Serving the cities of Mountain View, Palo Alto and Sunnyvale, the Sunnyvale Materials Recovery and Transfer Station (SMaRT Station) is operated by Bay Counties Waste Services. It is located on the site of the closed landfill at 301 Carl Road
and is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving, December 25 and January 1.
Recyclable materials accepted (no charge) from Residents AND Businesses:
Recyclable materials accepted (at no charge) from Residents ONLY:
- Aluminum, tin, steel and bi-metal cans
- Used clothing and shoes (USAgain boxes)
- Glass bottles and containers (no auto/window glass, ceramics or mirrors)
- Paper and corrugated cardboard
- Plastic containers stamped #1 - #7
- Scrap metal
- Cooking oil*
- Electronics: computers, TVs and monitors (limit four), small appliances, carbon monoxide alarms
- Strings of holiday lights
- Fluorescent bulbs and tubes (20 bulb/tube limit)
- Household and auto batteries
- Mercury-containing thermostats, thermometers
- Sharps, needles or lancets, (in biohazard, or hard plastic container with screw-top lid marked "sharps")
- Used motor oil*, oil filters and antifreeze*
*Limit is 10 gallons in 5-gallon capacity containers or smaller with screw-top lids.
Note: The SMaRT Station no longer accepts plastic bags for recycling due to the inability to find a viable market for the material. Please take plastic bags to local grocery stores
Cash is paid on California Redemption Value (CRV) bottles and cans to residents and businesses. Call (408) 752-8530 for more information.
Residents and businesses with a valid license from Mountain View, Palo Alto and Sunnyvale:
- Dispose of trash, demolition debris, concrete, dirt and other non-hazardous materials.
- Disposal rates are determined by type of material disposed, per cubic yard or per large item,
- Cover and secure loads: A fee of $15 will be charged for uncovered loads and a tarp will be issued.
COMPOST AND MULCH
Compost and wood mulch (1/2"-3/4") are offered at no charge to residents of Los Altos, Sunnyvale, Mountain View and Palo Alto. Call (408) 752-8530, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., to check on availability.
- Limit 96 gallons per week, bring your own shovel and containers.
- The compost is made from local yard waste and is certified organic.
- If there is no compost available or you need more than the allowed quantity, there are places to buy compost as well.
SMART STATION TOURS/ VIDEO TOUR
Tours are available to see how the City's waste is processed:
The Santa Clara County Audubon Society conducts Sunnyvale Landfill and Birding Tours on the closed landfill every first Wednesday of the month.
- Group tours are offered by appointment at (408) 752-8530.
- Visitors in groups of 24 or fewer, aged 10 and older, must wear closed-toed shoes for protection.
- Take a virtual tour via YouTube.
- View or print a color poster of the SMaRT Station process.
SMART STATION NATIVE LANDSCAPE
Completed in 2010, the SMaRT Station landscape refurbishment project included:
Green Gardener Guidelines were used to support the integrity of the San Francisco Bay watershed ecosystem. Contact project manager, Karen Gissibl, at (408) 730-7277 for more information.
- Removal of non-native, invasive plants;
- Sheet mulching to replace 2,000 square feet of lawn;
- Below-ground drip irrigation system;
- Native plant installation to reduce need for watering and maintenance; and
- Use of onsite-generated compost and mulch.
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