Resources for business

San Francisco requires businesses to sort their waste into recycling, composting, and landfill, and to properly dispose of hazardous items (or things that can become dangerous while being transported) at take-back collection centers or through registered pick-up services.

Sort your materials

Visit to find out what goes where in the black, blue, and green bins.

Recycling and compost signs

Use the Signmaker tool to create custom signs for your business.

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

How to Comply with Benchmarking in San Francisco

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Zero Waste resources for event producers

Compliance for Commercial Property Owners

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Safe medicine disposal policy and resources

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Food Service and Packaging Waste Reduction Ordinance

San Francisco City Hall

Policies related to Zero Waste

Construction and demolition permit

Download and fill out this form to get a permit for transporting debris from a construction site.

SF Registered Facility

All mixed debris from construction and/or demolition jobs must be taken to an approved facility.

Incentives and awards

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Get started with a Reuse Service Provider

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FREE Reusable Foodware for Large Institutions

Industrial appliances for a commercial kitchen, including a dishwasher and dishwashing station

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

Join the Green Business community

Register your business at

Become a Healthy Nail Salon

Complete this form to join the voluntary program open to all nail salons in the city.

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San Francisco Climate Action Plan

San Francisco Environment Department's Racial Equity Action Plan

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Environmental Justice

SF Green Business Program

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About the San Francisco Environment Department

Electric Vehicle Roadmap: San Francisco's electric mobility strategy

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