Yard Trimmings

Yard Trimmings Curbside Service

The residential curbside recycling program includes compost collection of food scraps and yard trimmings and is collected weekly. Please contact Recology Mountain View at (650) 967-3034 to order a 64- or 96-gallon compost cart. A 24-gallon compost cart is available for rowhouses and townhomes. The cart and service are provided at no direct charge and are paid for through the bundled trash rates.  One cart per home is provided, but an extra cart is available at no charge for large properties needing more service than weekly collection can provide.  Since compost collection became weekly in 2017, most homes will find one cart is more than enough.  Food scraps should be placed only in the cart.  If extra yard trimmings collection is needed, set out in extra containers as shown below.  

Extra Yard Trimmings Collection

Food scraps must be placed in the cart, but 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. 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 compost cart. If you regularly have more yard trimmings that cannot be handled on a weekly schedule, please order the larger yard trimmings cart above.

Compost carts are collected on the same schedule as trash, weekly since July 2017.  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. 

Now that compost carts (formerly yard trimmings) are collected weekly, there is no need for the Fall Leaf Collection Program

donate your extra produce

Do you have trees or a garden that produce more fruit or vegetables than you need? Consider donating that extra produce to food insecure members of our community! The Community Services Agency (CSA) will accept fresh produce donations from individuals’ homes and gardens. You can help community members in need and keep your nutritious fruits and vegetables from going to waste. Produce should be boxed to prevent damage to the fruit and vegetables. You can take donations to the CSA office at 204 Stierlin Road, Mountain View during their regular hours 9:00am to 4:00pm Monday through Friday. Please contact CSA if you have a large amount to donate (over 50 pounds) so that they can ensure they have the capacity to accept your donation. Thank you for helping those in need and reducing food waste.

Acceptable Yard Trimmings (Inside Cart)

  • Grass
  • Leaves
  • Twigs
  • Pruned clippings
  • Branches less than 6 inches in diameter and 4 feet in length
  • Food Scraps for homes subscribed to curbside service (individual trash, recycling and compost carts).  Food scraps includes food, vegetables, fruits, meat, and food-soiled paper.  Visit the Food Scraps Page for more information.
  • Residents in apartments with trash dumpster service that are not participating in the Multi-Family Food Scraps Pilot may NOT add food scraps, vegetables, fruits, etc. to the yard trimmings cart because the rates they pay for group services do not include food scraps processing.

Unacceptable Yard Trimmings (Dispose as trash)

  • Bamboo canes (leaves okay)
  • Cactus
  • Dirt, soil, concrete
  • Food scraps at multi-family or apartment complexes subscribed to trash dumpster service (even if a yard cart is available for the gardener).  A pilot is planned for 2018 to determine how food scraps service could be provided and the cost.
  • Garden hoses
  • Ice plant
  • Palm fronds
  • Plastic plant pots*
  • Plastic tarps
  • Plastic plant identifiers stakes or tags
  • Poison oak/ivy
  • Wood landscape materials (bender boards, mow strips, arbors, trellises, pickets, fences, railroad ties, and wood used for retaining walls).
  • Wood scrap lumber or dimensional lumber
  • Yucca

* Plastic plant pots are not compostable or recyclable even if marked with a recycling symbol. Only plastic bottles or food/beverage tubs and lids are accepted for recycling if marked with a recycling symbol #1 through #7.

Fall Leaves

Fall leaves can be significant in certain areas of Mountain View, but there is no need for special fall leaf collection because compost carts are now collected weekly and residents may set out extra yard trimmings as described above.  

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.