Yard Trimmings

Yard Trimmings Curbside Service

The residential curbside recycling program 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 homes generating large amounts of yard trimmings on a regular basis.

Extra Yard Trimmings Collection

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 recycling collection day. Use large kraft paper bags or plastic cans (no larger than 32-gallons or weighing more than 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. 

Weekly collection of yard trimmings carts is available during during a specified 10-week period each Fall to help residents handle fall leaves.  See Fall Leaf Collection below for details.

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 canes (leaves okay)
  • 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.
** 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).

Fall Leaf Collection

Put leaves in your yard trimmings cart or compost them in your backyard. Please do not pile them in the street unless you are in the special street sweeping area (650) 903-6329.  See street sweeping information at  www.mountainview.gov/streets.

Fall leaves will be collected weekly from containers during a specified 10-week period each Fall.  For 2016, the dates are October 10 through December 16.

Piles of fallen leaves 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.