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Peninsula Sanitary Service/Stanford Recycling

In 2018, Stanford University diverted 64% of its waste from landfill through a comprehensive program of source reduction, reuse, recycling, and composting.  Our goal is to reduce waste, reuse what we can, and divert all recyclables and compostables away from landfill.  With proper sorting, we can achieve a Zero Waste Stanford!

For over 50 years, Peninsula Sanitary Service, Inc. (PSSI) and the Stanford Recycling Center has partnered with the University to provide the greater Stanford University community with recycling, composting, and solid waste management services.

NOTICE: As of May 10, 2021, the Peninsula Sanitary Service Public Recycling Center is open Monday to Saturday from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

*Please observe social distancing and mask wearing requirements.


Bins - What kind of bin do you need?

We use several kinds and sizes of bins to collect waste.  Take a look here to familiarize yourself with the bins we use on campus to collect recyclables, compostables, and landfill trash.

Deskside Paper and Mini Trash Can Program

Are you among the 100 buildings or 8500 people on campus that have switched to new deskside paper recycling and mini trash can program?  Get more information here.

Compost, Compost, Compost

Ready to compost your food scraps, food soiled paper and compostable plastics?  We have the resources to help set up a program in your building.

Special Events - Recycling, Composting & Trash Bins

For detailed information on our Event Bins - Please visit our Event Recycling, Compost & Trash Page. 

We are happy to help you figure how many to order.

  • All recycling, composting and trash bins are handled by PSSI. Bins are generally provided on a 1:1 ratio of recycling, composting, landfill.
  • Outdoor garbage pick-up services are provided by the Grounds Department.
  • Indoor garbage pick-up services are provided by our Custodial Vendor.
  • All other requests for Event Services must be submitted using the Event Services request form.

Help your event reduce waste and become a Cardinal Green Event!  

Zero Waste Education and Training

We love to teach people on campus how to properly sort their waste to achieve the highest level of diversion!  We offer

Contact us to schedule.

Stanford University's Waste Reduction Program

Stanford has one of longest running university recycling programs in the country with roots going back to 1976.  We practice the 5R's of Resource Management

  • Reduce
  • Reuse
  • Recycle
  • Rot (Compost)
  • Buy Recycled

We are proud of our success and the support of our community!