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Residential Recycling, Organics & Garbage Services

Recology San Bruno specializes in resource recovery programs and provides recycling, composting and garbage services to single family and multi-family homes. 

Resource recovery is more important than ever before. To preserve our natural resources, we work to close the loop on organic and recyclable materials by diverting them from going to landfills. Whether you are looking for recycling and compost services or garbage collection, Recology San Bruno provides a range of options to you.

 

Recycling

Recology South Bay - Blue Recycling BinRecycling is more important today than it has ever been before. In order to keep our communities safe and clean, we all must pitch in to help recycle and reuse as much as possible.

We provide a convenient, single stream curbside recycling collection program which eliminates the need to sort recyclables. This service is free to all residential customers with their regular garbage collection.

 

 



Acceptable Recycling Materials
Only place recyclable materials into your recycling container!
Please rinse food and beverage containers and crush plastics.

Aseptic Containers  Aseptic containers are sterile cardboard containers with a metallic or foil liner. Aseptic containers are used to preserve food.

  • Cardboard milk cartons.
  • Cardboard orange juice cartons
  • Fruit juice boxes

Glass All colors of beverage and food containers

  • Beverage bottles (beer, juice, soda)
  • Mayonnaise jars
  • Spaghetti sauce jars

Aluminum & Bi-Metal

  • Aluminum foil (clean)
  • Rinsed food and beverage cans
    (aluminum, steel, and tin)
  • Empty aerosol cans
  • Loose lids from jars

Plastic

  • All containers #1 - #7 (no Styrofoam containers)
  • Black plastic (flower pots, tubs)
  • Buckets
  • Detergent and shampoo containers
  • Milk and orange juice jugs
  • Party cups, utensils, straws
  • Water bottles
  • Yogurt, margarine and butter tubs

 

Batteries
  • Recycle household batteries by sealing them in a clear plastic bag and placing them ON TOP of your recycling cart.

 

Paper
Most clean and dry household paper:

  • Cardboard (flattened and broken down)
  • Computer, copy and fax paper
  • Envelopes
  • File folders
  • Food boxes (cereal, crackers, remove liners)
  • Glossy paper
  • Junk mail
  • Magazines, catalogs and phone books
  • Newspaper
  • Paper bags
  • Paper egg cartons
  • Paperback & phone books
  • Shredded paper (to help reduce litter, please place shredded paper in paper bags before placing in cart)
  • Soft-cover and hard-cover books

 


Unacceptable Recycling Materials
Please do not place the following non-recyclable materials into your blue container!

Construction Debris
  • Concrete, rocks, dirt

 

Electronic / Universal Waste

  • Televisions, computers, cell phones, batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, mercury switches

 

Un-Recyclable Glass, Metal, Paper and Plastic

 

  • Styrofoam blocks, Styrofoam containers, Styrofoam peanuts

Household Hazardous Waste

  • Paints, solvents, cooking oil, motor oil, cleaners, corrosives, fuel tanks - propane tanks

 

Green Waste

  • Grass, leaves, tree and bush cuttings

 

Organics

green compost collection cartDon't send your food scraps and landscape material to the landfill; compost them instead! Other than being the environmentally friendly thing to do, most residents who participate in the compost collection program see a significant decrease in their garbage. So put your food scraps and yard trimmings in the Compost cart instead of the Garbage cart, and help us all achieve Waste Zero!

We accept all food scraps, soiled paper and yard trimmings in the green cart.

Your green cart is serviced weekly with your blue and grey carts.

kitchen compost collection pailKitchen Pails

Please use your kitchen pail to collect your food scraps and soiled paper products and then empty the contents into your green cart.

Note:Organic/Compostable bags are not allowed in this program. Please refer to the Kitchen Pail Insert PDF for alternatives.

If you didn't receive your kitchen pail please let us know.

