Recycling and Managing Toxic Products for Businesses

Most businesses generate waste that is hazardous to the environment and our health. These include solvents, paints, cleaners, fluorescent lights, aerosol cans, printer ink and batteries among others. State law requires that these items be disposed of properly to protect our health and the environment. San Francisco businesses have a variety of disposal options available to them to safely recycle and dispose of hazardous waste.


Have a certified hazardous waste hauler pick it up

For a list of certified local hazardous waste haulers providing on-site pick-up, use RecycleWhere.

Type in the item you want to look up and Recyclewhere should point you to resources for pick-up or drop-off.

Take the hazardous waste to Recology
Businesses that generate less than 27 gallons or 220 pounds of hazardous waste each month are eligible to use the City's low-cost hazardous waste disposal program called the Very Small Quantity Generator (VSQG) Program.  If you are a business in San Francisco, you can take the hazardous waste you generate to Recology.
  • The VSQG facility is open every other Wednesday. Be sure to make an appointment at (415) 330 1425.
  • Make sure you have ready the name of your business, the type and amount of hazardous waste you will be bringing and how you will be bringing it.
  • Disposal fees vary by type and volume of waste, but are heavily subsidized by the city and very nominal. Please see below for details:​

Batteries All types of batteries, alkaline and rechargeable.

FREE, up to 5 gallons per month

More than 5 gallons: $1.00 per pound

Car batteries

No charge

Motor oil

No charge

Fluorescent Tubes, Lamps, CFLS

FREE, up to 30 per month.

More than 30 tubes/lamps: $3.00 per unit

Asbestos (in 30 lb. bags)

$0.25 per pound

Lead paint chips

$0.50 per pound

Waste in spray cans

$1.00 per can


$1.00 per gallon


$3.00 per gallon

Printing ink

$4.00 per gallon


$4.00 per gallon

Compressor oil

$4.00 per gallon

Flammable solids

$4.00 per gallon


$4.00 per gallon

Photofixers and developers

$4.00 per gallon


$5.00 per gallon

Acids and bases

$5.00 per gallon


$6.00 per gallon

Additional Resources:

Information about getting an EPA ID

Register for a temporary EPA ID

What is accepted by Recology



Additional Information for Recycling and Managing Toxic Products for Businesses

Hazardous Materials and Waste Program
The Hazardous Materials and Waste Program is the state designated enforcement program in San Francisco for the Hazardous Materials Unified Program Agency.