Stop Calling It Garbage

Few things, once they are used, are actually waste material. Among such things are latex gloves, non-recyclable plastics, snack packaging and other complex materials that were not designed to be recycled.

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What's more, most things are recoverable if they are not mixed together to create municipal solid waste (MSW).

“Waste” is created when materials that are reusable (like old furniture), compostable or recyclable are mixed with non-recyclable materials that contaminate them. Some materials are hazardous and need special handling.

Contact us to learn about what you’re throwing away that is recoverable.


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Get to Know Food Scraps and Yard Trimmings

The leftovers from your dinner and the clippings of brush and grass from your yard are called “organics”, which can be composted and turned to a beneficial soil amendment.

This material is sent to farmers who use it to replenish their soils, which get depleted of their nutrients after every harvest.

Paper & Cardboard

Get to Know Paper and Cardboard

Office and notebook paper, newspapers, magazines and cardboard are all recyclable. These materials are collected as part of our recycling programs and brought to our Materials Recovery Facilities (MRFs) where they are bundled and sent to mills for processing. Paper mills take the materials and reorganize them once again into new kinds of paper and cardboard. 


Get to Know Plastic

Did you know that a product that does not have a number within the chasing arrows symbol is not recyclable?

Not every community accepts plastics numbered 1-7.

Contact us if you have any questions on what can be recycled.

Universal Waste

Get to Know Universal Waste

Universal wastes are hazardous products containing materials created by a range of people and businesses. These products contain mercury, lead, cadmium, copper and other materials that are dangerous to human beings and the environment.

Among these products are batteries, fluorescent tubes and bulbs, and some electronic devices. These products require special handling should not be landfilled.


Product Stewardship

Electronic Waste ToterProduct stewardship is an approach to product and materials management that improves their utilization and promotes waste minimization. Under product stewardship, the consumer, the product designer, the manufacturer, and the recycler are called upon, as environmental stewards, to take responsibility for the design, manufacture, marketing, distribution, use, and recycling of the product.

As part of our product stewardship work, Recology provides educational programs to the communities we serve, and access to our Environmental Learning Center in San Francisco. We are proud to be a Platinum Business Partner with the California Product Stewardship Council.