Garbage and recycling is collected from apartments and other high-density complexes using shared garbage dumpsters (large metal bins) and group recycling carts (mixed paper cart and containers cart). Garbage and recycling are collected once a 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.
A food scraps collection pilot program for apartments is being developed in 2018.
While Mountain View has a very high recycling participation rate, additional work is needed to maintain the minimum 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
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.
1) Place household garbage in plastic bags and tie shut before putting in dumpster.
Do NOT put furniture, appliances, mattresses, pallets, toilets, sinks, water heaters, carpets or large construction materials in the garbage dumpsters as these dumpsters are for only bagged household garbage.
2) Furniture and bulky goods:
Do NOT put items out at the curb, corners or in the street. Please arrange for special collection (fee) through Recology. There is a fee for this service because it is not included in your trash rate. (Tract homes subscribed to curbside carts pay a higher trash rate to cover bulky good service.)
Contact your property manager for how to recycle or dispose of these items through Recology. Click on Free Mattress and Box Spring Recycling for All Residents in Apartments or Homes (Drop-Off at SMaRT Station only).
3) Motor Oil, Filters, Batteries, E-Waste, Household Hazardous Waste
Do NOT put motor oil, filters or vehicle batteries in the containers or in the trash enclosure. Contact your property manager for disposal options. For e-waste and household hazardous waste, make an appointment to drop off items offered by County of Santa Clara at (408) 299-7300 or www.hhw.org. Also visit www.mountainview.gov/hhw.
4) Household Batteries
For household batteries, ask your property manager to contact Recology to arrange household battery collection.
Note that Recology is the City's exclusive provider of recycling and disposal services. Contact Recology at (650) 967-3034 or ContactUsRMV@recology.com.
|For every garbage dumpster, a group of recycling carts is provided. Each group consists of two recycling carts:|
Sorry, collection of used motor oil and filters is not provided for apartments subscribed to trash dumpsters and group recycling carts.
Apartment managers many arrange for collection of household batteries only by contacting Recology at (650) 967-3034 or ContactUsRMV@recology.com.
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).
If you are interested in becoming a Recycling Leader to help your neighbors learn recycling, please call the City's Recycling & Zero Waste 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.