2017 Sustainability Speaker Series

                                                                                                                                         Pierre Delforge of the Natural Resources Defense Council will kick off the City’s new FREE Sustainability Speaker Series on May 31. Learn how carbon-free electric heating systems can save money and protect the climate. Register Today! 


Electricity service is about to get a lot greener!

Beginning in April, Sunnyvale will start receiving 100% carbon free electricity from Silicon Valley Clean Energy.

Learn more at SVCleanEnergy.org.


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


  • Environmental Services


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456 W. Olive Ave.
Sunnyvale, CA 94086

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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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From the category archives: Water

Saving water also saves energy

Most showerheads use 2.5 gallons of water per minute. Purchase a low-flow showerhead (or better yet, get a FREE showerhead from borrowing a DIY Energy Kit!) and cut that rate almost in half! You’ll save about a gallon of water per minute, plus save the energy needed to treat, transport, and heat that water.

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.

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.


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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