City Asks Residents to Cut Water Usage by 15%

Time to reduce water usage by 15%.  It is now prohibited to have leaking plumbing, let water flow into the street, or get served water at a restaurant unless you ask for it.


Sunnyvale has Zero Waste goals!

The work of the Recycling Program supports the Zero Waste Strategic Plan adopted by the City Council in 2013. Sunnyvale has achieved a current rate of 66% diversion from landfill and the goal is 90% by 2030. Photo credit: Bill Watson


Water Pollution Control Plant Infrastructure

Sunnyvale’s Water Pollution Control Plant treats and cleans wastewater from Sunnyvale businesses and homes prior to discharge into the San Francisco Bay. At almost sixty years old, the Plant began undergoing major construction and much needed upgrades in fall 2014.

Schedule a tour of the plant and learn more!


The SMaRT Station

​The SMaRT Station accepts recyclable materials and self-hauled garbage from residents and businesses in Sunnyvale, Mountain View and Palo Alto.


Keep Our Waterways Clean: Volunteer on Cleanup Days

Check for upcoming waterway cleanup events in Sunnyvale. Events happen periodically throughout the year to keep our rivers and bay clean.


Compost Available Free to Residents

Yard trimmings that are collected from residents are composted and returned to the SMaRT Station for use by residents of Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Palo Alto and Los Altos.  96 gallons per week maximum, bring your own containers and shovel.  Available 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. seven days a week. Photo credit: Bill Watson


  • Environmental Services


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456 W. Olive Ave.
Sunnyvale, CA 94086

Mailing address:
Environmental Services
P.O. Box 3707
Sunnyvale, CA 94088-3707

Phone: (408) 730-7900
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Environmental Services Department

Environmental Services is charged with maintaining the City's potable and recycled water systems, the sanitary and storm sewer systems, the treatment of wastewater, the collection of garbage from City residents and business and the diversion of recyclables, ensuring that the City complies with all applicable regulatory requirements, and helping to advance the City's sustainability goals.

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April Issue of Sustainable Sunnyvale

The April issue of Sustainable Sunnyvale highlights refillable small propane tanks, the Fit & Fun Earth Day Fair, Phase 2 of the ban on expanded polystyrene foam foodware (banning the retail sale), energy conservation rebate offers, and the new feature "Landfill Lowdown" which will begin to explain the features and challenges of Sunnyvale's closed landfill. Also, how much we love goats.

Fit and Fun Earth Day Fair

Annual Fit & Fun Fair gets Earthy! This year the City's Environmental Services Department teamed up with Community Services folks to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Earth Day by adding an environmental theme to the popular annual Fit & Fun Fair. The much-beloved BMX demos and Fire Rigs and games will be joined by an Eco Fashion show, a Zero Waste Chef demo and the enviro-music stylings of the Banana Slug String Band.  Come join the fun this Saturday April 25, 2015 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 785 Morse Ave. Sunnyvale. More details at FitandFunFair.inSunnyvale.com


If you’ve been envious of friends in other cities that have food scraps collected at the curb, take heart!  Sunnyvale has started a food scraps collection pilot and five lucky neighborhoods are trying this new service out as the City considers a city-wide rollout.  The advantage of this type of collection service is that all food scraps are acceptable, as opposed to backyard composting or worm bins which can’t handle meat, fish or dairy products.  Why is it important to collect all that food waste? Food waste and compostable material makes up more than a third of the garbage that has to go to landfill, so establishing this program is key to Sunnyvale achieving the waste reduction goals that are part of the Zero Waste Strategic Plan. Currently the City diverts about 66 percent of discarded material away from the landfill through sorting for recycling, and the goal is to divert 90 percent by 2030.


The Environmental Protection Agency reports that the average American uses 90 gallons of water a day. Faced now with a dwindling snowpack and lack of rain, city leaders and officials from the Santa Clara Valley Water District are hoping to change the way residents use water. Saving water starts at home, and although voluntary, it's something we all can practice. Without much inconvenience, practicing water conservation can help save hundreds, even thousands of gallons per month. Try to do one thing each day to save water. Don’t worry if the savings are minimal. Every drop counts and every person can make a difference.  Here are five easy ways to get you started:

·         Turn off the faucet while you are brushing your teeth.

·         Install water-efficient faucet aerators and showerheads in your kitchen and bathrooms.

·         Water during cool parts of the day. Early morning is the best time since it helps prevent growth of fungus.

·         Use a broom to sweep off pavement. Using a hose to wash sidewalks, driveways and patios wastes money and water.

·         Check for leaks inside and outside. Running toilets can waste 2 gallons a minute and leaky faucets can waste thousands of gallons over time as well.


There's gold in them thar phones!  Here's something you may not have known about cell phones and other electronics--most are richer in precious metals than the ore the metals came from originally.  And as valuable as the reclaimed metals can be in the right hands, our phones are also deadly in the wrong ones.  Make sure when you recycle a phone that you use an e-steward certified recycler, such as the one who handles electronic waste at the SMaRT Station.  Cell phone batteries in particular can be hugely polluting to water, and improper reclamation methods can release toxins and poisonous heavy metals into the air as well.  

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