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Recycle bin

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
Includes small metal household items, such as broken pots and pans. Appliances and electronics with metal parts require special handling.
Metal
Remove plastic lining (if any) and bundle with plastic bags.
Paper
Recycle clean and dry paper only. For greasy or food-stained paper, place in the green composting bin.
Paper
Paper and plastic egg cartons okay. No polystyrene foam.
Paper
Shredded paper can be recycled if placed in a brown paper bag, stapled shut, and labeled "SHREDDED" on the outside. Otherwise, please put shredded paper in the composting bin.
Paper
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
Compost

Compost bin

Bones okay.
Food scraps
Compost natural corks in your green composting bin. Place composite and plastic corks in the black trash bin.
Organic material
Black landfill bin

Landfill bin

Broken glassware, such as stemware, drink glasses, porcelain, and tempered glass should be placed in the trash bin. Broken bottles and jars can be placed in the blue recycling bin.
Broken glass & pottery
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
Bags for coffee beans have a plastic liner fused to paper. Large to-go foil bags (inside coffee boxes) have mixed materials.
Mixed materials
Paper envelopes with plastic padding have mixed materials.
Mixed materials
baby and disinfectant, disinfectant wraps
Personal protective equipment (PPE)
Items that do not belong in one of San Francisco's three bi

Special handling

Put small household batteries into a clear plastic bag on top of black bin or search for retail take-back location. PUT CLEAR TAPE OVER CONTACTS OF LITHIUM BATTERIES. No business waste.
Batteries
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, accessories
Eye glasses in good condition can be donated to some vendors.
Clothes, shoes, accessories
Contact the Department of the Environment for assistance
Construction and yard
Wood and lumber treated with chemical preservatives. Contact the Department of the Environment for assistance.
Construction and yard
If broken or not reusable, handle as E-Waste.
Electronics
Search for Retail Take-back location or use Recology Bulky Item Recycling Pick-up Service. Place in a sealed box and mark "E-Waste."
Electronics
Broken or not reusable computers and peripherals, televisions, other electronic devices which have a screen or can be programmed.
Electronics
If furniture is in good, functioning condition, please consider donation on NextDoor's marketplace, Craigslist, Facebook groups, or Trash Nothing.
Furniture
Many common household products (cleaners, detergents, pest sprays, etc.) may contain toxic chemicals. Look for Signal Word on product label: CAUTION, DANGER, WARNING. No business waste.
Hazardous waste
A flammable liquid typically used as a fuel or cleaner. Look for Signal Word on product label: CAUTION, DANGER, WARNING. No business waste.
Hazardous waste
Search for Retail Take-Back location. Do not remove mercury ampule from thermostat. Drop off entire device.
Hazardous waste
Donate books to a local thrift store or to Friends of the San Francisco Public Library's donation center in Potrero Hill.
Household goods & kitchen appliances
If broken or not reusable, handle as E-Waste.
Household goods & kitchen appliances
Donate clean and functioning toys to a local thrift store. For non-functioning toys made of mixed-material, please remove all batteries before placing in the black trash bin.
Household goods & kitchen appliances
Max 10 gals/day. No business waste. Absorb small amounts with paper towels and place in green compost bin or collect, strain, and reuse it.
Household goods & kitchen appliances
Many older types of energy efficient lighting contain toxic mercury. Max 5 bulbs or tubes per day. No business waste at Retail Take-Back locations.
Light bulbs
Many LED lighting products contain toxic metals other than mercury. Max 5 bulbs or tubes per day. No business waste at Retail Take-Back locations.
Light bulbs
Take to a designated drop-off location. NO LOOSE NEEDLES. Needles must be inside a Sharps Container. Free replacement sharps containers available. No business waste.
Medicine & medical supplies
Medicine drop-off locations cannot collect medicine dispensed with a syringe for self-injection. Order a special mail-back package. No business waste. Handle used auto injectors as a syringe.
Medicine & medical supplies
Includes indoor and outdoor, latex and oil-base. Max 5 gal/day at Retail Take-Back locations. No business waste. Recycle empty and dry small paint can s in blue recycling bin.
Paint
Art supplies may contain hazardous chemicals which must not go in any bin. Handle full or partial containers as chemical liquid.
Paint
Retail Take-Back locations do NOT collect spray paint. Use up and recycle empty can in blue recycling bin - remove cap and tip. Handle full or partial spray cans as chemical spray. No business waste.
Paint
Paint for auto and appliance touch-ups, traffic marking, and art projects. Retail Take-Back locations do NOT collect these paints. Handle full or partial containers as chemical liquid. No business waste.
Paint