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Apartment Resources

Apartment complexes with 6 units or more are eligible for a complimentary battery bucket. Establish a central location at your property- a lobby, multi-use room, or mail room- for residents to place their batteries in a collection bucket. Batteries contain hazardous material and cannot be placed in the trash, recycling or compost. Download the battery poster.

When the bin is full, email us at customerservice@recologysf.com to schedule a pick up, provided by Recology at no charge.

Schedule a curbside Bulky Item Recycling pickup for large items, like old furniture and appliances. Each unit in a multi-family residential building is eligible to receive one, no-charge curbside collection. Additional Bulky Item Recycling collections are available upon request for a nominal fee.

Once you’ve scheduled a pickup, please place all items next to the curb in front of your residence (take care not to block the sidewalk), and attach a sign that reads BIR (Bulky Item Recycling). This program does not accept hazardous waste, construction and demolition debris, or auto parts and tires. Inside collection services are available for an extra charge (to cover labor – please call estimates).

Schedule a collection by using our web form, or emailing customerservice@recologysf.com.


Recology offers basic model kitchen compost pails to San Francisco residential and apartment customers (1 per unit) at no charge.  Many different models are sold at department, kitchenware and hardware stores.  Contact our Customer Service team at customerservice@recologysf.com to request your free compost pail.

Residential Outreach Materials


Download the sorting
guide (also in Spanish or Chinese). More guides here.

View Recology’s residential quarterly newsletter for the
latest news.

Print signage for new compost programs in your building to notify tenants.

Find the best use for items that don’t belong in any bin at
Search for specific items using WhatBin. Find out where to toss those hard-to-recycle items.

Audits and Consultations

Our Waste Zero Team helps properties apply best management practices in collecting recycling, compost and trash materials. We provide a single point of contact to help improve your existing recycling program, provide resources, and suggest service changes to maximize the landfill diversion discount.

Depending on your needs the Waste Zero Team will provide the following complimentary:

  • Conduct an onsite visit and provide site-specific recommendations to help your building meet San Francisco’s zero waste goals
  • Conduct audits of your waste stream to optimize service
  • Customize your service options and equipment to meet your needs
  • Provide signs, fliers, stickers, and training (multilingual available)

Become a Zero Waste Champion For Your Building!

Volunteers play an important role in helping the City of San Francisco and Recology meet waste reduction goals. Recology and the San Francisco Department of the Environment are excited to introduce a new volunteer role called Zero Waste Champions, to help apartment dwellers succeed at recycling and composting.  Zero Waste Champions play an essential role in helping apartment buildings achieve increased participation in recycling and composting programs.  Find out more here!