Holiday Calendar | Recology San Mateo County
Holiday Calendar
Annual Holidays

Recology provides normal collection services on all listed Federal Holidays, with the exception of Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Please note: Our Administrative Office is closed on the following Federal Holidays: New Year’s Day(observed), Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day(observed).

2021-2022 Holiday Collection Schedule

So that Recology employees may enjoy the holidays with their families, we do not provide service on Saturday, December 25th (Christmas Day) and Saturday, January 1st (New Year’s Day).  If you are a Saturday customer and your service falls on these two holidays, your collection will be moved to the next day (Sunday, December 26th and Sunday, January 2nd). Please see the calendar below for the complete schedule.

Please set out your recycling, compost, and solid waste carts by 6 am based on the calendar below.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

Dec 20

Regular service

Dec 21

Regular service

Dec 22

Regular service

Dec 23

Regular service

Dec 24

Office Closed

Regular service 

Dec 25

Collection day changed to Sunday 12/26.  

Dec 26

Collection day for weekend customers 

Dec 27

Regular Service

Dec 28

Regular service

Dec 29

Regular service


Dec 30

Regular service

Dec 31

Office Closed

Regular service

Jan 1

Collection day changed to Sunday 1/2.  

Jan 2

Collection day for weekend customers


Holiday Tree Collection

Recology San Mateo County collects holiday trees curbside for composting between January 3rd and January 31st, on your regular collection day.  Please remove all decorations and tree stands (flocked trees are accepted) before placing them next to your green compost cart or inside your cart, trunk sticking out. Trees may be up to 8 feet in length. If your tree is longer than 8 feet, please cut the tree before placing the pieces next to or in your compost cart. After January 31st, please cut the tree to fit inside the compost cart.

Apartment Managers/Owners:
Please call to arrange for the collection of holiday trees. Trees can be collected in a designated area or in a dropbox for no additional charge. For more information, contact customer service at 650.595.3900 or visit our contact us page.

Green Holiday Tips

Looking to incorporate sustainability into your holiday? Check out our list of easy tips to “green” the season!

Holiday parties and other activities present many opportunities to reduce waste through reuse and recycling. The following are just a few ideas to help you reduce, reuse, and recycle this holiday season:

  • Host a DIY decorations party! Invite family and friends to create holiday decorations such as ornaments made from old greeting cards, garlands made from strung popcorn, wreaths made from natural foliage, and potpourri made from kitchen spices such as cinnamon and cloves.
  • Try to buy gifts with minimal packaging and/or made with recycled content.
  • Consider the durability of a product before you buy it as a gift. Cheaper, less durable items often wear out quickly.
  • Wrap your gifts in old newspaper! Recipients will enjoy reading the print before opening the gift. Try using the comics section for children’s gifts!
  • Responsibly dispose of holiday lights!