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Recycling and Managing Toxic Products for Businesses
San Francisco businesses must safely dispose of these hazardous wastes:
Most businesses generate waste that is hazardous to the environment and our health. These include solvents, paints, cleaners, fluorescent lights, aerosol cans, printer ink, batteries, and other items. 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.
Use RecycleWhere to find certified local hazardous waste haulers providing on-site pick-up or drop-off locations. Find resources for pick-up or drop-off of Batteries, Car Batteries, Coolants, Fluorescent Bulbs & Tubes (CFLs), Oils, Latex Paint, Oil based Acrylic or Lead Paint, Printing Ink, Solvents, and other waste. Empty aerosol cans, when both product and propellant have been completely discharged can be recycled in your blue bin.
Businesses that generate less than 220 pounds or 27 gallons 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 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 the name of your business, the type and amount of hazardous waste you will be bringing, and how you will bring it. Disposal fees vary by type and volume of waste, but are heavily subsidized by the city and minimal. Find out disposal fees.
What is accepted by Recology? (PDF) - Recology
How to Get an EPA ID - State of California
Register for a temporary EPA ID - State of California
Hazardous Materials and Waste Program - San Francisco Department of Public Health
UCSF's Work Matters Brochure (PDF) - University of California San Francisco
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