Cardboard Information Sheet


Over the last year the value of cardboard has fallen dramatically, prompting independent recycling haulers in pickup trucks to stop their collections. These unofficial collectors are unreliable and often use overloaded and unsafe vehicles to transport your cardboard. Do not leave your cardboard out on the sidewalk unless you have an active Recology account for the amount of cardboard you need collected. Set cardboard out for collection only on your services day(s).

If your business needs more cardboard collection, please call Recology at 415-330-1300 (Cantonese, Mandarin, Spanish, and other language interpretation is available) to be sure you have the correct level of service.

If you put out more cardboard than what fits in your blue recycling bin, Recology will collect the extra cardboard and charge your account accordingly. The value of our cardboard collection is $15.37 per bundle; however, we are phasing in the charge for collecting extra cardboard. From October 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019 there will be no charge for properly put out cardboard extras. Charges for extra cardboard bundles will be applied starting 2020 according to the schedule below. Extra cardboard needs to be flattened, bundled (tied with string or placed in boxes), and no larger than 2 feet by 2 feet.

For more information, Charge Schedule and Setout Requirements, click here.