Mountain View offers a variety of trash and recycling services to best fit the needs of the community. Recology provides residential customers with individual curbside carts or group dumpsters and recycling carts depending on housing type and unit size. See Container and Service Options below.
To start or update trash service, contact Recology at (650) 967-3034. For account billing, call City Utility Billing at (650) 903-6317. See Service Contact & Hours below.
For visitors and new residents, please follow the directions on the container labels to ensure you are recycling right and not contaminating containers that may result in non-collection and extra costs. See What's Recyclable for more information, or contact Recology at (650) 967-3034.
Garbage and compost is picked up on a weekly basis, but recycling is collected bi-weekly. Please check the Collection Schedule for your neighborhood.
Collection occurs on weekdays, except for holidays. Collection occurs on all major holidays, but skips one day for the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. For example, during Thanksgiving week, Thursday collection moves to Friday, and Friday collection moves to Saturday. See Holiday Collection for more information.
If your containers were not collected, visit the Non-Collections page for information about the most common problems and then contact Recology.
Whether you are moving in or moving out, Recology offers a variety of free and fee-based services to handle extra recycling, extra cardboard, or clean up for you. If you need to take items to the dump, a Voucher to the SMaRT Station may be available. See Clean Up Programs. Please note that these moving services are intended to be used no more than annually.
When leaving a residence, please notify Recology at (650) 967-3034 and City Utility Billing at (650) 903-6317. If you are relocating to another address within City limits, please follow the above instructions for initiating service at your new location.
Recology provides backyard collection services to assist disabled or elderly residents at no additional charge. Contact Recology at (650) 967-3034 for more information.
The City and Recology are unable to provide low-income rates at this time, but they do offer a payment option plan. If you are having difficulty paying the utility bill, please contact Finance and Administrative Services Department for payment options.
650 Martin Avenue
Santa Clara, CA 95050
Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
City Utility Billing
500 Castro Street
Mountain View, CA 94041
Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Holidays: Offices observe all legal holidays
Mailing Address for Utilities Payment
PO Box 7540
Mountain View, CA 94039
Recology provides different container and service options depending on customer need. To order containers and carts, contact Recology at (650) 967-3034. All containers are delivered within 7 business days from your request to Recology.
Residential properties of 1-4 units use individual cart service, consisting of carts for garbage, recycling and yard trimmings. Carts are collected by drivers operating fully-automated side-loading trucks. The recycling cart has an internal divider to separate household containers from newspapers, mixed paper and small flattened cardboard. The recycling truck also has an internal divider to maintain this separation of materials. Garbage and compost is collected weekly and recycling is collected every other week on the same day as garbage. Set out carts in the gutter or, if cars are parked on the street, place the carts on the curb. Keep carts 18 inches apart, away from parked cars, overhanging tree limbs, and basketball hoops.
Individual Service Cart Sizes
- Split-cart recycling: 64 or 96 gallon sizes
- Compost cart: 64 or 96 gallon sizes (24 gallon is available for rowhouses and townhomes)
- Garbage cart: 20, 32, 64 or 96 gallon sizes
20-gallon is for 1-2 adults
32-gallon is for 2 person households
64- and 96-gallon is for 3-4 or more person households
- Cart sizes, visit www.mountainview.gov/cartsizes for more information.
Multi-Family unit customers can choose between the Residential (individual service) or Apartment (group service) containers that best suit service needs.
Apartments are on group service with common garbage dumpsters and group recycling carts. Recycling is collected manually once a week and garbage is collected by drivers operating fully-automated front loading trucks. Garbage service is available six days a week.