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

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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!

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The SMaRT Station

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

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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.


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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


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456 W. Olive Ave.
Sunnyvale, CA 94086

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P.O. Box 3707
Sunnyvale, CA 94088-3707

Phone: (408) 730-7900
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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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Document Shredding For Residents

Identity theft protection AND recycling! Sunnyvale offers free shredding to residents of Sunnyvale, Mountain View and Palo Alto three times per year and the first event of 2015 is coming up on Saturday May 30 at the SMaRT Station at 301 Carl Rd. from 8 a.m. - noon. The spring event is the most popular, so bring your patience along with your maximum five bags or boxes of documents. The event is open to residents only (no business shredding, please) and photo id will be checked for proof of residence. If your photo id does not have your current address, bring a utility bill as well to prove residency. 
What should you shred rather than recycle? Bank statements, pay stubs, investment transactions, pre-approved credit card applications, medical records, documents with social security numbers or credit card numbers, tax forms are all examples of documents with sensitive information.
How does it work? Shredding trucks drive in and park on site, and the shredding happens right inside the truck. (You can watch a 30-second video of a truck in action!) 
Want to watch your documents being shredded? You can! You will be asked to pull your car to the side and then you are welcome to watch on-screen as your documents go through the shredding blades. The shredding method employed is called "pierce and tear" and is far more secure than standard at-home shredders provide. 
Once more, be patient! This is a popular free event, so we encourage everyone to be patient and follow signs and instructions as staff guide folks through the event as efficiently as possible.

Save a Watt and Save a Lot

Energize Sunnyvale Logo

Saturday June 6, 2015
10 – 11 a.m.
Sunnyvale Senior Center, Laurel Room

Join us for a fun, interactive, hands-on session to learn easy ways to start saving energy right away and how you can help Sunnyvale win the $5 million Georgetown University Energy Prize . The session will be led by Bill Roeder, Lead Instructor of the Energy Management and Building Science Program at De Anza College. 

For more information, call (408) 730-7717 or go to Energize.inSunnyvale.com.

Backyard Composting Classes Every Second Saturday

Free backyard composting classes!  There is a class tomorrow, and if that doesn't work, sign up now for June 19.

Registration is required to attend a workshop: call (408) 918-4640. 
Walk-in registration is permitted only if space is available. 

Volunteer Master Composters use hands-on demonstrations to show how mixing grass clippings, leaves, yard trimmings and food scraps produces a nutrient-rich soil amendment called compost. A portion of the class is also dedicated to worm composting (vermi-composting). Workshop attendees may purchase compost bins for home delivery.  

BENEFITS OF COMPOSTING — WHEN COMPOST IS ADDED TO YOUR SOIL, IT:

  • suppresses weeds and controls soil erosion; 
  • absorbs toxins and heavy metals from chemical applications, reconditioning the soil;
  • makes nutrients available to plants and reduces need for chemical fertilizers and insecticides;
  • retains moisture and reduces water consumption;
  • loosens clay and compacted soils for better drainage;
  • reduces waste to landfill; and
  • restores and revitalizes the earth's top soil. 

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.

FOOD SCRAP COLLECTION PILOT

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.

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