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Curbside Composting Information

Mountain View, CA

  • Residents in a small, selected area of Mountain View are testing a pilot program to add food scraps and food-soiled papers in the yard trimmings cart for weekly collection which started on Thursday, July 16, 2015. The pilot program is for residents with individual cart services in a portion of Old Mountain View. The area was chosen because of the variety of housing types. Each household received a small kitchen pail for the countertop, instructions, and access to a separate website. The pilot ends in late January 2016.  

Palo Alto, CA

  • All compostable materials, such as yard trimmings, food scraps, soiled paper and compostable plastics are accepted loosely in your green cart. The compostable materials are sent to the Zero Waste Energy Development Company (ZWED) in San Jose, where it is anaerobic digested and composted. This process yields both renewable energy and compost which is used to enrich the soil. 

Sunnyvale, CA

  • The City of Sunnyvale implemented a citywide food scraps program called FoodCycle in 2017 for all single family homes and mobile home park residents.  The program was expanded citywide after a successful pilot in 2015 in which residents received a split cart (a cart with two compartments) for separating food scraps from garbage. Residents can put all food, including meat, bones, shells, pits, peels, and dairy in the food side of their cart. It is a nice accompaniment to backyard composting, in that, items not appropriate for the backyard bin can go in the food scraps cart.

    To watch a short video or learn more about the program go to the City of Sunnyvale’s FoodCycle website. (imbed this link in “website”) https://sunnyvale.ca.gov/property/recycling/scrap.htm

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