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: Going Green

Make Every Day Earth Day

Help make every day Earth Day by doing your part for the planet. For ways you can help, visit Sunnyvale’s water pollution prevention page or join us at one of our upcoming cleanup or citywide events.

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.


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.


Sunnyvale does a lot of sustainability work, and the February Sustainable Sunnyvale e-newsletter tells you about it.  Subscribe to get the next edition delivered right to your inbox. 


What Does the Newly Approved Climate Action Plan Mean for the Sunnyvale Community?

In May 2014, the City Council adopted the City’s first Community-wide Climate Action Plan.  The Climate Action Plan is Sunnyvale’s path toward creating a more sustainable, healthy, and livable Sunnyvale. The strategies outlined in this Plan will not only reduce GHG emissions, but will also provide energy, fuel, water, and monetary savings while improving the quality of life in Sunnyvale. As the City continues to transform, the Climate Action Plan will help the City streamline future environmental review of development projects in Sunnyvale by following the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Guidelines for a Qualified GHG Reduction Strategy.

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