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Notice of City council meeting - Mandatory organic waste disposal reduction ordinance 

On Tuesday, November 9, 2021, the City Council will hold a public hearing to consider an ordinance to comply with the Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction Act of 2016, Senate Bill 1383 (SB 1383).  SB 1383 establishes statewide 2025 targets to achieve a 75% reduction in landfilling of organic waste from 2014 levels and divert at least 20% of currently disposed edible food to food recovery organizations. It specifies various measures the City, and its residents and businesses, must implement to comply with the regulation’s goal of reducing the disposal of organic waste. 

The staff report will be posted at https://mountainview.legistar.com on Friday, November 5. 

New curbside recycling carts to comply with senate bill 1383 

Please review our FAQ document on the new split recycling carts project.

Due to State requirements, new recycling carts are being distributed August through December. California Senate Bill 1383 focuses on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from landfills such as methane and other sources to address climate change. The legislation requires cities to develop comprehensive organics and recycling programs to increase material diversion from landfill, conduct public education, procure recycled-content products and more.

As part of S.B. 1383’s public education mandates, the City is required to update collection container lid colors and labels to match the statewide standardization of blue for recycling and green for organics. The City’s new 10-year agreement with Recology, effective July 1, includes provisions to comply with S.B. 1383 and service enhancements to further the City’s Zero Waste goal. Households with curbside recycling cart service will receive new containers this year with the updated lid colors and signage of dark blue for paper/cardboard and light blue for containers recycling. Most carts are at or beyond their useful life. Mountain View has not done a citywide cart exchange in over 15 years. Cart life expectancy is based on the manufacturer’s warranty of 10 years. Therefore, most carts have reached or exceeded their useful life.

Recology will recycle or reuse the old split carts that are removed as they are 100% recyclable. The yard trimmings/organics cart exchange is anticipated to begin in 2023.

NEW service july 1, 2021 - Curbside Clothing and textile collection program 

Place clothing and textiles in a secured, clear plastic bag marked for donation and put on the ground next to your compost/yard trimmings cart on your regular weekly collection day. It does not have to be on your recycling service day; the route picking up the material is the compost/yard trimmings truck. Holes, permanent stains and other imperfections are okay, but the clothing and textiles do need to be clean (as in washed) prior to placing in the clear plastic bag. Accepted clothing: socks, shirts, shorts, pants, dresses, skirts, tank tops, jackets, sweaters, pajamas and robes. Accepted textiles: laundered sheets, pillow cases, bed covers, towels and curtains. Shoes of all kinds (even single shoes) are also accepted if placed in a clear bag separate from clothing and textiles. Not accepted: pillows, underwear and bras, wet or unlaundered material and linens infested with bed bugs.  

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 a.m.- 4 p.m. 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.

cash for bottles and cans


Starting January 7, 2020 the new Buy Back hours for the Mountain View Recycling Center are:
Tuesday through Friday 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Closed Sunday and Monday.

zero waste plan approved

City Council approved the Zero Waste Plan at their October 29, 2019 meeting. The Plan describes actions the City can take to meet a 90% diversion from landfill goal by 2030. Development of the Plan involved input and valuable feedback obtained from stakeholder interviews, a public workshop, and a City Council study session. It will serve as a guide for the preparation of new collection, processing, and landfill service agreements to replace the City’s current agreements, which expire in 2021. 

single-use propane cylinder drop-off program at smart station

A pilot program for the collection of one pound single-use propane cylinders is now in place at the SMaRT Station. Residents of Mountain View, Palo Alto, and Sunnyvale can drop-off up to three one pound gas cylinders (no BBQ sized tanks or MAPP gas) per visit. Drop-off hours are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday – Friday (no weekend drop off).

Refuel Your Fun!  Small Refillable Propane Cylinders

Did you know that propane cylinders are household hazardous waste, and prohibited in trash or recycling because of the potential for fire and explosion? Don't waste money and time on a hard-to-dispose of propane cylinder.  Next time, buy or refill a refillable cylinder at one of the stores below. 

U-Haul Mountain View
62 W. El Camino Real, Mountain View

George’s Fuel & Auto Repair 
996 East Evelyn Avenue, Sunnyvale 

Hassett Hardware Palo Alto
(sells refillables but does not refill on site)
875 Alma Street, Palo Alto

List updated 6/14/2019. For more information or locations in other cities, visit www.refuelyourfun.org.

FREE Mattress recycling

Any Mountain View resident (in homes or apartments) may recycle their old mattress and box springs at the SMaRT Station at no charge.  Bring a driver's license or identification card when you visit the SMaRT Station.  Businesses may dispose of mattresses at the SMaRT Station for a fee per item. Goodwill Silicon Valley also accepts mattresses and box springs at no charge. Visit www.GoodwillSV.org for details. 

Residents eligible for the free On Call Plus Clean Up Program may arrange for curbside collection of mattresses, box springs and other bulky goods by contacting Recology 650-967-3034 to schedule an appointment. Apartments consisting of 9 or more units are not eligible, but the property manager may arrange for on-site collection for a fee.


Never forget your recycling week again!  Now you can download collection days in your calendar application or sign up for collection reminders.

Use the Collection Schedules & Reminders widget to enter your exact address (e.g. 500 California St.) and find your service day, holidays, add collection days to Google Calendar, iCal, Microsoft Outlook or another calendar application, or sign up for collection reminders (in English or Spanish).

Missed Collection or Questions? Call Recology at 650-967-3034 (Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).  


Tuesday through Friday 12 pm to 4 pm
Saturday 9 am to 4 pm

Tuesday through Friday 12 pm to 4 pm
Saturday 9 am to 4 pm