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Blue bin

Recycle bin

Remove plastic lining (if any) and bundle with plastic bags.
Paper
Paper and plastic egg cartons okay. No polystyrene foam.
Paper
Includes small metal household items (broken pots and pans, not appliances or electronics).
Metal
Bundle clean, dry film plastic inside a tied plastic bag the size of a basketball. Newspaper bags, deflated bubble wrap and air pillows okay.
Plastic
Please remove film portion before placing hard plastic in the recycling bin.
Cassette/VHS tape
Please remove film portion before placing hard plastic in the recycling bin.
Cassette/VHS tape
Compost

Compost bin

Bones okay.
Food scraps
Compost natural corks in your green bin. If plastic, put in blue bin. If you have many corks, you can drop them off at a reuse vendor.
Organic material
Black landfill bin

Landfill bin

Bags for coffee beans have a plastic liner fused to paper. Large to-go foil bags (inside coffee boxes) have mixed materials.
Mixed materials
Disposable ice packs (plastic filled with a gooey substance) are difficult to recycle.
Reuse when possible. If your ice pack came with a meal delivery kit, contact the meal kit provider to see if they have a take-back program.
Disposable ice packs
Items that do not belong in one of San Francisco's three bi

Special handling

Put household batteries (AA, A, etc.) into a clear plastic bag on top of black bin. If lithium, tape over battery contacts. You can also take batteries back to many vendors.
For businesses, quantity limits apply.
Batteries
A flammable liquid used as a fuel or cleaner
Hazardous waste
Generated from a vehicle's engine. Often replaced when changing your vehicle's motor oil.
Auto supplies (motor oil & filters)
Donate clean and dry clothes and shoes to a local thrift store. Call to inquire if they accept other items such as bedding and linens.
Clothes & shoes