Five Million and More Reasons to Save Energy

Sunnyvale is a semifinalist in the Georgetown University Energy Prize, a 2-Year National Energy Usage Reduction Challenge with a $5 million dollar prize purse.
Take action now to get ENERGIZED!


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.


The SMaRT Station

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


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


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



With California in the midst of an historic drought, and snow levels at the lowest level ever recorded, the Sunnyvale City Council on May 12th adopted a resolution declaring a 30 percent water reduction target through June 30, 2016.


New Meeting: Community Choice Energy

The Silicon Valley Community Choice Energy Partnership is developing a program to bring you cleaner, greener energy. Come learn more about recent study results and share your thoughts.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Community Room, Sunnyvale Community Ctr
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Learn More


  • Environmental Services


City Hall
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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Hours: M-F 8 a.m. to 5 p.m



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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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Switching on Energy Savings

Did you know a light display of only 6 strings (100 incandescent bulbs each) costs $3.90 a day to operate? That adds up to $117 a month! Switching to energy efficient LED lights will reduce your daily cost to only 3.2 cents a day, or 96 cents a month - that will surely fill your wallet with cheer.

Thankful for Energy Saving Opportunities

This Thanksgiving, prepare your dishes the energy-wise way! Look for recipes that cook dishes at the same temperature so you can cook several dishes at once and minimize the time the oven is on. Happy Thanksgiving!

Recycling Saves Energy

America Recycles Day is November 15th, but every day is an opportunity to recycle. Along with saving resources, recycling saves the energy used to create products we use every day. One recycled plastic bottle saves enough energy to power a 60-watt light bulb for 3 hours. Plastic, glass, aluminum, paper – remember to recycle!

Borrow the Kit and Start Saving Energy

Hey DIY-ers – have you borrowed a Home Energy Savings Kit yet? It’s a free and easy way to make your home more energy efficient, complete with FREE LED light bulbs, low-flow shower head, and more. Borrow one today at the Columbia Neighborhood Center, Sunnyvale Public Library, or Environmental Services Department.

Adjust Water Heater Temp for Energy Savings

Energy Tip of the Week: The biggest energy use in the home by far is water heating. Set your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit – it’s the perfect temperature for showering and properly cleaning dishes and clothes without excessive heat or scalding.

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