What we do

The San Francisco Environment Department advances climate protection and enhances quality of life for all San Franciscans.

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Living more efficiently

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Get high-quality compost for free



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Benefits of buying an electric car

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Bay Area seasonal fruit and vegetable guide

Farmers markets in San Francisco

A home interior

Tips for Healthy Homes

A woman attaches her bike to the front of a Muni bike in San Francisco

Sustainable commuting

A view of San Francisco from Bernal Heights neighborhood there are trees to the right and residential properties to the left.

Nature and biodiversity in SF

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All about "forever chemicals" in non-stick pans

Energy for commercial and multifamily properties

Sort your waste

How to recycle and compost in San Francisco.

Create your signs

Make your own recycle, compost, and landfill sign.

The latest

July 16 2024 Urban Forestry Council Special Meeting
A residential street in San Francisco

Healthy Homes presentation at Visitacion Branch Library (Chinese Language, Cantonese)

Wednesday, July 17, 5:30 pm
Compost and recycling bins at a San Francisco music festival

Zero Waste events workshop

Thursday, July 18, 3:00 pm
pink flower

Top 5 native plants for your San Francisco garden!

Natural landscape within the city of San Francisco

San Francisco Named Top U.S. Clean Energy City

Danielle Grant (she/her), a proud SF resident, public school parent, and SCRAP SF’s programs director!

Faces of SF

Pedestrians walk past restaurants and cafes in the Castro District of San Francisco

San Francisco Celebrates New Milestone In Green Business Program

Start composting

Request a free compost pail for your kitchen.

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Waste reduction and disposal

Outreach SFE staff explains to a community member about recycles that belong int he blue bin

Recycling and composting in San Francisco - FAQs

Safe medicine disposal kiosk inside of a pharmacy

How to safely get rid of unwanted medicine

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How to safely get rid of light bulbs

An apartment building at dusk in a residential San Francisco neighborhood

Recycling and composting toolkit for property managers

Get Rid of Bulky Items (Couches, Electronics)

SFBottleBank Mobile CRV Pilot Program

Donated textiles arranged by color like a rainbow

Where can I donate clothes, furniture, & electronics?

"Don't dump oil" mural unveiling event


A residential sidewalk in San Francisco. There are stair stoops to the right and green, blue, and black bins lined up to the left, along the curb

Zero Waste toolkit for households and tenants

Two people are wearing masks and handling sandbags, grabbing from a pile of other sandbags

How to safely get rid of sandbags

Three bins at castro street fair

Zero Waste resources for event producers

Plastic bottles

Which plastics are recyclable in San Francisco?

SF Plant Finder

Use the SF Plant Finder app to learn more about the different ecosystems near you.

Native plant gardens in SF

Check out this map with hundreds of garden sites throughout San Francisco.

Get involved

Grants and contracts

Take part in meetings and events

Commissioner photo October 2023

Commission on the Environment

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Find the Wild

A large, mature tree on a sidewalk in a residential neighborhood in San Francisco. The rising Sun is peaking through in the background

Urban Forestry Council

San Francisco buildings downtown

Municipal Green Building Task Force

Work with us

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Education and equity overview

SF Healthy Nail Salon

Next time you get your nails done, choose a Healthy Nail Salon.

SF Green Businesses

Support your local San Francisco certified Green Businesses.

What we do

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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