Zero Waste

Sending nothing to landfill is a foreseeable future
What is Zero Waste?
Zero Waste is sending nothing to landfill or incineration. SF Environment creates policies that reduce waste, and increase access to recycling and composting.
Zero Waste by 2020
In 2010, San Francisco exceeded its goal to divert 75 percent of materials away from landfill. Continued participation in San Francisco’s recycling and composting programs helps the City reach zero waste.
Smart Policies
San Francisco has implemented a range of ground-breaking legislation to help us achieve our goal of zero waste by 2020. Learn about our most important policy achievements.
Zero Waste Grants
We are currently requesting proposals for the 2015 to 2017 grant cycle.
Questions & Answers
Here are answers to the most common questions about Zero Waste, Recycling and Composting.



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Directories, Case Studies, Downloads

From where to buy compostable bags to how much money your neighbor saved on their home improvement project


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Prevent waste by buying less and reusing what you have. Find out how consumers and producers can support San Francisco’s goal of zero waste by 2020.


No matter where you are in San Francisco, you can recycle or compost almost everything. You can also reuse and recycle debris materials from construction and demolition projects.


Wonder what to do with batteries, paints, pesticides and other hazardous items? Do not put them in the green, blue, or black bin!  Find the most convenient disposal option for you.


Additional Information for Zero Waste

Food Waste Diversion Promoted On The Street
As part of San Francisco’s Zero Waste mission, hauler uses collection trucks to communicate value of source separated organics and recyclables.
Case Study: San Francisco Fantastic Three Program
San Francisco is the first large U.S. city to initiate a large-scale curbside collection program for food discards.
Make your own recycling and composting signs!
Customize your own zero waste signs with items you discard at your home or business.