A few more city services have become available again to Palo Alto residents, though they can expect some changes due to the coronavirus crisis.
Anyone who wants to get rid of paint, medication, cleaning products and other unwanted items through the Household Hazardous Waste Station can do so starting Saturday, June 20, when the facility reopened.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, any resident who plans to visit must first place their waste in their car trunk, which should be cleared of any items they don't want to dispose of. In addition, residents must wear face masks and stay in their cars throughout the entire visit. Car windows should also be closed. Visitors can provide their proof of residency by holding it up on the driver's side window.
The limit of 15 gallons (or 125 pounds) of waste per visit in containers that are 5 gallons or less still applies. The center will be open 9-11 a.m. on Saturdays and 3-5 p.m. on the first Friday of the month (there will be holiday closures, including July 3-4 for the Fourth of July).
The Palo Alto Library will soon help bookworms in person again through new sidewalk services that launched this week. On Monday, the library system began accepting returns of checked out books at special bins at the Mitchell Park and Rinconada branches from noon to 5 p.m. All return dates for checked-out books have been extended to July 31. Returned books will be quarantined for 72 hours as a precaution.
Starting Friday, June 26, users can place a hold online and pick up their items by scheduling a 30-minute appointment slot. The service will be available only on weekdays from noon to 5 p.m. at the Mitchell Park and Rinconada branches, where people must stay 6 feet apart while in line and wear a face covering. To learn more, visit cityofpaloalto.org.
Information on ongoing service changes across multiple city departments can be found here.