San Francisco Department of the Environment

Recycle Even More!



You can now put these new items in your blue bin

  • Empty paper cups, such as coffee cups
  • Empty paper milk cartons
  • Juice boxes
  • Clean soft plastic bags & wrap collected together in a plastic bag


Please continue putting the following items in your green bin

  • Food Scraps
  • Paper to-go containers
  • Dirty paper
  • Products marked “compostable”
  • Yard trimmings


Only a few items belong in the black bin

  • Diapers
  • Toothpaste tubes
  • Potato chip bags, candy bar wrappers
  • Menstrual products
  • Pet poop, pet litter
  • Condiment packets

No Bin

Some items do not belong in any bin: 

  • Batteries 
  • Household chemicals 
  • Paint 
  • Medicine 
  • Electronics 
  • Fluorescent light bulbs 
  • Used motor oil 
  • Bulky items

Printable Signs

Recycling, Composting, Landfill Trifold, 8.5 x 11 (PDF)

Zero Waste