General Information for Commercial Customers

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Recology San Mateo County is proud to offer single-stream recycling at no additional charge and an optional compost program to its Commercial customers.

If you are not currently subscribed to a recycling and/or compost service and are interested in doing so, or if you are currently recycling and/or composting and have questions, contact us at (650) 595-3900 or use our contact form.

Go green!
Recycling is SMART business! By increasing your recycling habits and reducing the amount of garbage you produce, you could lower the amount of money your business spends on garbage collection. Make your business go green - in more ways than one!

Garbage, Recycling, and Compost Bins & Carts
San Mateo County Green Business ProgramInterested in having your business officially go green? Check out the San Mateo County Green Business Program to learn more.

Metal Bins:
Continue to use your existing metal bins. Beginning January 2011, Recology San Mateo County will paint and re-label them to reflect our new recycling, compost and garbage services. You don't need to do anything; it will happen automatically.

Recycling ContainersInternal Recycle and Compost containers are available at no additional charge.*
Contact us for more information.

*Subject to availability.

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Printable Materials

  • Commercial Recycling Information Brochure (English, Spanish, Chinese)
    This brochure contains information on our Recycle and Compost services, containers and technical assistance for commercial customers.
  • Commercial Services Information Mailer
    This mailer provides important information regarding your Garbage, Recycle and Compost collection services.
  • Recycle, Compost and Garbage signs
    These signs display what materials should and should not be placed in each of the three containers. They can be printed and posted in a visible area above your containers so your employees, customers or tenants know what goes where.

* You will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to view these files.

Other Resources

CA Integrated Waste Management Board Information Line
(800) 553-2962

Department of Toxic Substances Control (to report hazardous waste violations only)
(800) 698-6942

Very Small Quantity Generator Program (VSQG)

San Mateo County has a Small Quantity Generator Program to provide a low-cost option for businesses and non-profits that generate less than 220 pounds or 27 gallons of hazardous waste per month. Call (800) 207-8222 or visit for more information and to find out if you qualify.

Technical Assistance

Have you gone through your garbage lately? Few businesses do. Call Recology to schedule an appointment with one of our friendly and knowledgeable Recycling Coordinators who can provide on-site technical assistance to help divert more materials from your waste. We'll also answer any questions you have about hard to recycle items such as ink jet cartridges and packing materials, as well as reuse opportunities for a variety of items such as office supplies, furniture and equipment.

If you're interested in knowing what you're throwing away, contact us to schedule a waste audit. Because smaller garbage containers and fewer pick ups may result in cost savings.

Cart Dimensions:


*20 and 32 gallon carts do look very similar in size; however, the 20 gallon cart has an in-mold volume reducer to diminish its capacity.

Commercial Bins are available in a variety of sizes. The most common sized bins are listed below.* However, larger bins including 9, 15, 20, 30 and 40 cubic yards are also available. Contact us for more information.

1-cubic yard72"24"28"
2-cubic yards72"34.5"34.5"
3-cubic yards72"41.5"41.5"
4-cubic yards72"50.5"46"
6-cubic yards72"66"50"
8-cubic yards72"72"56"

*Container dimensions may vary.

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For more general recycling and waste reduction information, please visit RecycleWorks of San Mateo County.

Questions? Please contact us.

Language Assistance:
We offer a free Language Line with over 170 different languages through our Customer Service Department. Please contact us for more information.

Recology San Mateo County provides recycling, compost and garbage collection services to the 12 Member Agencies in the RethinkWaste service area.