Apartments (9 or more Units)

 

Garbage Dumpsters & Recycling Group Carts

Garbage and recycling is collected from apartments and other high-density complexes using shared garbage dumpsters (large metal bins) and group recycling carts (mixed paper cart and containers cart). Garbage is collected once a week, and recycling is collected every other week. Recycling service is provided at no additional charge. The utility rate for garbage service is based on the number of garbage containers and frequency of service.

Recology also provides a "buddy bag" to help apartment residents carry recyclables from kitchen to the group (community) carts. The buddy bag is split into two compartments to keep paper separated from household containers, making it easy to put recyclables into the appropriate recycling cart. Keeping items separated ensures best market quality and price for recyclables.

A food scraps collection pilot program for apartments is being developed in 2018. 

State Mandatory Recycling Law

While Mountain View has a very high recycling participation rate, additional work is needed to maintain the minimum State-mandated diversion goal of 75% by 2020. In the past, statewide diversion efforts have largely focused on residential recycling, but almost 75% of California's solid waste generation is from commercial sources. Multi-family residential complexes, including apartments and condominiums, are considered part of the commercial sector.

Effective July 1, 2012, businesses, schools, and multi-family residential complexes are required to recycle under the State's Mandatory Recycling Law (AB 341). The law affects businesses, schools, and multi-family residential complexes with 5 or more units such as apartments and condominiums. 

Mandatory Service is required for 

  • Commercial business that generates 4 cubic yards or more of solid waste per week
  • Multi-family complex with 5 or more units like apartments or condominiums

To find out if your complex meets the requirements of the law, or to subscribe to the free recycling service, contact Recology Mountain View at (650) 967-3034.

What's Recyclable

Posters for Large Multi-Family Complexes and Apartments

Garbage Dumpsters


Place household garbage in durable plastic bags and tie shut before putting in dumpster. Please do not put furniture, appliances, mattresses, toilets, sinks, water heaters, carpets or large construction materials in the garbage dumpsters as these dumpsters are for only bagged household garbage.  Contact your property manager for how to recycle or dispose of these items through Recology.  Recology is the City's exclusive provider of recycling and disposal services.  Contact Recology at (650) 967-3034 or ContactUsRMV@recology.com.

NEW:  Free Mattress and Box Spring Recycling for All Residents in Apartments or Homes (Drop-Off at SMaRT Station only).
 

Recycling Group Carts

For every garbage dumpster, a group of recycling carts is provided. Each group consists of two recycling carts:
  • Mixed Paper Cart: Junk mail, telephone books, writing paper, catalogs, magazines, newspapers and inserts, dry food boxes (no frozen/refrigerated boxes), and small pieces of flattened cardboard that fits easily in the cart.
  • Containers Cart: Glass bottles and jars, plastic bottles, jugs, tubs with lids, and metal cans (tin, steel and aluminum). Also beverage and soup cartons such as milk, juice, soy and grain milk, soup and broth, wine, cream, and egg substitutes (lids ok). No other plastic!
  • Large Cardboard: Flatten cardboard, and cut or fold large cardboard into pieces about 3'x3' and lean against the mixed paper cart.  If you have more than one or two cardboard boxes, they must be flattened and bundled (tied or taped) together for easier handling.

Sorry, collection of used motor oil, oil filters, and household batteries is not provided for apartments subscribed to trash dumpsters and group recycling carts.

How to Start Recycling

Setting up a recycling program needs to be coordinated by the apartment manager or homeowner's association. If you live in a complex not currently recycling, tell your manager there is no charge for recycling collection in Mountain View and to contact Recology Mountain View at (650) 967-3034 for services. Recology will provide your complex with the appropriate containers and a list of what is recyclable. Complexes with shared garbage services and consisting of 5 or more dwelling units are subject to the State's mandatory recycling law. (See above).

Recycling Leaders

If you are interested in becoming a Recycling Leader to help your neighbors learn recycling, please call the City's Recycling & Zero Waste Program at 650-903-6311. You may also print out the list of What's Recyclable and distribute to other tenants in coordination with your apartment manager or homeowner's association.  

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