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Zero Waste

Zero Waste means waste prevention, reducing consumption, reusing, recycling, and composting with nothing going to landfill or incineration.

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Zero Waste by 2020
Recycling & Composting FAQs 
Zero Waste FAQs
SF Recycling Myths


Find tools and resources to help tenants, single-family and multi-family households improve participation in programs and help the City achieve its Zero Waste goal.

How to Recycle & Compost
Recycling & Composting Requirements

Safe Disposal
Household Hazardous Waste
Bulky Items

Tools & Resources
Tools for Property Managers

Prevent Waste
Love food (food waste prevention)
Bring your own bag (checkout bag ban)
Stop Junk Mail
Consumer Responsibility
Producer Responsibility


Whether you work in a restaurant, hotel, office building, or anywhere in the city, sorting your discards into the correct bins is required. View resources to improve participation and compliance with the City's zero waste policies.

Recycling and composting requirements
How to recycle and compost

Safe Disposal
Recycling & Managing Toxic Products

Tools & Resources
Tools for Businesses

Prevent Waste
Checkout Bag Ordinance
Polystyrene Foam and the Food Service and Packaging Waste Reduction Ordinance

Construction & Demolition (C&D)

San Francisco has an ordinance that requires maximum reuse and recycling of material and debris generated during construction and demolition projects.

C & D Debris Recovery Requirements
C & D Forms and Resources

Event Recycling

Every event held in San Francisco is required to offer recycling and composting at the event. Receive special assistance and signage to help your event comply with San Francisco's Mandatory Recycling and Composting Ordinance.

Mandatory Zero Waste Event Training 
Zero Waste Resources for Event Producers

City employees are environmental ambassadors who are leading by example. Resources are available to help City staff prevent waste, reuse, recycle, compost, and buy green to conserve resources and and save money.

Zero Waste Coordinator Responsibilities

Virtual Warehouse: Reuse City-Owned Surplus Items

How to recycle and compost 

Safe Disposal
Recycling and Managing Toxic Products for City Departments

City Purchasing
Buying Green

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