Holiday Collection & Trees

Holiday Schedule

Collection occurs on all holidays except Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. If your collection day falls on or after the holiday, collection will occur one day later that week. For example, for the Thanksgiving holiday, Thursday collection would be made on Friday, and Friday collection on Saturday. Use the Collection Calendar Widget to see the schedule for your home and set reminders.  Also visit the Publications page to see flyers about holiday schedules. 

On Call Plus Clean Up appointments and cart (toter) exchanges will be suspended during the holiday tree recycling period (below). Typically, no On Call Plus appointments occur between December 26th and the third Friday (full week) in January because of holiday tree collection, but see the paragraph below about tree recycling for specific dates.

As an alternative, to an On Call Plus clean up appointment, residents may call Recology and request a Voucher to the SMaRT Station to dispose of household items during this time. On Call Plus appointments expire on December 31st each year and are not transferrable to the next year; however, a Voucher issued in December may be used in the following January. Visit Clean Up Programs and Dump Voucher for more information.

Holiday Tree Recycling

Holiday trees will be collected at no charge on your recycling day after December 25th until the third Friday (full week) in January, e.g. January 20, 2016.  If your tree is not collected and is set out properly, please contact Recology Mountain View at (650) 967-3034.    

Place undecorated, green or flocked trees at the curb on your recycling day (no metal stands--wood stands okay). Cut large trees into 5-foot sections (to fit into special rear-loading truck).

After the third Friday (full week) in January, residents may recycle trees either in yard trimmings cart (cut up), or attach an extra garbage sticker, or use a free On Call Plus appointment.

Apartment managers and businesses may arrange for on-site tree collection services by calling Recology Mountain View at (650) 967-3034. 

Extra Holiday Recycling for Homes (split-carts)

Extra recycling will be collected on your recycling day at no charge.  (This service is available year-round under a new contract with Recology starting in 2014.) 

If you have more recycling than will fit in your home's "split" recycling cart, use paper grocery bags or boxes for extra recycling. Do not use plastic garbage bags.  Place mixed paper, newspaper and small pieces of cardboard together in one paper bag next to cart. Place bottles and cans in another paper bag next to cart. In the event of rain, please double-bag recycling.

Flatten and lean larger cardboard pieces (no larger than 3’ x 3’) against the recycling cart. Be sure to bundle large amounts of cardboard with string for faster collection.

Extra Holiday Garbage

Sometimes the holidays bring more waste than can be recycled or composted. If you occasionally have extra garbage that will not fit in your garbage cart, purchase an extra garbage sticker. Attach extra garbage stickers to plastic garbage bags and place next to cart so the sticker is visible to the driver. Please do not put bags in old garbage cans.

Stickers may be purchased from any local Nob Hill or Safeway stores, the City Library, City Hall Finance Department or at the Mountain View Recycling Center, 935 Terra Bella Avenue, Mountain View. One sticker is needed per 32-gallon plastic bag to be collected.

Recycle Old Holiday Lights

Recycle broken or burned-out holiday lights by using one of take-back services:

  • SMaRT Station, 301 Carl Road, Sunnyvale, (408-752-8530). Strands of lights that have seen their last holiday, whether broken or working, can be dropped off for recycling at the SMaRT Station Recycling Center, located at 301 Carl Road, Sunnyvale, open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, except Christmas and New Year's Days. Located in the Buy-Back & Drop Off Center, put lights in the large U-waste (universal waste) collection container labeled "Holiday Light Recycling" and "Residents Only." There are no restrictions on the numbers of strands allowed for drop off by residents at this time.
  • Orchard Supply, 2555 Charleston Road, Mountain View, (650-691-2000).  Recycle old tree lights, fluorescent bulbs and tubes, and household batteries.
  • Christmas Light Source Recycling Program, 4313 Elmwood Drive, Benbrook, TX 76116. The bulbs will be recycled (not incinerated), and proceeds will be used to purchase books for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation in their area. You’ll also get a coupon to save 10 percent on a future order of replacement bulbs.
  • Batteries & Lamps Recycling (curbside or drop off)

Contact Recology

Call Recology Mountain View at (650) 967-3034 for more information.  Hours:  Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. except for collection holidays listed above and other legal holidays.