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Curbside Composting Information

Milpitas, CA

  • In Milpitas, yard trimmings are sent to Gilroy’s Z-Best compost facility. Additionally, Milpitas residents use split carts (a cart with separate compartments) to collect and separate food scraps from garbage. All fresh, frozen, cooked, and moldy food scraps are accepted as well as food-soiled paper such as paper plates, napkins, and paper towels. This means that residents are able to place food scrap items not appropriate for backyard composting (such as dairy, meats, and bones) into the food scraps side of the split cart instead. During collection, the garbage and food scraps split carts are emptied into split trucks designed to keep items separated and taken to Santa Clara’s SAFE pre-processing facility.

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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