SMaRT Station

Split-cart recycling from homes is kept separated at the recycling plant, with bottles and cans one one side and papers on the other side of the conveyor to the second-story sorting platform at the SMaRT Station. The SMaRT Station is the materials recovery and refuse transfer facility shared by the Cities of Mountain View, Palo Alto and Sunnyvale. It is located at 301 Carl Road, Sunnyvale and is open Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. except for some holidays. In addition to providing buy-back and drop-off services like the Mountain View Recycling Center, the SMaRT Station processes Mountain View's residential and commercial garbage, yard trimmings and recyclables. The Station also accepts garbage, appliances, yard waste, furniture, and construction debris from our community for a fee. However, there is no charge if residents submit a Voucher as the result of exchanging a free On Call Plus Clean Up appointment for a Voucher.

Contact Information

SMaRT Station
301 Carl Road
Sunnyvale, CA 94089-1012
(408) 752-8530

Open Daily 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Days.

 

When planning a visit, consider avoiding Sunnyvale's extra dump days for their residents, which occur in the first two weeks of April and October each year. If you need to access the Station at that time, you can bypass the long lines for their residents, which can back up on Caribbean Drive. To bypass Sunnyvale lines, enter the station at 301 Carl Road (intersection Caribbean and Borregas streets) and stay in the left of the two lanes on Carl Road. Sunnyvale residents will be in the right lane closest to the curb.  (Note:  Mountain View has no need to schedule extra dump days for our residents.  Residents with individual cart service may visit the SMaRT Station anytime during the year with a Voucher.  See Self-Haul Dumping below.)

Self-Haul Dumping

Residents and businesses of Mountain View, Palo Alto and Sunnyvale may dispose of trash, recycling, vegetation, construction and demolition debris, concrete, dirt and other materials at the SMaRT Station. SMaRT Station disposal rates are based on types of materials disposed per cubic yard. All materials are processed for recycling before being transferred to a landfill for disposal.

New for 2016:  Mattresses are recycled and accepted at no charge (box springs not included).

If you are a Mountain View resident living in a house, condo, townhouse or trailer park, you may exchange one of the three On Call Plus Clean Up Appointments for a Voucher to self-haul items to the Station. Allow a week for mailing the voucher. Click on Clean Up Programs & Dump Vouchers for more information.

Remember to cover your load. All incoming loads at the SMaRT Station must be covered or be charged $15. A free tarp will be given to all uncovered loads that pay the fee.

Used Cooking Oil

Residents may drop off used cooking oil (from residential use) at the SMaRT Station at no charge.  Cooking oil must be in a plastic container with a secure lid.  Containers must be no greater than five-gallon capacity with a limit of 10 gallons per resident.  The attendant pours the cooking oil into a 55-gallon drum for recycling by Salinas Tallow and recycles the container.  This program benefits the community by providing a convenient disposal option.  The used cooking oil is processed and made into new products ranging from candles and soap to biodiesel fuel stock.  For more information, location and hours, visit the SMaRT Station link on the left side of this page. The cooking oil service is also available at the Mountain View Recycling Center, 935 Terra Bella Avenue, Mountain View, and in the Mountain View residential curbside program.

Paper Shredding

Shred your personal documents and guard against identity theft. Documents are shredded onsite at the SMaRT Station at (408) 752-8530. Proof of residency in Mountain View, Palo Alto, or Sunnyvale is required. Limit 5 bags/boxes of paper only (no mixed media) per household.  For more information, visit the Environmental Events page for the three events per year.

Recycling Center

cans in bales for recycling

A Buy-Back Center exists for residents and businesses to redeem bottles and cans labeled with California Redemption Value (CRV) for cash.

Visit the SMaRT Station website for a full list of what is accepted.

Compost is available to residents of Los Altos, Sunnyvale, Mountain View and Palo Alto. Residents need to bring their own shovel and containers, limit of the equivalent of three 32-gallon cans per week.

Limited Drop-Off of E-Waste & Universal Waste

The SMaRT Station accepts limited types of e-waste and universal wastes (see bullet list below) at the Recycling Center Drop Off area. However, If you have Household Hazardous Wastes such as paint, pesticides, solvents, brake fluid, balloon tanks, propane tanks, etc., please contact the County of Santa Clara Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) program for an appointment by calling (408) 299-7300.

Computers and other data devices are sent to an end market where the data is destroyed before recovering the raw materials.  Cell phones are accepted, but you should remove the data card before depositing in the bin at the Drop off center.

  • Electronics: computers, TVs, monitors (limit four), microwaves, cell phones, VCR/DVD players 
  • Fluorescent bulbs and tubes (20 tube limit)
  • Household and auto batteries
  • Used motor oil and oil filters, cooking oil, antifreeze
  • Sharps (needles and lancets)
  • Mercury items: thermostats, thermometers

SMaRT Station Tours & Video Tours

SMaRT Station group tours are offered, by appointment, for visitors seeking to learn how garbage and recyclable materials from Mountain View, Palo Alto and Sunnyvale are processed and sorted for recycling. Visitors in groups of 24 or less, aged 10 and older, must wear closed-toed shoes for protection.

Watch the virtual tour to learn how the SMaRT Station processes materials.

The Santa Clara County Audubon Society conducts free birding tours on the closed landfill in Sunnyvale on the first Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m.

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