What Goes Where Tools


Knowing what materials can go into your recycle and compost containers can be confusing.

This page gives you tools you need to know what materials can be recycled and composted.

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""What Goes Where Tools - Posters, guides, how-to videos and more
Technical Assistance - GreenWaste of Palo Alto is available to help

What Goes Where Tools

""Posters and Stickers
""How-to Videos
Sorting Game

GreenWaste of Palo Alto can provide you with posters, stickers, and guides or you can download them here. Contact GreenWaste at pacustomerservice@greenwaste.com or (650) 493-4894.


Posters and Stickers

 Sign Maker tool  Sign-Maker Tool - Make your own custom signs

 Recycle Poster Recycle Poster
 Compost Poster Compost Poster
 Landfill Poster Landfill Poster 
 Paper Towel Sign Paper Towel Sign
 Recycle, Compost, Landfill Stickers Recycle, Compost, Landfill Stickers - contact GreenWaste of Palo Alto to get stickers.



 What Goes Where Sorting Guide  What Goes Where Sorting Guide - a short list of what goes in your blue, green, and black containers.

 Detailed Materials Guide Detailed Materials Guide - a detailed list of what goes in your blue, green, and black containers.
 Single Family Residential Services guide Single-Family Residential Services Guide
 Multi Family Residential Services Guide Multi-Family Residential Services Guide
 Commericial Services Guide Commercial Services Guide 


How-to Videos



Waste Sorting  Waste Sorting In Palo Alto Schools - while this video was made for schools, the information works for everyone in Palo Alto 
 Waste Sorting Video - Business 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 green cart? 

 Food composting


Food Composting 


 What goes in my blue cart What goes in my blue cart?
 Should I rinse recyclables  Should I rinse recyclables?
 Recycling Plastics Recycling Plastics - What is accepted?

 Recycling Film Plastics


Recycling Film Plastics 


 Products made from multiple materials Products made from multiple materials 


Sorting Game

Play our fun online game

Play our fun online game to figure out What Goes Where!


If this section hasn’t been able to answer your questions, you can check our FAQ’s page or contact us.

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Technical Assistance

Recycling and composting is required in Palo Alto. If you need assistance starting or improving your recycling and/or composting program, contact:

GreenWaste of Palo Alto
(650) 493-4894

GreenWaste will help you:

  • 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.


container vendor list  Container vendor list - A list of vendors that sell recycle and compost containers
 Zero Waste Facilitators List  Zero Waste Facilitators -  Zero Waste Facilitators can aid in back-of-house sorting of materials.


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