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Recycling Center (SMaRT Station®)

The Sunnyvale Materials Recovery and Transfer Station (SMaRT Station®) accepts garbage and recycling materials from Sunnyvale, Mountain View and Palo Alto residents and businesses.

SMaRT Station Annual Report 

Preparing for your Visit to the SMaRT Station

  • A valid driver's license showing proof of residency is required
  • Or, a business license showing proof of operating location
  • Ensure all open loads are covered and secured. Per Sunnyvale Municipal Code 8.16.180, a fee of $15 will be charged for uncovered loads and a tarp will be issued.

Disposal Rates

Rates are determined by type of material disposed, per cubic yard or per large item.

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Accepted Waste Materials

  • Garbage
  • Demolition debris
  • Concrete
  • Dirt
  • Non-hazardous materials

Non-accepted Waste Materials

  • Hazardous waste (except items noted below)
  • Liquids

Accepted Recyclable Materials

The following items are accepted at no charge from:

Residents and Businesses Residents Only
  • Aluminum, tin and steel cans
  • Used clothing and shoes
  • Glass bottles and containers (no auto or window glass, ceramics or mirrors)
  • Milk and juice cartons
  • Paper and corrugated cardboard
  • Plastic bottles and tubs (i.e., shampoo, detergent, yogurt containers)
  • Scrap metal
  • Paint in original containers (Monday through Friday) per the  PaintCare program guidelines.
  • Cooking oil*
  • Electronics: computers, TVs and monitors (limit four), small appliances, carbon monoxide alarms
  • Microwave ovens
  • Textiles
  • Strings of holiday lights
  • Fluorescent bulbs and tubes (limit of 20 total)
  • Household and auto batteries
  • Mercury-containing thermostats, thermometers, batteries and compact fluorescent lamp bulbs
  • Sharps, needles or lancets, (in biohazard, or hard plastic container with screw-top lid marked "sharps")
  • Used motor oil*, oil filters and antifreeze*
*Limit is 10 gallons in 5-gallon capacity or smaller non-breakable containers with screw-top lids.

Beverage Container Buy-Back

California Redemption Value is paid on bottles and cans by count (up to 50) or by weight.

Re-use Trailer

Furniture and other items in good condition rescued from the garbage and recycling areas of the SMaRT Station are placed in the re-use trailer for customers to take home at no charge.


Compost is available year round to residents of Sunnyvale, Los Altos, Mountain View and Palo Alto.

  • Limit 96 gallons per week, bring your own shovel and containers.
  • The compost is made from local yard waste and is certified organic.

Available supply of compost can vary. Call before you visit: 408-752-8530.

Schedule a Tour

The SMaRT Station is a Materials Recovery Facility and features advanced equipment to sort and bale recyclable materials. To schedule a group tour, call 408-752-8530.

Last Updated: Feb 21, 2019