 

You CAN Compost

Please, No

Food Scraps

  • Bread, grains and pasta
  • Coffee grounds (and filters)
  • Dairy
  • Eggshells
  • Fish and shellfish
  • Fruit, including pits
  • Meat, including bones
  • Poultry
  • Vegetables

 

Soiled Paper Products

  • Coffee filters
  • Greasy pizza boxes
  • Paper cups:
    (including chain store coffee cups) and plates
  • Paper ice cream containers
  • Paper bags, napkins and towels
  • Paper take-out boxes and containers
  • Paper tea bags
  • Waxed cardboard and paper
  • Wine corks

 

Yard Trimmings

  • Branches and brush
  • Christmas Trees (cut to pieces)
  • Flowers and floral trimmings
  • Grasses and weeds
  • Leaves
  • Tree trimmings
  • Animal waste
  • Concrete, asphalt, stones, sod, dirt and bricks
  • Cooking oil
  • Diapers
  • Juice or soy milk boxes with foil liner
  • Liquids and ice
  • Recyclables:
    (glass, aluminum, paper, plastics 1-7)
  • Palm fronds
  • Plastic/Compostable bags
  • Plastic corks
  • Plywood
  • Styrofoam packaging, food containers, packing peanuts
  • Treated and painted wood

 

 

 

Composting is a highly effective way to help protect the environment, and Recology San Bruno is proud to offer a home composting collection service to its customers.

More than six million tons of food products are dumped in California every year. Food is the largest single source of waste in California, making up 15.5 percent of the waste stream.

That waste decomposes and creates methane gas, which is 23 times more potent than carbon dioxide and is directly attributed to climate change. Composting is nature's way of recycling organic waste into a new soil amendment rich in nutrients that can be used for organic farming, vineyards and highway erosion and control projects.

Source: California Watch

 

 


 

Composting Tips

Try any of the following to help reduce the "Ick Factor":

  • Place paper towels or newspaper at the bottom of your kitchen pail to soak up any liquids from your food.
  • Line your kitchen pail with bags (any disposabale kind). Just be sure to empty the food scraps out of the bags when placing into your green cart.
  • Wrap your food scraps in newspaper or a cardboard milk carton before placing into your kitchen pail.
  • Try refrigerating or freezing your food scraps in a ziplock or other plastic bag and empty the bag into your green cart the night before your service day. This will stop the decomposition of the food and will reduce or stop the smell of rotten food. Remember, you can reuse the bag multiple times!

Try any of the following to keep raccoons at bay:

  • You can repel raccoons with cayenne pepper, which is found at just about any grocery store. Raccoons have a highly sensitive sense of smell and strongly dislike the scent - they will usually avoid it as much as possible. Sprinkle ground cayenne pepper on top of or around your cart.
  • You can also make a homemade liquid repellent. Boil a quart of water, 1/3 cup of cayenne pepper, and a diced jalapeno pepper for about 20 minutes. Cool and strain, then pour the mixture into an empty spray bottle and spray around your cart.
  • Commercial organic raccoon repellent products are available for purchase at some pet stores and online. Sprinkle the granules around your carts to keep them away.
  • Sprinkle the top of your carts with baby powder, or even sand. Raccoons don't like the feel of powder or sand on their paws and might avoid the area if they detect any around.
  • Large, heavy rocks can be placed on top of your green cart to help weigh it down so it can not be knocked over as easily. To avoid damange to surrounding vehichles or animals, please remove the rock before your cart is serviced.
  • You can also use bungie cords to keep the lid from opening if the cart is knocked over however we ask that you remove the bungie cord by 6am the morning of your service day.
  • Try using motion sensors that activate lights to scare them off.


Raccoons are intelligent animals. If they're unsuccessful at the first attempts to get food at a particular location, they will most likely stay away and look for other sources. Remember to please be careful with raccoons. They can be dangerous if provoked and often carry diseases. Never approach one for any reason. Harming or trapping a raccoon is both illegal and dangerous.

Christmas Tree Removal

Christmas Trees will be collected at the curb on your regular service day from December 26 - January 30. Trees must be cut down to 4 feet or less in order to be picked up. Please remove all ornaments, tinsel, lights and tree stands. Flocked and bagged trees are NOT accepted. After January, trees must be cut into small pieces and placed into your green Organics cart for removal. For additional questions please call a Recology San Bruno Customer Service Representative at (650) 583-8536.

 

Still have questions?

Please see our FAQ page for answers!

Language Assistance:
We offer a free Language Line with over 170 different languages through our Customer Service Department. Please contact us for more information.

You can also visit RecycleWorks of San Mateo County for general recycling and waste reduction information.

