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Document Shredding Events

July 10, 2019
Shredding events will be held at the SMaRT Station in Sunnyvale.
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Electric Refuse Truck Paves Way for Another Palo Alto First

October 29, 2017

Another “first” for Palo Alto as it gets ready to roll out the Bay Area’s first all-electric refuse collection truck.

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Energy/Compost Facility Consideration

October 31, 2013
This webpage is the third in a series of webpages as an Energy/Compost Facility in Palo Alto is considered.... More... about Energy/Compost Facility Consideration

Welcome to Zero Waste Palo Alto

Zero Waste Palo Alto’s mission is to help the community reach its Zero Waste goal of virtually eliminating waste being burned or buried. Zero Waste goes beyond recycling – it’s a systems approach that first seeks to eliminate waste wherever possible, and then manages discards through reuse and recycling.

2018 Zero Waste Plan

The Plan identifies new and expanded policies, programs, and

infrastructure that will be needed to reach our Zero Waste goals. 

2017 Waste Characterization Study

Approximately 67% of what is being thrown in the garbage is recyclable or compostable.

Recycle and Compost Questions

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Contact Zero Waste Palo Alto at:

(650) 496-5910


Collection Services Questions

GreenWaste of Palo Alto is our contracted hauler and processor. Please contact them directly for:

  • Missed pick ups
  • Service change requests
  • Broken carts
  • Scheduling Clean Up Day

Contact GreenWaste of Palo Alto 
(650) 493-4894


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