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Recycling and Composting Requirements - Businesses

Everyone in San Francisco is required to properly separate out their recyclables, compostables, and trash.

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Contact Information

For help setting up refuse collection service and other assistance, call Recology at (415) 330-1300.

Businesses

How to Comply
Property owners/managers must provide:

  • Color-coded, labeled bins in convenient locations: blue for recycling, green for composting, and black for trash
  • Education on what goes in each bin must be provided to tenants, employees, contractors, and janitors

Food vendors that provide disposable food service ware or to-go containers must:

  • Provide color-coded, labeled bins for use by customers and visitors
  • Place bins near a main exit in the establishment

Apartment Property Owners

How to Comply
Property owners/managers must provide color-coded, labeled bins in convenient locations: blue for recycling, green for composting, black for trash.

Request apartment starter kits and kitchen pails for tenants through Recology at 415-330-1300.

Contact Information
For help setting up refuse collection service and other assistance, call Recology at (415) 330-1300.


Related Content
Toolkit for Successful Participation
How to Save Money on Refuse Costs

Additional Resources
Mandatory Recycling and Composting Ordinance Factsheet - PDF
Where Does Your Recycling Go? - Video, Bay Curious, KQED News


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