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Refuse Collection and Disposal Rates (Garbage Rates)

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Under the 1932 Refuse Collection and Disposal Initiative Ordinance, the City and County of San Francisco approves and sets residential refuse (garbage) rates.  The Director of San Francisco Public Works is charged with reviewing applications for adjustments in residential refuse rates, holding public hearings, and issuing a report and recommended order on whether rates are just and reasonable.


Ratepayer Advocate

Public Works has hired a “Ratepayer Advocate” to inform and educate the public about Recology’s proposed rate increase, create and provide an easy to understand summary of the request, and let the public know how they can participate in the rate hearings. You can contact the Ratepayer Advocate by calling (415) 324 8477 or sending an email to


2017 Draft Rate Application


Public Workshop, October 18, 2016



2016 Intent to File Rate Application


San Francisco Refuse Collection and Disposal Rate Board Meeting

August 17, 2016; 3-5 p.m., City Hall, Room 263; 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place


San Francisco Refuse Collection and Disposal Rate Board Meeting

December 16, 2015; 2-5 p.m., City Hall, Room 263; 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place


Refuse Collection and Disposal Rate Board Reports


Refuse (Garbage) Rates effective July 1, 2016


Refuse (Garbage) Rates effective July 1, 2015


Refuse (Garbage) Rates effective July 1, 2014


Refuse (Garbage) Rates effective August 1, 2013


Recology Reports


2013 Proceedings

The director has scheduled six (6) public hearings in April and May on the 2013 rate application filed by Recology. The director has also issued new rules of procedure governing the 2013 rate application process. Staff issued its report on the application May 10, 2013. Hearings will be held on the staff report on May 20 and 22, 2013.  


Your Right to Protest the 2013 Rate Application (Proposition 218 Information)

Any customer may submit a written protest against the 2013 Rate Application to the Hearing Officer by sending it to:

Refuse Collection Rate Hearing Officer
c/o San Francisco Public Works
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
City Hall, Room 348
San Francisco, CA 94102

Customers may also submit written protests at any of the public hearings on the 2013 Rate Application.

The Hearing Officer will hold a hearing on the written protests on Friday, June 14, 2013, at 1:00 p.m., in Room 400 at City Hall, located at 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place. Protests must be received by the end of the public hearing to be counted. The Hearing Officer will not accept or count protests received after the close of the hearing, even if postmarked prior to that time.

Proposition 218 Public Hearing Notice


Each protest must identify the subject premises (by street address or refuse collection account number) and include the signature of the customer submitting the protest. The Director of Public Works has issued guidelines for the submission and tabulation of protests to the 2013 Rate Application.

Guidelines for the Submission and Tabulation of Protests – Public Works Order # 181,253


2013 Final Rate Application

On March 14, 2013, Recology submitted a refuse rate application. The contents of the application are below:


2013 Draft Rate Application

On December 11, 2012, Recology submitted a draft application for an increase in residential rates.  Follow the links below to view various components of the draft rate application.


2013 Workshops

Public Works held a technical workshop on the final application on March 21, 2013.  Recology presented information on the final application. A workshop on the draft application was held in January 2013.


2013 Ratepayer Advocate

The San Francisco Office of Contract Administration has selected a “San Francisco Refuse Ratepayer Advocate” to facilitate public participation in the 2013 rate adjustment proceedings. The Ratepayer Advocate is an independent party committed to providing the public with clear information on the proposed new rates and representing the views of ratepayers during public proceedings.


Contact Information

For billing disputes related to garbage service contact:
Recology Sunset Scavenger 415-330-1300
Recology Golden Gate 415-626-4000 
Recology website

For liens related to garbage service contact: 
Department of Public Health, Solid Waste Program