Yes, using water for health and sanitary reasons is allowed. The best practice is to lightly rinse the cart on the private sidewalk leading up to your front door and next to your landscaping. That will make it easier to sweep up any bits of paper or other residue after the sidewalk dries; and water will run off into your landscaping (instead of the gutter or street which flows into storm drains and the San Francisco Bay). Contact Recology at (650) 967-3034 to ask if cart cleaning services might also be available (fee may apply).
For other water regulations information, please visit this link.
The City has a curbside On Call Plus Clean Up Days program, which can be redeemed for a Voucher to the SMaRT Station.
On Call Plus Days
The On Call Plus Clean Up Program is available to residents living in homes, condominiums, townhouses and mobile homes. (Apartment managers can call to arrange a complex-wide special collection or haul items directly to the SMaRT Station®.)
Residents can schedule three free appointments throughout the year by calling Foothill Disposal at 650-967-3034. (Appointments are not available mid-December through mid-January to allow for holiday tree collection. Please contact Foothill Disposal for specific dates.)
Each appointment can be used to set out extra trash and yard waste in an 8'L x 4'W x 4'H area PLUS up to 3 bulky goods such as a washer, sofa and mattress at no charge. And, for a fee, residents also may set out refrigerators, computer monitors, televisions and up to 4 passenger vehicle tires for curbside collection (these items contain hazardous substances needing special handling).
SMaRT Station Vouchers
Residents may exchange any of the above clean up appointments for a Voucher to haul items directly to the SMaRT Station (open 7 days a week). Proof of residency is required. To obtain vouchers, please telephone Foothill Disposal at 650-967-3034 and they will mail one to you. The vouchers are good for the same items as an On Call Plus curbside appointment except that you may recycle computer monitors and televisions at no charge at the SMaRT Station.
Visit www.mvrecycle.org for more on recycling in Mountain View.
Residents (1-8 unit properties) should place undecorated green or flocked trees (without metal/plastic stands) at the curbside on your recycling collection day.
Large trees over 5 feet must be cut into 5 foot lengths so they will fit in the collection truck. Recology Mountain View will collect trees at no charge until about the middle of January*. After that time, residents will need to purchase an extra garbage sticker and place it on the tree for regular garbage collection or cut the tree in small pieces to fit loosely in the yard trimmings cart. *Call Recology at 650-967-3034 for the exact dates of the holiday tree collection period. All trees are recycled.
Apartment residents (9 or more unit properties) should contact their property manager for how to handle trees.
More information can be found at this link.
Residents living in homes, mobile homes, condos and townhouses may obtain free curbside service for appliances through the On Call Plus Clean Up Appointment Program. There is NO charge for refrigerators, air conditioners, and other appliances. Residents receive up to three appointments per year. Appointments may also be exchanged for a free Voucher to the SMaRT Station. Call Recology Mountain View at 650-967-3034 for more information.
See also Clean Up Programs.
Call Recology Mountain View at 650-967-3034 between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. The Call Center is closed on major holidays, but drivers are still collecting on all major holidays except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
Call Recology Mountain View at (650) 967-3034 to order the recycling split-cart for homes; the recycling group toters for apartments; or cardboard and mixed recycling dumpsters for businesses.
For more information visit www.MVRecycle.org or call Recology at (650) 967-3034.
If you cannot attend one of the three, free shredding events at the SMaRT Station and need immediate assistance, call your local office supply store which offers shredding services for a small fee. Like the events, office supply stores will shred papers immediately or store them in a secure locked box until the papers can be shredded.
Another option is to check the telephone book Yellow Pages under "business records destruction" or "paper-shredding" for a company providing services. Often these companies can provide curbside shredding services to residents and businesses at your location. They typically charge residents $5-$10 per file box if you bring them to their location; or a minimum of $90 to provide curbside service at your home. If you choose the latter service, consider asking neighbors to join you and share the cost.
Recycling Carts. Papers placed in the recycling cart are not shredded at the SMaRT Station, but are shipped to recycling processors who shred, pulp, dry and press the papers into new feedstock to make recycled papers.
Home Shredders. Personal shredders at home are very useful, but please be sure to place shredded papers in a paper bag, staple or roll tightly shut to prevent litter, and place in your recycling cart. Keeping shredded papers in paper bags prevents litter and allows the entire bag to be recycled. Please do not use plastic bags as they are not recyclable.
Free confidential paper shredding events are held throughout the year at the SMaRT Station for Mountain View, Palo Alto and Sunnyvale residents. Visit this link for more information.
You can get finished compost and mulch (large pieces) at our SMaRT Station in Sunnyvale.
Recology Mountain View (formerly called Foothill Disposal) collects yard trimmings throughout the Mountain View community and brings it to the SMaRT Station in Sunnyvale for processing into mulch for top dressing soil or for composting. The material is sent to a composting facility in and returned to the SMaRT Station as finished landscape compost.
The finished compost is loose (not in a bag) and available to residents of Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Palo Alto and Los Altos. Please bring your own shovel and container to load and transport the material. There is a limit of one truck load per week. These materials are provided to residents at no charge. Be sure to bring a tarp to cover your load under a new City of Sunnyvale Ordinance (or they will provide you with one for a fee).
The SMaRT Station is a cooperative partnership between the cities of Mountain View, Sunnyvale and Palo Alto and is located at 301 Carl Road (cross-streets Borregas & Caribbean) in Sunnyvale.
For more information visit. www.MVRecycle.org, Composting & Yard Trimmings, or SMaRT Station, or call the SMaRT Station at 408-752-8530. The station is open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
The SMaRT Station is also a Buy-Back and Drop-Off Center. Residents may redeem California Refund Value bottles and cans or drop off household recyclable containers, scrap metal, plastic bags, cardboard and mixed paper at no charge. The Station also accepts used motor oil, vehicle fluids, fluorescent tubes, computer monitors, televisions, and hypodermic needles at no charge. Click on the link below for more information about E-waste and Hazardous Waste disposal.
Mountain View residents living in homes, townhouses, condominiums, mobilehome parks, and multi-family dwellings (1-8 units) are eligible for On Call Plus Clean Up Days which may also be redeemed for a Voucher to the SMaRT Station.
See Clean Up Days for more information.
Read the answer below and also visit www.mountainview.gov/bags for information about the City's Reusable Bag Ordinance.
Bringing your own shopping bag is an easy way to make a difference. One reusable bag can replace hundreds of plastic and paper bags over its lifetime. Not convinced? Consider these three facts:
#1 Disposable shopping bags are not "free."
There are many hidden costs to disposable bags including resource consumption and litter clean-up. When retailers give away free bags, their costs are passed on to consumers in the form of higher prices.
#2 Plastic bags are difficult and expensive to recycle.
In California, less than 3% of plastic bags are recycled. It costs more to recycle a plastic bag than to produce a new one (due to sorting and deinking problems and the low quality of plastic used in bags). Bags get caught in conveyors and pulleys at recycling facilities, causing frequent shut downs.
In Mountain View, plastic bags are not accepted for recycling, but you can drop clean bags off at some grocery stores or at the drop off center at the SMaRT Station.
#3 Paper bags are not better for the environment than plastic bags.
They both have environmental impacts, including depleting natural resources and causing pollution. The production of paper bags generates 70% more air pollution and 50 times more water pollution than plastic bags.
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