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PO Box 3707
Sunnyvale, CA 94088-3707

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Food Scraps

Food Scraps Collection is Coming to Your Neighborhood in 2017!

In September of 2016, Sunnyvale City Council approved a citywide expansion of a pilot food scraps program that 500 households participated in between March and December of 2015. The pilot provided split carts to each household and residents were asked to place food scraps on one side of the cart and garbage on the other for weekly collection by a split-body truck. The program enjoyed a 74 percent success rate and positive resident feedback. The new program will launch in late 2017.

Program Details

Prior to implementation of the program residents will receive a postcard that provides a choice of three split cart sizes:

  • 65 gallon with insert (27 gallons for garbage)
  • 65 gallon (43 gallons for garbage)
  • 95 gallon (64 gallons for garbage)

Residents will also receive a countertop pail to collect food scraps, compostable bags, and information on what can be placed in the food side of the cart.
Items that are acceptable include:

  • Fruits and vegetables trimmings including peels, pits and cores 
  • Dairy products
  • Eggs and shells
  • Meat, bones, shellfish and shells 
  • Tea bags, coffee filters, coffee grounds
  • Uneaten food scraps and leftovers
  • Spoiled food

Unacceptable items include: paper products, e.g., paper plates, cups, compostable paperware, to-go containers, pizza boxes, paper towels.

Questions or concerns? Call 408-730-7262 for more information.


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City of Sunnyvale

  • Sunnyvale City Hall

  • 456 W. Olive Ave.
  • Sunnyvale, CA 94086
  • TDD (408) 730-7501
  • Map and Directions

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