Recycling and Composting
- Buildings & Environments
- Education & Equity
- Toxics & Health
- Zero Waste
- Climate Change
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.
Additional Information for Recycling and Composting
San Francisco is habitat for 800,000 people – meeting needs for space to work, play, and learn; for food, water, and air; for community with local flora and fauna. SF Environment provides support for urban agriculture and forestry and green buildings, helping residents and businesses harness environmental opportunities.