Curbside Recycling

All Sunnyvale residents get weekly recycling service.

Curbside Recycling Collection. We provide:

64 gallon

64 Gallonwheeled cart, split into 2 compartments

96 gallon

96 Gallonwheeled cart, split into 2 compartments

one gallon 

one-gallon clear jug
for used motor oil

zip lock bag

heavy-duty zip-lock bagfor used motor oil filters

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

Green-lid side

paper products

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

Blue-lid side

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.

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
  • BatteriesTape 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. For more information, please refer to Sunnyvale Recycles Right 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