Zero Waste

Zero Waste staff photos holding signs to spell out "Welcome"

Zero Waste Palo Alto’s mission is to help the community reach its Zero Waste goal of virtually eliminating waste from being burned or buried, and to protect the environment and public health in a cost effective manner by safely, legally, and sustainably managing Palo Alto’s solid and hazardous waste as well as our closed landfill.

Zero Waste is sustainable materials management – seeking to eliminate waste wherever possible first and foremost, and then managing the discards we do have through reuse and recycling/composting.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Manage the City's Zero Waste policies and programs - reuse, recycle, compost, and landfill
  • Manage the City's hazardous waste program
  • Manage the City's closed landfill