Environmental Events

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

Arbor Day

The 2020 Arbor Day Event has been cancelled. 

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. 

Citywide Garage Sale at Homes

The 2020 Citywide Garage sale has been canceled.

The annual Citywide Garage Sale is typically 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.  

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

The 2020 Earth Day Event has been cancelled

Earth Day is observed on April 22nd annually, and the City hosts an Earth Day event near that date to celebrate! The event will change year to year, but will typically feature local organizations and community partners, kid’s activities, presentations by City staff, food, and more. This event is a great way to learn how to make every day Earth Day!

Home Composting Workshops

All Home Composting events are canceled until further notice.

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

The Mountain View HHW event on August 15 has been cancelled. Limited HHW appointments are available in San Jose. Visit www.HHW.org or contact the County at (408) 299-7300 for more information.

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. 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 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

2020 Events: SATURDAYS MARCH 14, July 11, and november 7  (all events 8 am-Noon)

The March 14 and July 11 Paper Shredding Events have been cancelled.

 For immediate document shredding needs, these local businesses offer shredding services:

-- Office Depot, 910 El Monte Ave, Mountain View ($0.99 per pound)

-- UPS Store, 650 Castro Street, Mountain View ($0.99 per pound)

-- FedEx Office Print & Ship Center, 1935 W El Camino Real, Mountain View ($1.49 per pound)

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.

  • DOCUMENT SHREDDING GUIDELINES LINK (MUST READ)  
  • 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.

OTHER SHREDDING SERVICES & Events

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.

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.

For event dates, contact Repair Cafe: RepairCafeMV.org or RepairCafeMV@gmail.com

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