Single-family residences are standalone homes or multi-unit dwellings of four (4) units or less that receive weekly collection and processing service of materials collected from blue, green, and black carts.
Collection does NOT occur on New Year’s Day (Jan. 1), Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday in Nov.) or Christmas Day (December 25). If an observed holiday falls on a regular collection day, collection for the remainder of the week will be delayed by one day.
Single-family residents in Palo Alto receive weekly curbside collection service of garbage, recyclable materials, and compostables. All materials must be ready for collection no later than 6:00AM on your normal collection day.
GARBAGE/LANDFILL: Please place all garbage/landfill materials in your BLACK cart. Standard service is (1) 32 gallon cart. If you need additional capacity, you may also obtain a 64 or 96 gallon cart. The minimum service is a 20 gallon cart.
RECYCLE: Please place all recyclable materials in your BLUE cart. Standard service is (1) 64-gallon cart. Service is also available in 32 or 96 gallon carts.
COMPOST: Please place all compostable materials in your GREEN cart. Standard service is (1) 96 gallon compost cart. Service is also available in 20, 32, or 64 gallon carts.
BULKY ITEM COLLECTION: Residents may request the collection of bulky items (beyond those included in the Clean Up Day program) on their regular service day for a fee. To schedule this service, call Customer Service at least one week in advance.
EXTRA MATERIALS: Please increase service if you regularly have extra materials. Occasional (once or twice per year) extra materials can be collected as follows:
- GARBAGE: Extra garbage can be collected for an additional fee. Contact Customer Service to schedule.
- RECYCLABLE MATERIALS: Place in a paper bag, cardboard box, or 2’ x 3’ bundles next to your recyclables cart(s) or set out on a Clean Up Day.
- YARD TRIMMINGS: Place in a paper bag, cardboard box, or 2’ x 4’ bundles next to your compostables cart(s) or set out on a Clean Up Day.
E-WASTE COLLECTION: Small electronic waste can be placed in your blue recycle cart(s). Televisions and computer monitors are not accepted. Large or bulky electronic waste can be collected as part of the Clean Up Day program or on a regular service day for a fee. To schedule this service, call Customer Service at least one week in advance.
HOLIDAY TREE COLLECTION: For the four weeks following Christmas day, holiday trees will be collected curbside. Trees must be undecorated, unflocked, cut to four-foot lengths with stands removed, and placed curbside next to your green compostables cart(s).
PHYSICAL LIMITATIONS PROGRAM: Back/side yard service will be provided to customers with physical limitations at no additional charge. To request this service, contact Customer Service or complete the physical limitations program application.
Billing & Rates
Find Your Clean Up Day
To find out your next Clean Up Day, enter your utility account number and street address (e.g., “123 Alma”) below.
Unwanted or unused toxic household items such as paint, chemicals, pesticides, batteries, propane tanks, etc. can be disposed of at the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Station in Palo Alto.
Please visit the Palo Alto Hazardous Waste Program website or contact Zero Waste Palo Alto at (650) 496-5910 for more information.
Additionally, residents may place the following household hazardous waste items curbside during a pre-scheduled Clean Up Day:
Zero Waste Initiatives and Programs in Palo Alto
- Citywide Yard Sale
- Compost Giveaway Station
- Deconstruction and Construction Materials Management Ordinance
- Disposable FoodWare Ordinance
- Recycle Ready
- Recycling and Composting Ordinance
- Repair Café
- Residential Food Scraps Collection
- School Zero Waste Champions
- Special Events and Party Planning
- Zero Waste Block Leaders
- Zero Waste Holiday
- Zero Waste Living
- Zero Waste Palo Alto Homepage