place household garbage in durable plastic bags and tie shut before putting in dumpster. Please do not put furniture, appliances, mattresses, toilets, sinks, water heaters, carpets or large construction materials in the garbage dumpsters as these dumpsters are for only bagged household garbage.

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Recycling Group Carts

For every garbage dumpster, a group of recycling carts is provided. Each group consists of three recycling carts:
  •  Newspaper Cart: Newspapers and inserts (no rubber bands or plastic bags).
  • Mixed Paper Cart: Junk mail, telephone books, writing paper, catalogs, magazines, cereal boxes and small pieces of cardboard.
  • Bottles/Cans Cart: Glass bottles and jars, plastic bottles and tubs marked #1 through #7, and metal cans (tin, steel and aluminum). Also beverage and soup cartons such as milk, juice, soy and grain milk, soup and broth, wine, cream, and egg substitutes (lids ok).
  • Large Cardboard: Cut large cardboard into pieces about 3'x3' and lean against the mixed paper cart.  If you have more than one or two cardboard boxes, they must be flattened and bundled (tied or taped) together for easier handling.

Sorry, collection of used motor oil, oil filters, and household batteries is not provided at this time for apartments.

How to Start Recycling

Setting up a recycling program needs to be coordinated by the apartment manager or homeowner's association. If you live in a complex not currently recycling, tell your manager there is no charge for recycling collection in Mountain View and to contact Recology Mountain View at 650-967-3034 for services. Recology will provide your complex with the appropriate containers and a list of what is recyclable. Complexes with shared garbage services and consisting of 5 or more dwelling units are subject to the State's mandatory recycling law. (See above).

Recycling Leaders

If you are interested in becoming a Recycling Leader to help your neighbors learn recycling, please call the City's Solid Waste & Recycling Program at 650-903-6311. You may also print out the list of What's Recyclable and distribute to other tenants in coordination with your apartment manager or homeowner's association.