Recycle Your Junk and Bulky Item Collection Information

Did you know that it is illegal to leave furniture or appliances on the sidewalk? Sidewalk Dumping can result in citations and fines unless you have a scheduled pick up from a licensed hauler or donation facility.

Did you also know that there are quick, convenient and free ways to get rid of your old junk?

2013 Proceedings Exhibits


Exhibit 1download_pdf

  • Final Rate Application Recology


Exhibits 2-20download_pdf

  • 2. Post-Filing Changes Recology

  • 3. Narrative Summary Recology

  • 4. Schedule B-1 Recology

Refuse Collection and Disposal Rates (Garbage Rates)

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.


Toter Retrieval and Storage

To reduce vandalism and litter in the City, Public Works encourages private property owners to comply with city codes by promptly returning their garbage and recycling toters from the street after collection, and placing them behind enclosures that keep them hidden from public view. 

Toters that are left out too long on streets and sidewalks, or within plain view, are vulnerable to graffiti, vandalism, theft and scavenging that often produces litter.  They also obstruct the public right of way.

What you need to know:

Litter Receptacles

We maintain about 3,500 litter receptacles throughout the city. These receptacles are placed along busy commercial corridors, plazas, bus stops, and parks so people walking down the street or waiting for a bus have a place to toss gum wrappers, coffee cups, and other casual litter.

These litter receptacles are for public trash only. Placing household trash in public litter receptacles violates Municipal Police Code 35A and you may be fined up to $300.

Illegal Dumping

Illegal dumping is a growing challenge for the sidewalks of San Francisco, with debris such as furniture, mattresses and appliances left out on the sidewalks near homes, schools and places of business. There is a significant cost associated with the seemingly innocent practice of unloading unwanted items and expecting that there is a service in place to pick them up.

Sidewalk dumping:

Gigantic 3 Recycling Program

The Gigantic 3 program is a free bulky item drop off service allows residents to get rid of unwanted household items at various locations around the City, and usually coincides with Public Works' Community Clean Team events.

Appointments are recommended, please call Recology Sunset Scavenger at (415) 330-1300 before 1:00 pm Friday, March 17th. You must be a resident of the host district to make an appointment.

Upcoming dates:

  • 3/17/2018: District 1: Ocean Beach at Fulton St. (across the street from the Beach Chalet)
  • 3/17/2018: District 5: Hollis St. (between Ellis and O'Farrell streets)

Recycling and Refuse Collection

We work non-stop to remove litter and abandoned materials from our streets and sidewalks to keep them safe and clean for the public.  We also partner with Recology to provide bulky item and litter receptacle services in addition to their regularly scheduled refuse pickups.