Street sweeping services which is managed by Public Works does not provide curbside green waste pickup or sweep leaves that are collected on private property and/or sidewalks. Gardeners and residents are not permitted to collect yard waste or debris into the gutter.
If debris is left in the gutter it has the ability to enter into the storm drain or block gutters which can result in flooding. Flooding has the capability to block streets and sidewalks which can create hazardous conditions for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.
The uncollected green waste or debris that enters the City’s storm drains can affect the health of the environment and animal inhabitants that are located within the creeks, estuaries, bayland and San Francisco Bay. Therefore, the following ordinances are in place to protect the environment, residents, and visitors.
The following ordinances describe what actions are violations and may result in enforcement:
Public Works Public Services
24-Hour Dispatch Center (Non-Emergency)
Reports of spilled rocks, glass and other hazards can be reported to Public Works Operations at (650) 496-6974 or firstname.lastname@example.org, submit a PA311 request or the 24-hour Dispatch Center (non-emergency) (650) 329-2413.
To schedule a pickup of your garden compostables, please contact GreenWaste of Palo Alto at (650) 493-4894.
Last updated on December 14, 2021