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Commercial Recycling, Organics & Garbage Services

Recology of the Coast provides various resource recovery programs (i.e., recycling, composting) and garbage (landfill-bound) collection services to commercial customers.

Recology of the Coast provides different sizes and types of carts, bins and debris boxes to make sure each business we serve has the containers and equipment that meet their needs.  Our number one focus is our customer.  Recology of the Coast strives to provide service at times most convenient for our commercial customers.

We understand the space constraints our customers face, so we take care to return containers we service to locations most convenient for the businesses we serve.

To help your business develop an efficient recycling and/or compost program, our expert team will help assess and select the most cost-effective container type, size and service configuration possible to meet your company's needs.

Recycle, Compost, Garbage Toters and Bins

 

Recycling

Recology South Bay - Blue Recycling Bin

Businesses currently recycle less than 25% of the waste they generate, meaning 75% is being disposed in a landfill.  Our goal is to assist our commercial customers in reducing the amount of true garbage that is destine for the landfill and increasing the recovery of recyclable materials for product reuse or remanufacturing.

 

Acceptable Recycling Materials
Only place recyclable materials into your recycling container!
Please rinse food and beverage containers and crush plastics.
Aseptic Containers Aseptic containers are sterile cardboard containers with a metallic or foil liner. Aseptic containers are used to preserve food.
  • Juice boxes
  • Soy Milk Boxes


 

Glass All colors of beverage and food containers

  • Beverage bottles (beer, juice, soda)
  • Mayonnaise jars
  • Spaghetti sauce jars

 

 

Plastic

  • All containers #1 - #7 (no Styrofoam containers)
  • Black plastic (flower pots, tubs)
  • Buckets
  • Detergent and shampoo containers
  • Milk and orange juice jugs
  • Party cups, utensils, straws
  • Water bottles
  • Yogurt, margarine and butter tubs
Paper
Most clean and dry household paper:
  • Cardboard (flattened and broken down)
  • Computer, copy and fax paper
  • Envelopes
  • File folders
  • Food boxes (cereal, crackers, remove liners)
  • Glossy paper
  • Junk mail
  • Magazines, catalogs and phone books
  • Newspaper
  • Paper bags
  • Paper egg cartons
  • Paperback & phone books
  • Shredded paper (to help reduce litter, please place shredded paper in paper bags before placing in cart)
  • Soft-cover and hard-cover books

 

 

Aluminum & Bi-Metal

  • Aluminum foil (clean)
  • Rinsed food and beverage cans
    (aluminum, steel, and tin)
  • Empty aerosol cans
  • Loose lids from jars

Unacceptable Recycling Materials
Please do not place the following non-recyclable materials into your blue container!

Construction Debris
  • Concrete, rocks, dirt

 

Electronic / Universal Waste

  • Televisions, computers, cell phones, batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, mercury switches

 

Un-Recyclable Glass, Metal, Paper and Plastic

 

  • Styrofoam blocks, Styrofoam containers, Styrofoam peanuts

Household Hazardous Waste

  • Paints, solvents, cooking oil, motor oil, cleaners, corrosives, fuel tanks - propane tanks

 

Organic Waste

  • Food Scrap, grass, leaves, tree and bush cuttings

Recology of the Coast wants to help your company act responsibly with the waste generated at your facility.  Demonstrate to your customers and employees that you care about your company's impact on the environment and let us help you become an environmental steward.

Contact us for more information. 

Organics

Recology takes pride in perfecting the production of compost from food scraps and yard trimmings that have been discarded.  Diverting organic material from the waste stream significantly reduces the global warming impact from landfills, as decomposing food waste is a major source of the greenhouse gas methane.

We make it possible for the communities we serve to increase their diversion rates by converting the organic material collected into a nutrient-rich soil amendment, which is the best and highest use of these resources.  No longer are these materials landfill-bound.

 

Acceptable Organic Materials
Green Waste
  • Branches
  • Brush
  • Floral trimmings
  • Grass clippings
  • Leaves
  • Tree and shrub cuttings
  • Weeds

All Food
  • Bones
  • Bread
  • Eggshells
  • Fruits
  • Meat
  • Poultry
  • Seafood
  • Shellfish
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Vegetables

Paper Waste
  • Napkins
  • Waxed cardboard
  • Paper towels/plates
  • Tea bags
  • Coffee grounds/filters
  • Paper/cardboard "to-go" containers
  • Paper milk cartons
Important Organics Notes!
  • Do not put organic waste in plastic bags.
     
  • Small branches should be cut into three-foot lengths or less.
     
  • Our trucks can pick up organics carts weighing up to approx. 150 pounds. carts filled to capacity with some materials can exceed the weight limit and will not be emptied.

Green Waste / Organics Cart

 

Unacceptable Organics Material
Please do not place the following materials into your green container!
Construction Debris
  • Concrete, rocks, dirt, lumber, dirt, rocks, plywood or particle board

 

Non-recyclable Glass, Metal, Paper and Plastic

 

Recyclable Glass, Metal, Paper and Plastic

Electronic / Universal Waste

  • Televisions, computers, cell phones, batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, mercury switches

 

Hot Ashes or Coals
  

Household Hazardous Waste

  • Paints, solvents, motor oil, cleaners, corrosives, fuel tanks - propane tanks

 

Why Use Compost?

Fruits & Vegetables

Sustainable agriculture is nurtured by compost made from food scraps and yard trimmings and returned to farms and vineyards as rich, dark soil amendments that return nutrients to the earth and nourish the fruits and vegetables we eat and drink.

