Garbage & Recycling

GreenWaste Recovery will begin providing service to the Town on January 1, 2021. Atherton customers will receive Mixed Compostables, Recyclable Materials and Yard Trimmings service. 

GreenWaste Recovery (Transition)
(650) 798-5999 

Community Workshops: 

Saturday, January 9, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM 



Trash, Recyclables and Organics Collection

Trash, recyclables and organics are collected weekly.

Residents are encouraged to place the recycling containers at the curb no sooner than the evening prior to the pickup and to remove them as soon as possible after pickup, but no later than the evening of pickup.

Service schedules remain the same as in previous years. Please refer to the map or you can contact GreenWaste for additional questions. 

Complaints About Service

Residents should first contact GreenWaste Recovery at (650) 798-5999 about their concerns. In general, most problems can be resolved with a phone call. The Town's agreement requires GreenWaste to be responsive to residents' needs, and procedures are in place if there are patterns of poor customer service.

GreenWaste Recovery:

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Atherton Residential Days of Collection

Mandatory Commercial Recycling - AB 341

The new California Assembly Bill (AB) 341 requires all businesses that generate four (4) or more cubic yards of garbage per week to recycle by July 1, 2012. The specific statutory language for AB 341 can be found in the State’s Public Resources Code: PRC Division 30, Part 3, Chapter 12.8, Section 42649.

Businesses include, but are not limited to:

  • Office buildings
  • Retail
  • Restaurants
  • Non-profits
  • Strip malls
  • Government offices
  • Schools

 The purpose of the new law is to:

  • Reduce garbage from landfills
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Other compliance

In addition to having recycling services services provided by GreenWaste Recovery, customers can also self-haul the recyclables or arrange for pickup services.

Construction and Demolition Debris

Atherton requires applicants for demolition and building permits to execute and adhere to a Waste Reduction and Recycling Plan. Contact the Town’s Building Department for additional information.

For additional information about recycling programs contact: 


San Mateo County Recycling Program 1-888-442-2666

San Mateo County Household Hazardous Waste (650) 363-4718