The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has mandated a goal of zero waste by 2020.
Three-Cart Recycling, Composting and Trash Program
Learn more about recycling in San Francisco.
Learn more about composting in San Francisco.
Learn more about trash in San Francisco.
Various Cart Sizes Available
Larger carts or multiple blue and green carts are available at no additional charge for residential curbside customers. There is an additional monthly charge for larger black trash carts.
Got big stuff?
Recology offers two levels of service: Bulky Item Collection and Recycle My Junk.
- Bulky Item Collection (BIC) is offered to San Francisco residents only at no additional cost. Apartment tenants are entitled to one pickup per year and households are entitled to two pickups per year. Certain restrictions apply.
- Recycle My Junk is a low-cost hauling service that is offered to residential, multi-family, and commercial customers in the City of San Francisco for larger or more frequent pickups that do not qualify for BIC collection.
Got Toxic Stuff?
It is illegal to put items electronics, batteries, fluorescent and HID bulbs and lamps, paints, pesticides, and other chemicals in the trash.
Learn how to dispose of these items safely at no cost by visiting the Household Hazardous Waste page.
Visit the SF Dump
The San Francisco Transfer Station has a disposal area open to the public. If you need to haul your refuse yourself, see what we accept.
Debris Box Service
Recology provides debris box services for construction, demolition and recycling for building projects.
City and State law prohibit the theft of any recyclable materials. Recology Sunset Scavenger and Recology Golden Gate are the only collection companies authorized by the City of San Francisco to collect recycling from recycling carts or bins. If you see someone other than an employee of either company removing recyclables from a recycling cart or bin, obtain the vehicle license number, vehicle description, time and address of the theft, description of the person(s), and fill out our recycling theft form, or call (415) 330-1300 during normal business hours.
For your safety, do NOT confront the recycling thieves.