Recycling Collection

Properties of four or more housing units get weekly recycling services.

We provide:

We have a standard formula to determine how many Light Blue (Container recycling) and Dark Blue (Paper recycling) carts each property should have.

Based on waste characterization studies, the formula is:

# of units X 0.3 = total cubic yards of garbage and recycling generated

Of those total cubic yards of garbage and recycling, 20% can be Container and Paper recycling, and 10% can be Cardboard recycling. Quantity and Quality standards apply for Cardboard-only bins.

Dark Blue Cart

Dark Blue Cart
34″ deep

Light Blue Cart

Light Blue Cart
34″ deep

What goes in each cart?

Dark Blue Cart

for papers products

  • Catalogs, magazines, paperblack books
  • Newspaper and inserts
  • Junk mail
  • Paper boxes (cereal, tissue, etc. remove inserts)
  • Office paper
  • Non-metallic gift wrap and greeting cards
  • Cardboard (small pieces ok, see below)

Light Blue Cart

for containers

  • Glass bottles and jars*
  • Metal cans
  • Plastic bottles and tubs* (i.e. shampoo, detergent, yogurt)
  • Milk, soup and juice cartons*
  • Clean foil ok

*Rinse containers, remove and recycle lids.

What else can I get rid of?

Other products

My recycling wasn’t collected! What happened?

If pickup isn’t possible, we’ll leave a tag on your cart explaining why not. We’re not able to pick up the following items. For more information, please refer to Sunnyvale Recycles Right PDF, Smart Station Services PDF, Recycling’s Dirty Dozen or the Avoid the Dirty Dozen PDF.

  • Motor oil mixed with other liquids
  • Antifreeze
  • Non recyclable plastic
  • Window/auto glass & crushed glass
  • Mirrors
  • Pyrex
  • Ceramics & porcelain
  • Crystal
  • Black Plastic
Food scraps

Multi-family food scraps

In November 2018, a drop-off option for residents of apartments and condominiums in Sunnyvale was made available at the SMarRT Station Recycling Center.

  • There is no charge to drop-off
  • Bag all items in clear plastic bags or compostable bags.

Food items included:

  • Fruit and vegetable scraps
  • Shells, peels, pits and bones
  • Tea bags, coffee filters/grounds
  • Cheese, dairy products
  • Spoiled, moldy or freezer burned food
  • Pet foot (no pet waste)

All food should be in compostable or clear plastic bags (i.e., produce bags). For more details go to FoodCycle at Sunnyvale

If you live in an apartment or condo, you might pick up a countertop pail for food scrap collection at the SMaRT Station office or Utilities counter at City Hall. Bring proof of residency to receive a pail.