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

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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From the category archives: Waste Reduction

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!

PaintCare Comes to the SMaRT Station

Residents of Sunnyvale, Palo Alto and Mountain View now have the option to drop off paint in original containers as part of the PaintCare program. A drop-off trailer is located at the SMaRT Station in the recycling drop-off area and there is a limit of 15 gallons per day per person based on the size of the container (as opposed to fullness). Residents may also drop paint off at other participating locations in Sunnyvale including Orchard Supply, Kelly Moore and Dunn Edwards.

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.

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).

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.  


  • 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. 

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