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Holiday Garbage & Recycling Collection

Schedules, Trees, Lights, Extra Recycling


Holiday Schedule

Collection skips a day on holidays!

There will be no garbage or recycling collection on Thanksgiving (November 27), Christmas Day (December 25) or New Year's Day (January 1).  All of these holidays occur on a Thursday. 

Collection will occur one day later. If your regular collection day is Thursday, collection will occur on Friday.  If your regular collection day is Friday, collection will occur on Saturday.  For more information, click here.

On Call Plus Clean Up

To allow for holiday tree collection, there will be no clean up appointments scheduled between December 25, 2014 and January 23, 2015.  However, vouchers to the SMaRT Station will still be available, and may be used in January.  Call Recology at 650-967-3034 for more information or visit Clean Up Program.

Tree Recycling 

Trees will be collected from homes with cart service at no charge between December 26, 2014 and January 23, 2015.

  • Place undecorated green or flocked trees at the curb on your regular recycling day.
  • Remove metal stands and cut trees into 5-foot sections (to fit in truck).
  • Residential properties with dumpster service (most apartments, certain condos and townhomes) must arrange tree collection service in advance.  Please do not  set out trees in the street. Call Recology at 650-967-3034.
  • Visit Holiday Collection & Trees for more information.
Extra Holiday Recycling for Homes

Extra recycling will be collected from homes with cart service on your regular recycling day at no charge between December 26, 2014 and January 9, 2015:

  • Place cans and bottles in one paper bag or small box next to your cart.
  • Place mixed paper, newspaper, small cardboard together in another paper bag or small box.
  • In the event of rain, please double-bag your recycling.
  • Flatten and bundle (tie or tape) cardboard pieces (no larger than 3' by 3').
  • Visit Holiday Collection and Extra Collection Services.
Greening Your Holidays 

Want to make your holidays greener? Here's a list of some easy things you can do.

  • Make Your Own Wrapping Paper with old maps, the comics section of a newspaper, or children's artwork. Or use a scarf, attractive dish towel, bandana, or some other useful cloth item. If every family wrapped just three gifts this way, it would save enough paper to cover 45,000 football fields.
  • Donate to a Charity in honor of a loved one rather than giving a physical gift.
  • Give an Experience with a gift of concert, theater or sporting event tickets, personal service gift certificates or museum and park memberships. 
  • Recycle Your Old Cell Phone if you are gifted with a new one. Recycling will prevent hazardous materials like mercury, cadmium and lead from ending up in our landfills. For information on how to recycle your cell phone, visit and click on "E-Waste."
  • Buy Energy-Saving LED Holiday Lights that use 90% less energy than conventional holiday lights, and save up to $50 on your energy bills during the holiday season!
  • Buy from local merchants rather than internet sales to keep your tax dollars supporting services to the community.

Recycle Old Tree Lights
Recycle broken or burned-out holiday lights by taking them to the SMaRT Station, mailing them to recyclers, or using them for craft projects:

SMaRT Station
, 301 Carl Road, Sunnyvale, CA.  Strands of lights that have seen their last holiday, whether broken or working, can now be dropped off for recycling at the SMaRT Station Recycling Center, located at 301 Carl Road, Sunnyvale, open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, except Christmas and New Year's Days.
Put lights in the large U-waste (universal waste) collection container labeled "Holiday Light Recycling" and "Residents Only" located in the Buy-Back area. There are no restrictions on the numbers of strands allowed for drop off by residents at this time.

Home Depot, 680 Kifer Road, Sunnyvale.  Recycle old tree lights and compact fluorescent bulbs.

Christmas Light Source Recycling Program4313 Elmwood Drive, Benbrook, TX 76116.  The bulbs will be recycled (not incinerated), and proceeds will be used to purchase books for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation in their area. You’ll also get a coupon to save 10 percent on a future order of replacement bulbs.

For more information about Zero Waste & Recycling, visit