Recycling and Composting

Programs to compost or recycle just about everything
Zero Waste by 2020
Recyclables and compostables are not allowed in the trash in San Francisco, which goes directly to a landfill. Materials in your blue bin are made into new bottles, cans, and other products. Food, soiled-paper and plants in your green bin are composted into nutrient-rich soil used by local farms.
Mandatory Recycling and Composting
Since October 2009 Mandatory Recycling and Composting requires everyone in San Francisco to separate their refuse into recyclables, compostables and trash.



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San Francisco’s Mandatory Recycling and Composting Ordinance requires residents to separate their recyclables, compostables, and landfill trash. Find tools and resources to help you and your household compost and recycle so our city can reach zero waste.


San Francisco’s Mandatory Recycling and Composting Ordinance requires everyone in San Francisco to separate their refuse into recyclables, compostables and landfill trash. Whether you work in a restaurant, hotel, office building, or anywhere in the city, San Francisco's recycling and compost collection program is available.


The City and County of San Francisco has a Construction and Demolition Ordinance that requires maximum recycling and reuse of construction and demolition (C&D) debris material.


Every event held in San Francisco is required to offer recycling and composting at the event. We offer special assistance and signage to help events comply with the Mandatory Composting and Recycling Ordinance.


San Francisco City and County employees are leaders in environmental protection and are helping achieve our goal of zero waste by 2020. We offer free tools to help our city employees prevent waste, reuse, recycle, compost, and buy green to conserve resources and save money.

The Mandatory Recycling and Composting Ordinance requires everyone in San Francisco - businesses, residents, and City employees - to keep recyclables and compostables out the landfill by recycling and composting everything possible. Read>

Additional Information for Recycling and Composting

Food Waste Diversion Promoted On The Street
As part of San Francisco’s Zero Waste mission, hauler uses collection trucks to communicate value of source separated organics and recyclables.
Case Study: San Francisco Fantastic Three Program
San Francisco is the first large U.S. city to initiate a large-scale curbside collection program for food discards.