 

Garbage

  • All garbage and recycling containers must be left at the curb by 6:00am on your service day.
  • We are not responsible for any articles left on or near collection containers.
  • Please report any missed collections to our office by the following business day.
     
  • Please put your garbage in bags before placing in your container, to help prevent loose trash from falling out on windy days or when the container is emptied.
     
  • Extra Garbage must be bagged and arrangements made with our office in advance for pickup.
  • For your convenience, Extra Bag Tags are also available and allow you to put out extra garbage on your regular service day without having to call ahead. To purchase Extra Bag Tags contact Recology San Bruno, or the City of San Bruno Utility Billing Division at (650) 616-7086.
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Acceptable Garbage Materials
Only put non-recyclable and non-compostable materials into your gray container!

Glass
  • Auto, mirror and tinted glass
  • Glassware, crystal and dinnerware
  • Light bulbs

 

Metal
  • Clothes hangers
  • Scrap metal

 

 

 Plastic
  • Shrink wrap and plastic bags
  • Styrofoam/polystyrene containers and packing peanuts
  • Toys, trays, cups, garden hoses
  • Unmarked plastics

 

Other Waste

  • Animal feces or manure
  • Diapers
  • Facial tissues, Q-Tips
  • Human waste
  • Wipes

Unacceptable Garbage Material
Please do not place the following materials into your gray container!

Construction Debris
  • Concrete, rocks, dirt, lumber, dirt, rocks, plywood or particle board

 

Electronic / Universal Waste

  • Televisions, computers, cell phones, batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, mercury switches


Recyclable Material

  • Recyclable glass, metal, paper and plastic

 

Hot Ashes or Coals

Household Hazardous Waste
  • Paints, solvents, motor oil, cleaners, corrosives, fuel tanks - propane tanks

 

Green Waste

  • Grass, leaves, tree and bush cuttings

Toter Bin Information

The size of your garbage container determines your monthly service rate. Here is an example of carts set-out curbside:

CartSetOut-2012
 

 

 



Reminder: The more you can recycle your bottles and cans and compost your food scraps, the less garbage service you will need!

Special Collection Programs

Recology San Bruno Bulky Item CollectionOn-Call Collections

Recology San Bruno offers a special pickup service for large or bulky items from your curbside. Couches, mattresses and washing machines are examples of bulky items which are too large to be disposed of with your normal collection.

Each collection is limited to 3 cubic yards (3ft x 3ft x 9ft) and must be scheduled 24hours or more in advance for your regular service day. If you wish to use both of your collections on the same day you may request that at the time of scheduling. (For yard waste collection, please use heavy duty paper bags or cardboard boxes...not loose or on tarps.)

NOTE: Weight limits may apply and acceptability of items is at the discretion of the driver. Also, Hazardous items are not accepted curbside. Please click here for recycling and disposal information.

For more information or to schedule an On-Call Collection, please contact our customer service department.

Extra Bag Tags

Extra Garbage must be bagged and arrangements made with our office in advance for pickup. For your convenience, Extra Bag Tags are also available and allow you to put out extra garbage on your regular service day without having to call ahead. To purchase Extra Bag Tags call a Recology San Bruno Customer Service Representative at (650) 583-8536, or the City of San Bruno Utility Billing Division at (650) 616-7086.

Christmas Tree Removal

Christmas Trees will be collected at the curb on your regular service day from December 26 - January 30, 2015. Trees must be cut down to 4 feet or less in order to be picked up. Please remove all ornaments, tinsel, lights and tree stands. Flocked and bagged trees are NOT accepted. After January, trees must be cut into small pieces and placed into your green Organics cart for removal. For additional questions please call a Recology San Bruno Customer Service Representative at (650) 583-8536.

Printable Material

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Americans with Disabilities Act

Pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, those residents defined as disabled, and whose disability prevents their placing containers at the curbside, shall have the option of placing their containers near their dwelling, visible from curbside. Recology San Bruno will pick up the refuse from this location, or any other location suitable to both parties, and return your container to the same location.

Freecycle
To help keep usable items out the landfill, which helps preserve our environment, please consider joining San Bruno's Freecycle Group.

This online group gives residents and businesses another resource for reuse within our community. All items posted on the website must be FREE. So if you have something to give or perhaps there is something you need, Freecycle may be just the answer.

To learn more, visit the Freecycle website.