Residential Services

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has mandated a goal of zero waste by 2020.

You can be part of the solution! Help save natural resources and reduce the amount of trash going to landfills. 


Residential Customers:

Check your service day and sign up for collection reminders using our new application!

Get it on Google Play       Download on the App Store


Three-Cart Recycling, Composting and Trash Program

 Blue Recycling CartAll clean paper, bottles, cans, and most plastics can go in the blue recycling collection cart.

Learn more about recycling in San Francisco.


Green Compost CartAll food scraps, soiled paper, and plants can go in the green composting collection cart.

Learn more about composting in San Francisco


Black Trash CartWhat is trash? Not much!

Learn more about trash in San Francisco.




Got big stuff?

mattressBulky Item Recycling is offered to San Francisco residents at no charge. Apartment tenants are entitled to one pickup per year and households are entitled to two pickups per year. Certain restrictions apply.

Request a pickup!


Got Toxic Stuff?

electronicsIt 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. 

Learn about services at the dump, and about other programs at the transfer station.


Debris Box Service

debrisbox-smRecology provides debris box services for construction, demolition and recycling for building projects. 

Order a debris box.




Recycling Theft

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.