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Waste Collection Schedule During the Holidays

Your recycle, compost, and garbage collection day may change during the holidays. If your regular collection day falls on or after the holiday, your collection day will be moved to the next day.


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Document Shredding Events

Shredding events will be held at the SMaRT Station in Sunnyvale.

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New! Expanded Clean Up Day Service

Starting September 2019, the Clean Up Day service will be more frequent and will take additional items.


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Waste Collection Service Operates on 4th of July

There will be no change in your recycling, compost, and garbage collection service if your pick-up day is on the 4th of July holiday, as waste collection operators are working that day.


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Biennial Citywide Yard Sale Returns, Reduces Landfill Items

It’s time once again to register for the biennial Citywide Yard Sale which is taking place on Saturday, June 1, 2019, from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.


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Electric Refuse Truck Paves Way for Another Palo Alto First

Another “first” for Palo Alto as it gets ready to roll out the Bay Area’s first all-electric refuse collection truck.


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Halloween Costume Swap on October 8, from 1-3 PM

Bring your gently used Halloween costumes, decorations, goodie bags and other holiday items to trade with your neighbors.
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Recycle, Compost and Landfill Collection Changes

New collection vehicles and collection route changes will affect some Palo Alto residents starting September 1, 2015.
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Food scraps can now go in your green cart!

You can now put all of your food scraps and soiled paper directly into your green cart.
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What’s Happening at Byxbee Park

Byxbee Park Update
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Shop the Palo Alto Citywide Yard Sale on June 6

Over 200 yard sales will be held in Palo Alto on Saturday June 6, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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JUST EAT IT: A food waste story

Special Palo Alto screening of this award winning film!
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Street Sweeping Schedule Change

Every Other Week Service Starts February 16, 2015
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Energy/Compost Facility Consideration

This webpage is the third in a series of webpages as an Energy/Compost Facility in Palo Alto is considered.
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Shop The Palo Alto Citywide Yard Sale

What does a 1930s Wedgewood stove, guitar, hamster habitat and chain saw have in common? They're all for sale, along with a variety of other items, at the over 320 yard sales being held in Palo Alto on Saturday June 8, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Every-Other-Week Street Sweeping Pilot Project

The City is conducting a pilot project to test every-other-week street sweeping service during the non-leaf season months of March through September.
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Residential Two-Cart Collection Pilot Project

The pilot project will evaluate residential compostables collection implemented through a two cart waste sorting system.
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Giving Gifts This Year?

Present them in style, not in wrapping paper.
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Bay-Friendly Garden Tour

Showcasing Beautiful Gardens Using Natural Gardening Techniques
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Zero Waste Block Leaders

Neighborhood Zero Waste 'Experts' To Answer Your Questions & Foster Neighborhood Efforts.

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Zero Waste Video Blog

Hear community members share their stories of what they are doing to create Zero Waste
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Zero Waste System

Learn about the components of a Zero Waste system and how it relates to you
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Zero Waste Means Doing Something

The Palo Alto community has a goal of Zero Waste (no waste to landfills) by 2021. The achieve this, we need everyone's help
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Recyclopedia

Find out where to reuse and recycle your unwanted items
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GREENLIGHT Film Festival Event Location & Information

Details and directions to the Greenlight Film Festival event April 19, 2012
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Changes to Garbage and Recycling - Help Shape Our Future

Palo Alto has experienced a major decrease in waste disposal (a good thing), but a significant shortfall in funding for our Refuse Fund (a bad thing). There are four key drivers shaping the future of how we deal with waste in our community.
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Energy/Compost Feasibility Study

On April 5, 2010 the Palo Alto City Council directed staff to hire a consultant to conduct a Feasibility Study for a dry anaerobic digestion facility on the southeast side of Palo Alto's wastewater treatment plant ("Plant"). (See "April 5, 2010 City Council Meeting Results." )
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