The City and County of San Francisco’s zero waste rate structure incentivizes residents to recycle and compost more, instead of tossing recoverable materials in the trash bin. For example, customers who opt for a larger recycling bin and a smaller trash bin are able to lower their monthly bill.
NEW 2017 Refuse Rates
Recology is updating services to help San Francisco move closer to zero waste. Beginning July 1, 2017, new refuse rates go into effect based on volume and type of material collected. For more information on service updates, please visit this page, or use the rate calculators below.
|Base charge per dwelling unit||$15.00|
|Trash per 16-gallon bin||$6.26|
|Recycling per 32-gallon bin||$6.26|
|Composting per 32-gallon bin||$6.26|
|Premium for trash above
32 gallons per unit
Residential Rates (1-5 unit buildings)
San Franciscans are recycling and composting more than ever before. To accommodate more recyclable material, and encourage less landfill material, Recology offers residents a standard service that includes a 32-gallon composting bin, 64-gallon recycling bin, and a 16-gallon landfill bin. Customers who currently have 20-gallon trash will receive the 16-gallon trash rate. In the event your 20-gallon cart needs to be replaced, you will receive a new 16-gallon cart as the 20-gallon cart size is being discontinued.
Customers have the option to customize service levels and container sizes if the standard services are not fitting for the household. Customers may notify Recology of the preferred cart volume by contacting customer service. You may increase or decrease your compost and recycling container sizes to 96 gallon, 64 gallon, or 32 gallons as outlined below:
|32 gallon*||64 gallon*||16 Gallon*||$40.04*
|32 gallon||32 gallon||32 gallon||$40.04|
|32 gallon||64 gallon||32 gallon||$46.30|
|32 gallon||64 gallon||64 gallon||$68.82|
*Standard default service
|32 gallon||32 gallon||32 gallon||$55.04|
|32 gallon||64 gallon||32 gallon||$61.30|
|32 gallon||64 gallon||64 gallon||$73.82|
|32 gallon||64 gallon||64 gallon||$88.82|
Distance, Elevation, Key & Special Service Charges
Low Income Rates
In San Francisco, low-income households may be eligible for a 25% discount. Qualification depends on the household size and total annual income. In addition to the applicant’s income eligibility, the address on the lifeline application must be the address in which the applicant has lived for more than half the year (not a second home), and the applicant may not be claimed on another person’s income tax return.
|Base charge per dwelling unit||$5.00|
|Diversion discount floor||25%|
|Trash, recycling, and composting
per 32-gallon bin
|1-cubic yard bin||$151.67|
Apartment & Condo Rates (6+ units)
Our State and local laws require that all properties in San Francisco arrange for compost, recycling, and trash services. Properties with six or more units are considered apartments and receive one monthly bill.
Apartment customers are charged for all bins (i.e., trash, recycling, and composting) based on volume; these charges are then discounted based on the volume of diversion service (i.e., recycling and composting) that is provided.
Apartment buildings that sort materials correctly into their recycling, composting, and trash bins qualify for a diversion discount. This discount rewards customers and property owners for participating in San Francisco’s zero waste initiatives. By encouraging tenants to recycle and compost when possible, you’ll be able to reduce material headed for landfill. The discount percentage is determined by your service frequency and service volume (container sizes). The maximum diversion discount is 75% off your monthly bill.
Need help implementing a program in your building? Contact us.
Sample Apartment Rate (6 unit building)
|Rate Component||Bin Size||Charge|
|Total Monthly Charge||$243.10|
Distance, Elevation, Key and Special Service Charges
We offer premium services such as key, distance and elevation access to customers in San Francisco that request them.
There is no extra charge for collection less than 50 feet from curb. Distance charge is 2.5% times the volume charge (before diversion discount) for weekly collection from within each 50-foot increment thereafter. Distance is from curb to farthest bin.
No extra charge for collection less than 4 feet elevation change from street level. Elevation charge is 25% times volume charge (before diversion discount) for weekly collection from elevation changes within each 8-foot increment thereafter. Elevation is from street level to farthest bin.
An extra charge of 50% times the volume charge (before diversion discount) applies for each trap door (collector must lift a cover and pull bins up to street level), clearing of a disposal chute, rake-out (disposal chute without a bin) or bin located on a ledge one foot or more above floor.
The City and County of San Francisco approved a rate increase effective July 1, 2017. The approved
increase includes rates that are designed to incentivize increased landfill diversion and more closely reflect
the cost of service.
Below is the structure for the commercial zero waste rates effective July 1, 2017:
- Commercial volumetric (bin size) rates unchanged
- Initial 10% fixed charge eliminated
- First 25% of landfill diversion rate is not eligible for a diversion discount (discount does not apply to premium services, such as key and distance)
Customer Landfill Diversion Rate: 75%
Diversion Discount Floor: 25%
Actual Discounted volumetric portion of bill: 50%
- To encourage more recycling and composting efforts, customers can now earn up to a 75% diversion discount on their monthly bill
(100% diversion – 25% Diversion Floor = 75% Discount)
Charges are based upon service configurations, frequency of collection, and site-specific diversion rates. Our rates are designed to offer discounts to businesses based on their diversion rate. Our rates are calculated using both a base and variable amount, depending on the businesses diversion success. The fixed cost remains constant, while the variable rate is discounted in proportion to the percent of service volume that is diverted from the landfill (up to 75% discount).
Customers receiving the highest discounts consistently and properly separate their materials into three bins (green, blue, and black). Consistently contaminated material in the recycle or compost bins can result in the loss of a commercial customer’s diversion discount. Our Waste Zero Team is available to help commercial customers manage collection costs by maximizing recycling and composting, and minimizing landfill service.