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Recycling & Composting Requirements for Residents

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

How to Comply

Put items in the right bin. 

Learn how to recycle and compost in San Francisco >


Residential Property Owners

Tips

You may be able to lower your refuse bill:

  • Order a smaller trash bin by contacting Recology at 415-330-1300.
  • Recycle and compost more (send less to the landfill).

Contact Information

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

Additional Resources

How do I get a kitchen compost pail? 
Recycling, Composting, and Landfill Flyers - PDF 
Mandatory Recycling and Composting Ordinance Factsheet  - PDF 

Renters

Tips

Ask your property manager to provide composting, recycling, and trash service if it is unavailable.

  • If your property manager/landlord refuses to provide recycling and composting service, call SF Environment at 415-355-3700 for support. SF Environment will work with your property manager/landlord to set up the service.
  • For apartments, ask your property manager to request an apartment starter kit and kitchen pail.

Related Content

Save Money on Your Refuse Bill
Make sure you have recycling & composting service - Fill out this form if your property manager/landlord is unresponsive to requests for recycling and composting service.
Recycling, Composting, and Landfill Flyers  - PDF
Mandatory Recycling and Composting Ordinance Factsheet - PDF 
Myths about Recycling in San Francisco

 

Additional Resources

Where Does Your Recycling Go? - Video, Bay Curious, KQED News


Recycling and Composting Requirements - Businesses

 

 

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