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Santa Clara County

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

  • Sunnyvale is currently running a pilot program to collect food scraps from about 500 homes. Food scraps are collected in a unique split cart where food scraps are collected on one side and garbage on the other. Food scraps are NOT combined with yard trimmings as in other cities. The pilot started in February 2015 and may run for up to a year, but has no set end date at this time while data and feedback are collected and analyzed. For more information or questions about the program contact Sandy Jensen at 408.730.7278.

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