News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 02/04/2009
Subject :

New Year Brings Changes to the Palo Alto Landfill
Commercial Garbage No Longer Accepted
Contact : Wendy Hediger, Zero Waste Coordinator    650-496-5912

Palo Alto, CA – At the direction of City Council, the Palo Alto Landfill will reduce the amount of garbage coming into the landfill which may result in an increase in the community’s recycling rate. Beginning March 1, 2009, the Palo Alto Landfill will no longer accept commercially-generated loads of garbage. Residential waste generated from Palo Alto residences will continue to be accepted with the following guidelines: 

  • Resident must show a current driver’s license or CA ID card with a Palo Alto residential address,
  • Resident must bring or accompany the load of garbage to the landfill.  

The nearest facility that accepts commercially-generated garbage from Palo Alto is the Sunnyvale Materials Recovery and Transfer (SMaRT) Station located at 301 Carl Road, Sunnyvale. The nearest facility that accepts construction and demolition (C&D) debris for recycling is the Zanker Materials Recovery Facility located at 675 Los Esteros Road, San Jose.

To continue the City’s effort toward Zero Waste, the following materials will continue to be accepted from the commercial sector for recycling:

  • Yard trimmings;
  • Asphalt/concrete/rock (2 cubic yard maximum per load);
  • Special charge items—appliances, mattresses and box springs, tires (36” or less in diameter); and
  • Dirt (only as needed as determined by the Palo Alto Landfill Supervisor).

For more information, visit the City’s web site at