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!


Silicon Valley Community Choice Energy Partnership

Sunnyvale is partnering with Cupertino, Mountain View, and County of Santa Clara to explore a new energy option for residents and business. Learn more at


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.


  • 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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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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State of the City Event Offered Environmental Awareness

Environmental Services staff offered outreach and education to attendees at the State of the City event on September 12, 2015. Recycling staff used the Wheel of Recycling to address issues of food waste, refillable propane cylinders and general recycling questions, while at the next table over issues of energy conservation and water usage sparked conversations. Not to be outdone, Utilities staff had a working water meter to demonstrate how to read the mysterious dials and understand how water usage is tallied.

August Edition of Sustainable Sunnyvale

Re-Use and cosmetics and propane and must be the latest edition!

Cartons now collected with other containers for recycling

Thanks to new optical sorting equipment installed at the SMaRT Station, milk, soymilk, soup and other cartons of any size are now accepted for recycling. Place your cartons with other acceptable containers (not with the recycled paper). Shelf stable cartons and cartons used for refrigerated food and beverages are accepted, but cartons designed for use in freezers (such as ice cream or frozen food boxes) are not. (Cartons designed to protect food from freezer burn have a coating that resists pulping of the paper, so those cartons need to be disposed of in the garbage).

June 2015 Sustainable Sunnyvale Newsletter

Cartons accepted for recycling now! Community Choice Energy, water conservation restrictions, aerial photography of the landfill, haz waste drop-off, leaf-blower rebate/exchange...It's the June Sustainable Sunnyvale Newsletter!

Bring Household Hazardous Waste to Drop-off Event on June 20

June 20 will be the last HHW event at the 164 Carl Rd. location. Starting July 18, the event will be at 221 Commercial Rd. in Sunnyvale and move to a quarterly schedule and require an appointment. Otherwise the procedures remain the same: load your HHW into your trunk, have your ID showing Sunnyvale residence ready and you will be able to drop-off HHW between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m.  More detailed information is available on the City's HHW web page and at

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