Environmental Events

The City sponsors the following environmental events (specific dates may also be on the City's Calendar).

Arbor Day

Arbor Day is held on the second Saturday in March and offers many public awareness and educational opportunities in advance of Earth Day. The City's Community Services Department hosts the Arbor Day event annually. 

America Recycles Day

America Recycles Day is held on November 15th annually with many events taking place on the weekend near that date. Visit America Recycles Day to find an event near you. Sign a pledge card to Learn & Act:

  • Learn what materials are collected for recycling in Mountain View at home, apartments, schools and businesses, and where to get cash for bottles and cans.
  • Pledge to Act now to reduce your personal waste through waste reduction, recycling and composting activities starting in November and throughout the year.

More information on pledging coming soon.

Citywide Garage Sale at Homes

The annual Citywide Garage Sale is usually held on the first weekend in May at homes throughout Mountain View.  Registration begins in March and ends near the end of April each year.  This free event is sponsored by the City's Recycling and Zero Waste Section of Public Works.  Visit www.mountainview.gov/garagesale or call 650-903-6311 for more information.  Sorry, there is no event in 2019 due to Zero Waste Planning and New Agreement development projects. 

Community Yard Sale at Rengstorff Park

Sorry, there is no event in 2018 or 2019 due to construction and remodeling at the Community Center.  Contact Recreation at (650) 903-6331 for more information.

Creek & Coastal Clean Up Events

National River Clean Up is held annually on the third Saturday in May.
California Coastal Clean Up Day is held annually on the third Saturday in September.

These are regional programs and Mountain View's participation is coordinated by the City's Fire Department, Environmental Protection, Water Pollution Prevention Program. More information may also be found at www.cleanacreek.org.

Earth Day

Earth Day is observed on April 22nd annually, but Earth Day is Every Day!  The City celebrates this event in conjunction with Arbor Day and the Greenlight Film Festival.  We also encourage you to take advantage of a variety of volunteer activities advertised in newspapers, radio, televisions and the internet in the Spring. These activities are designed to conserve resources, protect the environment, and bring awareness to environmental issues. For more information on activities in our area, visit California's Earth Day or http://earthday.org.

Home Composting Workshops

Find out how to build healthy soil through back-yard composting at a FREE, hands-on workshop for residents. Registration is required. For more information and a schedule, visit www.reducewaste.org or call 408-918-4640. See more information at www.mountainview.gov/composting.  Dates may also be listed on the City's Calendar.

Household Hazardous Waste Drop Off

This FREE event helps residents to properly dispose of paint, oil, cleaning products, batteries, solvents and other household chemical products; and is held on Saturdays throughout the year at a variety of locations. The next Household Hazardous Waste Drop Off Event in Mountain View will be Saturday, August 10 (appointment only). For more information or to make an appointment, contact the Santa Clara County Household Hazardous Waste Program at www.HHW.org or (408) 299-7300.  More information can also be found on the City's website (under Explore to the left of the screen) or at www.mountainview.gov/hhw.  

Medication Disposal Day 

Prescription Drugs Take-Back Events

These events are operated by the City of Mountain View Fire Department but might also be part of a Police Department Community Engagement Event (650-903-6224). There is a drop-off box for prescription drugs in the lobby of the Police/Fire Administration Building.  There are also events and drop-off locations available at no cost throughout the year through a countywide program.  For information about these and other locations, visit our Medicines & Sharps Disposal web page.

Paper Shredding

2019 Events:  Saturdays, March 16, July 13, and november 2  (all events 8 am-Noon)

Free Paper Shredding Events are held on three Saturdays during the year at our SMaRT Station in Sunnyvale from 8 a.m. to Noon.  The events are usually held in March, July and November (see dates above).  If you cannot make the event see below for other shredding services or home shredding tips

These events help residents protect their identity and recycle confidential or sensitive paper documents, tax returns, bank statements, or health records. The event is located at the SMaRT Station, 301 Carl Road (cross-streets are Caribbean Dr & Borregas Av) in Sunnyvale.

  • The event is only for Mountain View, Sunnyvale and Palo Alto residents.
  • Proof of Residency Required (driver's license or identification card or utility bill with your Mountain View address).
  • Events is from 8 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Please no early birds or late arrivals. 
  • The event stops at 12:00 p.m. sharp.  Cars will be turned away (including cars waiting on Caribbean Drive). 
  • If you miss the event, contact your local office supply store which may offer shredding services for a small fee.

Contact City of Sunnyvale for more information at (408) 730-7262 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


The Mountain View Police Department offers one or two shred days per year as part of their Community Engagement Program since 2017. For information about their events visit facebook.com/mountainviewpolicedepartment

If you miss these events and do not have a personal shredding machine at home, there are a few options:

  • Many office supply, printer and copy service stores are now providing document shredding services for a fee.  
  • There are also companies which will come to your home and provide shredding services for a fee.  Typically, the home service companies charge a minimum of $80-$90 to provide curbside service at your home plus a $5 or $10 fee per box.  If you choose the home service, consider asking neighbors to join you and share the cost.

Home Shredding Tips

If you use a personal shredder at home, put shredded papers in paper bags, stapled shut, to prevent shreds from littering the neighborhood when your cart is collected. Put the bag under the mixed paper lid (grey). If you live in an apartment, put the bag in the Mixed Paper cart.

Note:  papers placed in the recycling cart are not shredded at the SMaRT Station. Papers are shipped to recycling processors where they are then shredded, pulped, dried, pressed and rolled into new feedstock to make recycled paper.

repair cafe

Do you have things that you like, but no longer work? Don’t toss them, repair them! Volunteers will help you assess and fix your things instead of throwing them away. Repair Café Mountain View is a volunteer-run, community service dedicated to encouraging the repair and reuse of goods, rather than sending them to landfill. At any of the free, periodic Repair Café events, volunteers will guide you to tackle the repair yourself or fix it while you watch and learn. Chances are you will leave with a once-again useful item and some knowledge of how to repair this item and others.

2019 Repair Cafe Events

  • Saturday, March 23rd, 11 am - 3 pm @ Mountain View Senior Center - 266 Escuela Ave, Mountain View
  • Sunday, April 28th, 11 am - 3 pm @ Museum of American Heritage - 351 Homer Avenue, Palo Alto
  • Saturday, May 11th, 11 am - 3 pm @ Sunnyvale Public Library - 665 W Olive Ave, Sunnyvale
  • Sunday, July 28th, 11 am - 3 pm @ Museum of American Heritage - 351 Homer Avenue, Palo Alto
  • Saturday, August 24th, 11 am - 3 pm @ Mountain View Senior Center - 266 Escuela Ave, Mountain View
  • Sunday, October 13th, 11 am - 3 pm @ Museum of American Heritage - 351 Homer Avenue, Palo Alto
  • Sunday, November 3rd, Noon - 4 pm @ Santa Clara Central Park Library - 2635 Homestead Road Santa Clara
  • Sunday, December 8th, Noon - 4 pm @ Sunnyvale Public Library - 665 W Olive Ave, Sunnyvale

For further information, contact Repair Cafe below.

Flyer (pdf) 

To volunteer contact: RepairCafeMV@gmail.com