San Francisco requires businesses to sort their waste into recycling, composting, and landfill, and to properly dispose of hazardous items at collection centers or through registered pick-up services. Explore these resources for businesses to help San Francisco achieve its climate goals. 

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Compliance and regulations

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Recycling and composting requirements for businesses

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State Law SB 1383: Food Recovery Requirements

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Construction and demolition debris recovery law

Compliance for Commercial Property Owners

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Plastic, litter, and toxics reduction law

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Safe medicine disposal policy and resources

How to Comply with Benchmarking in San Francisco

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Checkout Bag Charge Ordinance

Safely get rid of toxic products (SF Businesses)

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Food Service and Packaging Waste Reduction Ordinance

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Zero Waste resources for event producers

San Francisco City Hall

Policies related to Zero Waste

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Incentives and awards

A pile of Reuse cups that have been used in a music venue

Get started with a Reuse Service Provider

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FREE Reusable Foodware for Large Institutions

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Request for Qualifications 9151: Community engagement

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Apply for an Automatic Dishwashing Grant

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FREE Reusable Foodware for San Francisco Restaurants and Cafes


Get up to $1,000 for Green Purchases!

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Are you a nail salon worker or owner?

SF Green Business owner

SF Green Business Benefits of Recognition

Energy for commercial and multifamily properties

SFBottleBank Mobile CRV Pilot Program

Energy Efficiency Audit Overview

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What we do

Environment Department Strategic Plan 2021-2023

San Francisco Environment Department's Racial Equity Action Plan

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Environmental Justice

SF Green Business Program

San Francisco Climate Action Plan

Electric Vehicle Roadmap: San Francisco's electric mobility strategy

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About the San Francisco Environment Department

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