Curbside Recycling

All Sunnyvale residents get weekly recycling service.

Curbside Recycling Collection. We provide:

64 gallon

64 Gallon wheeled cart, split into 2 compartments

96 gallon

96 Gallon wheeled cart, split into 2 compartments

one gallon

one-gallon clear jug
for used motor oil

zip lock bag

heavy-duty zip-lock bag for used motor oil filters

How do I use the split cart? What goes where?

Green-lid side

paper products

  • Newspaper and inserts
  • Phone books
  • White, colored and glossy paper
  • Junk mail and envelopes, including plastic windows
  • Catalogs and magazines
  • Cereal and cake mix boxes
  • Manila folders and hanging files
  • Shredded paper- in a paper bag that’s been stapled shut
  • Paper bags
  • Paperback books
  • Shoe or clothing boxes
  • Gift wrap (not metallic)

Blue-lid side

for containers

  • Aluminum foil or metal food and beverage containers. Rinsed.
  • Plastic bottles, jars, margarine tubs and cups. Rinse and remove lids. (#1-#7 only)
  • Glass food and beverage containers. Rinse and remove lids.
  • Juice, milk or soup cartons. Rinse and remove lids. NEW!

paper bag

What if I have more paper than can fit inside the cart?

Just put the extra paper in a paper bag, label it “paper” and put it next to your cart. We’ll pick it up.

Also Collected at Curbside:

items collected
  • Batteries

    Tape battery terminals and put batteries in a tightly sealed, clear-plastic bag and place the bag on top of your recycling split cart. You can get rid of rechargeable batteries from cellphones, laptops and cordless power tools, button and household batteries.

  • Motor Oil
    Pour into your Specialty jug, or a non-breakable one-gallon clear container with a screw top lid (e.g. rinsed plastic).
  • Oil filters
    Drain excess oil from filter into an oil pan, seal filter inside a heavy-duty zip-lock plastic bag and put the sealed bag at the curbside on your next recycling day. You’ll get a replacement bag at pickup.
  • Corrugated cardboard
    Tie into flattened bundles no larger than 30” x 30” x 6”.
  • Paper grocery bags
    Flatten bags and put inside another paper grocery bag or bundle with cardboard. White bags are OK. Bags can also be placed in paper side of cart.

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.

  • Motor oil mixed with other liquids
  • Antifreeze
  • Plastics that are NOT #1 – #7
  • Window/auto glass & crushed glass
  • Mirrors
  • Pyrex
  • Ceramics & porcelain
  • Crystal
  • Black Plastic