Greenwaste Contract Update

Updated 8/2/2019


Greenwaste WORKSHOP:

  • Greenwaste Community Forum: Sunday, July 14, 2019 at 1:00 PM, Los Altos Hills Town Hall Council Chambers, 26379 Fremont Road, Los Altos Hills, CA.  Please see video recording below:
Gray Cart Swap Program:
Please view video below for animation on the Gray Cart Swap Program (available to small-truck-only & all on-premise customers)

Greenwaste Tour of the Material Recovery Facility in San Jose, CA

Once mixed recyclable materials are collected from homes and businesses, they are taken to a facility that is specifically designed to sort mixed materials into materials of like-type so they can be used to create new products. This tour will offer participants a first-hand look inside one of the most state-of-the-art Material Recovery Facilities, where GreenWaste Recovery, Inc. takes the Town’s mixed compostables (gray cart), recyclables (blue cart) and yard trimmings (green cart) materials for processing. This tour will demonstrate how mixed compostables, recyclables and yard trimming materials are all sorted under the same roof, accomplishing high recycling rates, ultimately diverting up to 95% of recyclables and 75% of materials away from landfill. 

Next Tours:

  • Fall Tour: November 15, 2019 (11:00 A.M. - Noon)
  • Winter Tour: February 7, 2020 (11:00 A.M. - Noon)

[CLICK HERE] to register for upcoming tours. Exclusivity for Los Altos Hills residents only. 

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Garbage Contract Timelines:

July 31, 2018 - GreenWaste contacts the Town to begin discussions to renew the Franchise Agreement.

August 16, 2018 - a subcommittee of the City Council was formed to review the franchise agreement for the collection of garbage, recyclables and yardwaste.

December 3, 2018 - Town management received from GreenWaste correspondence, “Contract Extension Rate Increase and Potential Options” including the updated cost proforma indicating that the actual revenue collected for FY 17/18 and 18/19 were $2.0M

and $2.22M while the expenses for those FYs were $2.20M and $2.26M respectively.

February 8, 2019 - Request for Proposal for the Collection of Garbage, Recyclable, and Compostable Materials, and Street Sweeping Services (RFP) was issued.

During the RFP advertisement period, staff received only two Requests for Clarification/Information specific to minimum diversion rate, scope of services, and transition schedule from the time of award of contract.

After further review and discussions between Town management, staff, and the Trash Ad-Hoc Committee, the decision was made to withdraw the RFP and to negotiate with GreenWaste.

The Council considered the GreenWaste proposal at the April 18, May 16 and June 20, 2019 regular City Council meetings.

Town Crier Articles
April 24, 2019 Town Crier Article

June 26, 2019 Town Crier Article

City Council Meeting Discussions: 

To view City Council Meeting Discussions on the GreenWatse contract, click hyperlinks below. (Media play will open in new tab)


Curbside vs. Small-Truck-Only Service Area Map (UPDATED 7/16/2018)

(Click on Map to enlarge)



Composting Information:

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Interested in home composting? See educational information from the University of California Agricultural and Natural Resources Website: 

Composting Basics Class:

SB 1383 Education and Outreach Resources


The SB 1383 draft regulations require that jurisdictions conduct education and outreach on organics recycling to all residents, businesses (including those that generate edible food that can be donated) haulers, solid waste facilities, and local food banks and other food recovery organizations

CLICK HERE to learn more about this draft regulation

For More Information / Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), please visit: 

Greenwaste, Los Altos Hills Website:

Frequently Asked Questions:

Recycle Stuff:

Suggested Reading/Products:

Garbage Hauling Hitch

Does your property have a long and/or steep driveway? 

CLICK HERE to see a suggested product which can assist in getting the garbage bins down to their designated spot on pick up day. 

Composting Basics Book

Did you know that only 10% of Town households compost on-site according to County survey? 

CLICK HERE to see a suggested book on how to compost more at your household. 

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Compost Book

Contact Information:

Carl Cahill, City Manager


Greenwaste Customer Service