Recycling and Managing Toxic Products for Businesses

Recycling & Managing Toxic Products for Businesses


San Francisco businesses must safely dispose of hazardous wastes.

Most businesses generate waste that is hazardous to the environment and our health. These include solvents, paints, cleaners, fluorescent lights, aerosol cans, printer ink, batteries, and other items. State law requires that these items be disposed of properly to protect our health and the environment. San Francisco businesses have various options available to safely recycle and dispose of hazardous waste.

Find a certified hazardous waste hauler.

Find certified local hazardous waste haulers providing on-site pick-up or drop-off locations, including resources for pick-up or drop-off of BatteriesCar BatteriesCoolantsFluorescent Bulbs & Tubes (CFLs)OilsLatex PaintOil based Acrylic or Lead PaintPrinting InkSolvents, and other waste. Empty aerosol cans, when both product and propellant have been completely discharged, can be recycled in your blue bin.

Take the hazardous waste to Recology.

Businesses that generate less than 220 pounds or 27 gallons of hazardous waste each month are eligible to use the City's low-cost hazardous waste disposal program called the Very Small Quantity Generator (VSQG) Program.  If you are a business in San Francisco, you can take the hazardous waste you generate to Recology.

The VSQG facility is open every other Wednesday. Be sure to make an appointment at (415) 330-1425. Make sure you have the name of your business, the type and amount of hazardous waste you will be bringing, and how you will bring it. Disposal fees vary by type and volume of waste, but are heavily subsidized by the city and minimal. Find out disposal fees.

Related Content

Very Small Quantity Generator (VSQG) Program Brochure (English / Español / 中文)  (PDF)
Proper Lighting Disposal FactSheet (PDF)

Additional Resources

What is accepted by Recology? (PDF) - Recology
How to Get an EPA ID - State of California
Register for a temporary EPA ID - State of California
Hazardous Materials and Waste Program - San Francisco Department of Public Health
UCSF's Work Matters Brochure (PDF) - University of California San Francisco