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SMaRT Station

See also new services at the Mountain View Recycling Center (July 2013)

What's the SMaRT Station?

Smart Station

The SMaRT Station is the materials recovery and refuse transfer facility shared by the cities of Mountain View, Palo Alto and Sunnyvale.

The Station is where our community's garbage, recycling and yard trimmings are processed to divert recyclable materials away from the landfill.  It is also where residents and businesses can bring extra garbage, recycling, construction materials, and vegetation in their own vehicles ("self-haul dumping"). 

The Station offers other services such as a Buy-Back & Drop Off Center where you can bring additional recyclables or get cash for bottles and cans.  It also provides containers for medical syringes, and accepts limited amounts of e-waste and universal wastes.  Finally, it offers paper shredding services three times a year.   

Location & Hours

SMaRT is located at 301 Carl Road, Sunnyvale (near the corner of Caribbean & Borregas Ave.). The Station is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. except on Thanksgiving Day (fourth Thursday in November), Christmas Day (December 25th) and New Year's Day (January 1st). Please call for more information at 408-752-8530.

In planning your visit, you may also want to avoid Sunnyvale's extra dump days for their residents, which occurs in the first two weeks of April and October each year.  If you need to access the Station at that time, you may bypass the long lines for their residents, which can back up on Caribbean Drive.  To bypass Sunnyvale lines, enter the station at 301 Carl Road (intersection Caribbean and Borregas streets) and stay in the left of the two lanes on Carl Road.  Sunnyvale residents will be in the right lane closest to the curb. 

Self-Haul Dumping

Residents and businesses of Mountain View, Palo Alto and Sunnyvale may dispose of trash, recycling, vegetation, construction and demolition debris, concrete, dirt and other materials at the SMaRT Station. SMaRT Station disposal rates are based on types of materials disposed per cubic yard.  All materials are processed for recycling before being transferred to a landfill for disposal. 

If you are a Mountain View resident living in a house, condo, townhouse or trailer park, you may exchange one of the three On Call Plus Clean Up Appointments for a Voucher to self-haul items to the Station.  Allow a week for mailing the voucher. See Related Links on the left side of this web page and click on Clean Up Programs & Dump Vouchers for more information.  

Don't forget to cover your load!  Starting December 1, 2011 all incoming loads at the SMaRT Station must be covered or be charged $15. A free tarp will be given to all uncovered loads that pay the fee.

Paper Shredding

Shred your personal documents and guard against identity theft. Documents are shredded onsite at the SMaRT Station (408.752.8530). Proof of residency in Mountain View, Palo Alto, or Sunnyvale is required.  Limit 5 bags/boxes of paper only (no mixed media) per household.  

     Hours:  8 a.m. - 12 Noon:

  • April 27, 2013  
  • August 24, 2013
  • November 2, 2013

Recycling Center

A Buy-Back Center for residents and businesses to redeem cash for bottles and cans labeled with California Redemption Value (CRV).

Compost is available to residents of Los Altos, Sunnyvale, Mountain View and Palo Alto. Residents need to bring their own shovel and containers, limit of the equivalent of three 32-gallon cans per week. 

Drop off the same recyclables accepted in residential recycling:

  • Paper and corrugated cardboard
  • Plastic # 1-7 containers.  Sorry, plastic bags are no longer accepted for recycling at the drop-off.  Please take back to the grocery store.
  • Glass bottles and jars (no auto glass or mirrors)
  • Aluminum and bi-metal food and beverage cans

  • Clothes and shoes
  • Used cooking oil (limit two 5-gallon containers).  You can also bring the oil in its original container so long as it has a screw top cap to prevent spills and no single bottle is more than 5 gallons. 

Limited Drop-Off of E-waste and Universal Waste

The SMaRT Station accepts limited types of e-waste and universal wastes (see bullet list below) at the Recycling Center Drop Off area.  However, If you have Household Hazardous Wastes such as paint, pesticides, solvents, brake fluid, balloon tanks, propane tanks, etc., please contact the County of Santa Clara Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) program for an appointment (required).  The County HHW program operates once a month at a location next door to the Station near the Sunnyvale Wastewater Treatment Plant.  Because this program operates on Sunnyvale land, their residents do not need to make an appointment, but other city residents must make an appointment.  To make an appointment, cee the Related Links to the left side of this web page.

  • Electronics: computers, TVs, monitors (limit four), small appliances
  • Fluorescent bulbs and tubes (20 tube limit) 
  • Household and auto batteries
  • Used motor oil and oil filters, cooking oil, antifreeze
  • Sharps (needles and lancets) 
  • Mercury items: thermostats, thermometers

SMaRT Station Tours/ Video Tours

The SMaRT Station is the materials recovery and refuse transfer facility shared by the cities of Mountain View, Palo Alto and Sunnyvale. Group tours are offered, by appointment, for visitors seeking to learn how garbage and recyclable materials from Mountain View, Palo Alto and Sunnyvale are processed and sorted for recycling at the SMaRT Station. Visitors in groups of 24 or less, aged 10 and older, must wear closed-toed shoes for protection. Or, watch our virtual tour via YouTube to show how the SMaRT Station equipment processes materials.

The Santa Clara County Audubon Society conducts birding tours on the closed landfill in Sunnyvale every first Wednesday of the month at 1 p.m.

Contact Info
SMaRT Station
301 Carl Road
Sunnyvale, CA 94089-1012

Open Daily 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Days

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