San Francisco Environment Department

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Everyone has an equal right to a healthy and safe environment.


Opportunities for Businesses

Become a San Francisco Green Business

Safe Disposal, Recycling, Reuse Requirements

San Francisco requires businesses to sort their waste into recycling, composting, and landfill, and to properly dispose of hazardous items (or things that can become dangerous while being transported) at take-back collection centers or through registered pick-up services.  

Recycling and Composting Requirements
Recycling Guide
Safely Dispose of Toxic Products

Waste Prevention & Toxics Reduction Policies

Food vendors, restaurants, retail stores must follow San Francisco City Ordinances.

Plastic, Litter, and Toxics Reduction Law
Food Service Waste Reduction Ordinance 
Checkout Bag Ordinance
Polystyrene Foam and the Food Service and Packaging Waste Reduction Ordinance
Food Recovery Requirements


Commuter Benefits Ordinance


Energy Incentives, Financing, and Requirements

Healthy Ecosystems

Pest Prevention Strategies

Climate Change

San Francisco Climate Action Strategy (PDF)

Please call the San Francisco Department of the Environment at (415) 355-3700 for more information about San Francisco environmental issues, programs and opportunities.

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