Farmers, vineyard managers, landscapers and nurseries, agree that Recology compost products:

 

  • Enhance microbial activity and add nutrients to the soil.
  • Increase drainage in clay soils and water retention in sandy soils.
  • Stimulate leafy growth and succulence.
  • Promote strong root systems and build disease resistance.
  • Revitalize old soils and clean up chemical contamination.

 

Compost Pile

Our nutrient-rich soil amendments are created from diverse feedstock and can be custom blended to meet each grower's individual needs.  Recology also provides consultation services to customers who wish to optimize their soil amendment blend with minerals and other supplements to meet their dynamic cultivating needs.

Contact Recology to obtain information about purchasing compost and/or the consulting services we provide.


Garbage

Recology is committed to moving away from disposal by following the path to use less of what we have, and get more from what we use.  It is our belief that to be truly sustainable, actions must be economically feasible, socially just, and environmentally friendly.

Although we make every attempt to increase the items we recycle and compost, there are still items where their best and highest use have not yet been determined.  Unfortunately, these items must be placed in the gray cart or bin, and transported to a landfill.

 

Acceptable Garbage Materials
Only put un-recyclable materials into your gray container!
Glass
  • Auto, mirror and tinted glass
  • Glassware, crystal and dinnerware
  • Light bulbs

Metal
  • Aluminum foil (dirty only)
  • Clothes hangers
Plastic
  • Shrink wrap and plastic bags
  • Styrofoam/polystyrene containers and packing peanuts
  • Toys, trays, cups, garden hoses
  • Unmarked plastics

 

Wet Waste

  • Animal and human waste
 
Unacceptable Garbage Material
Please do not place the following materials into your gray container!
Construction Debris
  • Concrete, rocks, dirt, lumber, dirt, rocks, plywood or particle board

Organic Waste
  • Food scraps
  • Food soiled papers, food wrappings, napkins, tissues or towels
  • Grass, leaves, tree and bush cuttings
  • Paper towels, napkins and facial tissues
  • Wax coated cardboard and paper products
Electronic / Universal Waste
  • Televisions, computers, cell phones, batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, mercury switches

Hot Ashes or Coals



Household Hazardous Waste

  • Paints, solvents, motor oil, cleaners, corrosives, fuel tanks - propane tanks

Recyclable Glass, Metal, Paper and Plastic
  • All recyclable materials

 

Assembly Bill 341

Recycling - It's the law!

New State Law for Businesses and Multi-Family Dwellings
Effective July 1, 2012

recycle logo

Mandatory Commercial Recycling was among the first measures identified and adopted in the AB 32 Scoping Plan by the California Air Resources Board pursuant to the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. The Mandatory Commercial Recycling Measure focuses on increased commercial waste diversion from landfills as a method to reduce GHG emissions. It is designed to achieve a reduction in GHG emissions of 5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalents in the State.

A business (including public entities) that generates four cubic yards or more of commercial solid waste per week or is a multifamily residential dwelling of five units or more shall arrange for recycling services by July 1, 2012. Businesses can take one or any combination of the following in order to reuse, recycle, compost or otherwise divert solid waste from disposal:

  • Self-haul.
  • Subscribe to a hauler.
  • Arrange for the pickup of recyclable materials.

A property owner of a commercial business or multifamily residential dwelling may require tenants to source separate their recyclable materials to aid in compliance with this section. Recology advises businesses to contact their hauler to find out how to recycle in their community and if there are any specific requirements in their community. Communities may have mandatory commercial recycling ordinances with different thresholds or more specific business recycling requirements than the state law.

To learn more about AB 341 visit: www.calrecycle.ca.gov/climate/recycling/faq.htm

Recycling box and cart

How to Comply

Compliance is easy, just call Recology of the Coast!

Recycling collection services in the blue Recycle Cart or blue Bin are provided at NO additional charge if you subscribe to garbage collection services - recycling has never been easier! Simply contact Recology to set up service or answer any questions.

And if you are already recycling - thank you!

Contact
Recology of the Coast
650.355.9000
contact form

 

 

Audits & Consultation

Let us help you design a service configuration that meets your recycling, composting and/or garbage collection needs.  Our objectives are to increase your diversion practices making your business greener and cleaner.

Our consultation team begins by conducting an on-site waste audit to help your company apply the best management practices to the material discarded.  Based on your audit results, we make recommendations on how to reduce your collection expense and positively impact the environment.

In short, our consultation team provides:

- Site visits to determine your goals, space requirements and implementation timeline;

- Waste auditing of your current waste stream;

- Customized service proposals for a variety of collection services and equipment options;

- Implementation of new resource recovery programs or improvement of programs currently in place;

- A single point of contact during program implementation; and

- Resource recovery signs, fliers, stickers, and educational training.

Please contact us for more information.

Questions? Find our tips and tricks on making our resource recovery programs work for you on our Frequently Asked Questions.

 

Customize Your Services

Recology of the Coast can help your company do the right thing for the environment by conducting a waste audit to apply the best management practices to the collection of recycle, compost, and landfill waste.

Please contact us for more information.

Questions? Find our tips and tricks on making our resource recovery programs work for you on our Frequently Asked Questions.

Freecycle
To help keep usable items out the landfill, which helps preserve our environment, please consider joining the Coastside region of San Mateo County's Freecycle Group.

This online group gives residents and businesses another resource for reuse within our community. All items posted on the website must be FREE. So if you have something to give or perhaps there is something you need, Freecycle may be just the answer.

To learn more, visit the Freecycle website.