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Property Manager's Guide

Resources & Services


Kitchen Pails
If your complex subscribes to the composting program, we’ll provide each tenant with a 2-gallon kitchen pail for in-home use. Kitchen pails are a handy and convenient way to keep your kitchen neat and clean while collecting food scraps and other compostables. When the pail is filled, you simply toss it into the green compost cart or bin on the property.

Buddy Bags
Recycling Buddy Bags are available to residents of multi-family dwellings (apartment and condominium complexes with 5 or more units) free of charge. These sturdy, large-capacity bags can be placed in kitchens or any convenient location to hold all recyclables until residents are ready to empty them into the main recycle cart or bin on the property.

If you would like Recycling Buddy Bags for your building, speak with your property manager or contact us.

Battery Buckets
Establish a centrally located collection container at your property – a lobby, multi-use room, mailroom, or clubhouse – for residents to place bagged batteries or cell phones in a collection bucket, provided at no charge by Recology San Mateo County.

Need to order a Battery Bucket? Contact us.

When you’re ready to schedule a collection, place the bucket in the mutually agreed upon collection area and call Recology San Mateo County to schedule your free pickup.


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Technical Assistance

Audits and Consultations

Our Waste Zero Team helps businesses apply best management practices in collecting recycling, compost, and landfill materials. We provide a single point of contact to help you implement new recycling programs or improve your existing program and make sure you have the resources you need.

Depending on your type of property, the team will:

  • Visit your site to discuss sustainability goals, state and local recycling requirements, and best practices for minimizing your waste stream
  • Conduct audits of your waste stream to suggest bin sizing and reduced costs
  • Customize your service options and equipment to meet your needs
  • Provide signs, flyers, stickers, internal containers, and staff training and presentations, at no additional cost

The Waste Zero Team is familiar with assisting all business types–from office buildings, hotels and hospitality, restaurants, hospitals, and shopping centers to large commercial residential properties (Multi-Family Dwellings). Contact the Waste Zero Team.


Current Legislation

California Senate Bill 1383 will require properties that generate organics to subscribe to an organics program or self-haul material. To learn what that means for property managers/owners of multifamily dwellings, please download our SB 1383 brochure for property managers.

Find out more about other laws that govern recycling and organics services on our Legislation page here.