Curbside Recycling

Sunnyvale residents living in single-family, duplex, triplex or mobile homes, will be provided with "single-family" recycling service.

Sunnyvale strongly encourages residents to separate recyclables from household garbage to ensure the most cost-effective collection and recycling of materials.  

We provide a wheeled split cart for collection of recyclable materials.  In addition, we provide one-gallon jugs for used motor oil, and heavy-duty zip-lock bags for used motor oil filters. Customers may use paper bags for excess recyclables except oil and oil filters. To order recycling carts, oil jugs or filter bags call the Sunnyvale Revenue Division at (408) 730-7400 (Limit: one cart per address).

Preparing Materials:

Please prepare your recyclables for collection as indicated below.  Materials not handled accordingly may not be picked up by Specialty.  When your cart is full, or nearly full, place it curbside by 7:00 am on your pick-up day. Make sure to place cart in the street with wheels against the curb and arrows on the lid pointing toward the street.

Materials Collected at Curbside

(split recycling cart - green lid, blue lid sides)

Blue-lid side for containers: 

  • Metal food and beverage containers - rinsed
  • Plastic bottles, jars, tubs and cups (#1 - #7) (soda bottles, margarine tubs) - remove lids and flatten
  • Glass food and beverage containers - remove lids 
Green-lid side for newspapers and newsprint:
  • Newspaper and inserts (place loosely in the cart)
  • Phone books
  • White, colored and glossy paper
  • Junk mail and envelopes (plastic windows ok)
  • Catalogs and magazines
  • Cereal and cake mix boxes
  • Paper egg cartons
  • Manila folders and hanging files
  • Shredded paper
  • Paper bags
  • Paperback books
  • Shoe or clothing boxes
Note:  If you have more paper than can fit inside the cart, place extra paper in a paper bag next to your cart.

Also Collected at Curbside:

  • Used motor oil - pour into the jug, provided by Specialty, or a non-breakable one-gallon container with a screw top lid (e.g. rinsed plastic detergent container).
  • Oil filters - after completely draining excess oil from filter into an oil pan, place filter in a heavy-duty zip-lock plastic bag, seal the bag, and place the sealed bag at the curbside on your next recycling day.  When the filter is collected, a replacement bag will be provided. 
  • Corrugated cardboard - Tie or tape into flattened bundles 30” x 30” x 6” or smaller.
  • Paper grocery bags - flatten bags and put inside another paper grocery bag or bundle with cardboard. White bags are OK. 
  • Household batteries - rechargeable batteries from cellphones, laptops and cordless power tools, AA, AAA, C, D, 9-volts, and button batteries such as those found in hearing aids. Tape battery terminals and put batteries in a tightly sealed, clear-plastic bag and place the bag on top of your recycling split cart.

NOT Collected at Curbside:

The following materials are not collected at curbside for recycling. Recycling containers bearing these materials will not be emptied.  Some of these materials may be recycled at the SMaRT® Station Recycling Center located at 301 Carl Road, Sunnyvale, open daily from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Call with questions at (408) 752-8530.

  • Motor oil mixed with other liquids
  • Antifreeze
  • Plastics other than bottles, jars, tubs and cups (#1 - #7)
  • Window/auto glass & crushed glass
  • Mirrors
  • Pyrex
  • Ceramics & porcelain
  • Crystal
If collection of your recycling was not possible due to any of the factors mentioned above, a tag will be left on your recycling split cart explaining why pick up was not possible.  If you have any questions concerning the established policy, please call (408) 565-9900.

SMaRT® Station Recycling Center:

Businesses and residents of any community may bring their recyclables to the SMaRT® Station Recycling Center, operated by Bay Counties Waste of Sunnyvale located at 301 Carl Road. It is open daily from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Cart Measurements:

64 gallon: 31' wide 29' dept & 41' tall

Starting Service:

To start service, stop service or make changes in your garbage, recycling and yard waste service, please contact The City of Sunnyvale Utility Billing, Customer Service at (408) 730-7400.

Holiday Schedule:

Pickup of garbage, yard trimmings, and recyclables occurs on most holidays, except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. For collection days falling on these three holidays, collection will be moved to the following day. For example, Thanksgiving (Thursday) collections will be done on Friday and Friday collections will be done on Saturday.