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Residential Recycling, Composting & Trash Services

As a resident of San Francisco, it is easy to recycle, compost and dispose of your refuse from your single family home or apartment.

Together, we can close the loop on organic and recyclable materials and prevent them from going to landfills. 

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Recycling

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You can now put more types of material than ever in the blue bin recycling container.

 

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Acceptable Recycling Materials
Only place recyclable materials into your recycling container!
Please rinse food and beverage containers and crush plastics.

Metal (No liquids or food)

  • Aluminum cans
  • Aluminum foil and trays (ball foil up to softball size)
  • Caps and lids from bottles, jars and steel (tin) cans
  • Paint cans (must be empty or dry)
  • Spray cans (must be empty)
  • Steel (tin) cans

 

Plastic (Except those labeled "compostable". No plastic bags, wrappers or Styrofoam.)

  • Bottles (leave caps on)
  • Buckets (metal handle ok)
  • CD's, DVD's, CDROM & Cases (remove paper insert)
  • Coffee cup lids
  • Containers and clamshells
  • Corks - plastic
  • Cups and plates (plastic only, no Styrofoam)
  • Flower pots and trays - plastic
  • Laundry detergent bottles
  • Molded plastic packaging
  • Toys (no electronics, metal or batteries)
  • Tubs and lids (ie: yogurt containers and Tupperware)
  • Utensils - plastic

Paper (Clean, dry and unsoiled)

  • Bags (paper only, no plastic)
  • Cardboard (non-waxed)
  • Cereal boxes and Paperboard(remove plastic liner)
  • Computer and office paper
  • Egg cartons
  • Envelopes (windows okay)
  • Junk mail and magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Packing or Kraft paper
  • Phonebooks
  • Sticky notes
  • Shredded paper
    (place in sealed paper
    bag and label "Shredded Paper")
  • Wrapping paper
    (non-metallic)

 

Glass (No liquids or food)

  • Glass bottles and jars only
    (metal caps and lids too)

Unacceptable Recycling Materials
Please do not place the following non-recyclable materials into your blue container!

 

 

 

 

Do You Have Extra Recycling?

emblem-importantRecycling bin-fullIf you have extra recycling, you may place extra cardboard in a bin, cardboard box or paper bag next to your blue bin at the curb. The cardboard must be broken down to a manageable size (2’x2’) max. The lid on your bin must be fully closed at pickup. Additional collection charges may apply. Contact us to change the size of your cart.

Visit SF Environment's website for options to donate reusable items.

Printable Items

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Composting

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We accept all food scraps, soiled paper, and plants in the green composting bin. Only bio-plastics labeled "compostable" and displaying a green or brown stripe may be put there.

Contact us to change the size of any of your carts or to get a free kitchen pail.

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Acceptable Composting Materials
Only place materials accepted for composting in your compost bin!

Food Scraps (Anything that used to be alive)

  • Bread, grains and pasta
  • Coffee grounds with paper filter
  • Dairy
  • Eggshells and eggs
  • Fruit (pits and shells too)
  • Leftovers and spoiled food
  • Meat (including bones)
  • Seafood (including shellfish)
  • Tea and tea bags
  • Vegetables

 

Food Soiled Paper

  • Coffee filters
  • Greasy pizza boxes
  • Paper cups and plates
  • Paper ice cream containers
    (metal or plastic rim is OK)
  • Paper bags, napkins, tissues and towels
  • Paper take-out boxes and containers
    (metal handle OK)
  • Tissues
  • Waxy paper milk and juice cartons
    (no foil liner, plastic spout OK)

Plants (Extra yard trimmings must be boxed, bundled or placed in brown paper bags less than 40lbs per item and placed next to the green cart for collection.)

  • Branches and brush
  • Flowers and floral trimmings
  • Grasses and weeds
  • Leaves
  • Tree trimmings
    (less than 6 inches in diameter and 4 feet long)

 

Other

  • Cotton balls and cotton swabs
  • Hair, fur, and feathers (non-synthetic)
  • Plastic and cutlery clearly labeled "Compostable"
    (green stripe or sticker to allow for easy identification)
  • Vegetable wood crates (metal wire is okay)
  • Waxed cardboard and paper
  • Wood - small pieces of lumber or sawdust from clean wood only
    (no plywood, pressboard, painted,
    stained or treated wood)
  • Wooden chop sticks

 

Unacceptable Composting Materials
Please do not place the following materials into your green container!

 

 

 

 

 

Do You Have Extra Yard Trimmings?

emblem-importantPlace your extra yard trimmings next to your green bin in a compostable bag or bundle them together with string into a manageable size (2'x3'). Please do not leave food scraps outside of your bin! The lid on your bin must be fully closed at pickup. Additional collection charges may apply. Contact us to change the size of your cart.

 

Printable Items

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You will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to view these files.

 

Trash

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Few things, once they are used, are actually trash. Among such things are non-recyclable plastics and other complex materials that were not designed to be recycled.

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AcceptableTrash Cart Items
Only place materials that cannot be reused or recycled in your trash bin!

  • Cat litter and animal feces (bagged)
  • Ceramic dishware or glassware
  • Clothing linens and rags
  • Cigarette Butts (extinguished - run under water prior to disposal)
  • Dental floss
  • Diapers
  • Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Foil-backed or plastic-backed paper
  • Glass mirrors and windows
  • Incandescent light bulbs
    (no fluorescents or HIDs)
  • Juice or soy milk type boxes with foil liner
  • Mylar (shiny metal) bags (potato chips, candy bars, balloons, etc)
  • Pens and pencils
  • Plastic bags, wrappers and film
    (not labeled "Compostable")
  • Plastic items mixed with metal, fabric or rubber
  • Plastic labeled "Biodegradable" only
  • Rubber bands
  • Six-pack ring holder - please cut up
  • Sponges
  • Styrofoam
  • Twist Ties
  • Wood - small pieces of plywood, pressboard, and painted or stained wood

 

 

Unacceptable Trash Materials
Please do not place the following materials into your trash cart!


 

 

 

Do You Have Extra Trash?

emblem-importantIf you have extra trash, that does not fit in your cart, set it out in a sealed bag on top of your cart. Your Recology collector will pick it up and charge your account for the extra service. Contact us to change the size of your cart.

Learn more about trash and zero waste.

 

Printable Items

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