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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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Recycling & Composting - San Francisco’s Mandatory Recycling and Composting Ordinance requires residents to separate their recyclables, compostables, and landfill trash.

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


Recycling & Composting - San Francisco’s Mandatory Recycling and Composting Ordinance requires all businesses in San Francisco to separate their refuse into recyclables, compostables and landfill trash. Whether you work in a restaurant, hotel, office building, or anywhere in the city, sorting your discards into recycling, composting, and landfill is required.

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)

C & D - By law, C&D debris material removed from a project must be recycled or reused. No C&D debris can be taken to landfill or put in the garbage.

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

Event Recycling

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

Mandatory Zero Waste Event Training 
Zero Waste Resources for Event Producers

City Staff - City and County employees are helping work towards San Francisco's goal of zero waste by 2020.

Zero Waste Coordinator Responsibilities
Virtual Warehouse: Reuse City-Owned Surplus Items

Safe Disposal

Recycling and Managing Toxic Products for City Departments

City Purchasing

Buying Green


Zero Waste by 2020
Recycling & Composting FAQs 
Zero Waste FAQs
Myths about Recycling in San Francisco - Does Recology sort the black bin? Is all plastic recyclable? Find out about SF Recycing myths.

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