Knowing what materials can go into your recycle and compost containers can be confusing.
This page gives you the tools you need to know what materials can be recycled and composted - signs and stickers, sorting guides, how-to videos, and information about technical assistance.
For more information you can view our FAQ’s and you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (650) 496-5910.
What Goes Where Sorting Guide(PDF, 471KB) - a short list of what goes in your blue, green, and black containers.
Detailed Materials Guide - a detailed list of what goes in your blue, green, and black containers.
RE:Source Guide - an online guide for reuse, repair, recycling, and safe disposal.
Single-Family Residential Services Guide
Multi-Family Residential Services Guide
Commercial Services Guide
Waste Sorting In Palo Alto Schools - while this video was made for schools, the information works for everyone in Palo Alto
Waste Sorting In Palo Alto Businesses- a Palo Alto business gets a visitor from the future in this fun What Goes Where sorting video.
What goes in my green cart?
What goes in my blue cart?
Should I rinse recyclables?
Recycling Plastics - What is accepted?
Recycling Film Plastics
Products made from multiple materials
Recycling and composting is required in Palo Alto. If you need assistance starting or improving your recycling and/or composting program, please contact GreenWaste.
GreenWaste can help you with the following:
- Establish service levels, conduct site visits and waste audits
- Provide on-site training, posters, stickers, and other materials
- Plan for special events
For more information about the Recycling and Composting Ordinance and tips from other Palo Alto businesses for recycling and composting success, visit our Recycling and Composting Ordinance webpage.
Zero Waste Facilitators
Zero Waste Facilitators can help you comply with the City’s Recycling and Composting Ordinance. They may also be able to help you lower your refuse costs. Visit our Zero Waste Facilitators page
to learn more.
Container vendor list - A list of vendors that sell recycle and compost containers