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, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

2020-2021 Holiday Collection Schedule

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

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

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Dec 20
Regular service
Dec 21
Regular service
Dec 22
Regular service
Dec 23
Regular service
Dec 24
Regular service 
Dec 25
Office is closed.
Collection day changed to Saturday 12/26.  
Dec 26
 Collection for Friday customers. 
Dec 27
Regular service
Dec 28
Regular service
Dec 29
Regular service
Dec 30
Regular service
Dec 31
Regular service
Jan 1
Office is closed.
Collection day changed to Saturday 1/2. 
Jan 2
Collection for Friday customers. 


Holiday Tree Collection

Holiday Tree

Recology San Mateo County collects holiday trees curbside for composting between January 2nd and January 31st, on your regular collection day.  PLEASE REMOVE ALL DECORATIONS AND TREE STANDS (flocked trees are accepted) before placing 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 collection of holiday trees. Trees can be collected in piles or in a drop box 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 buying 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!