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Born and based in San Francisco, Recology provides recycling, compost, and garbage collection services, and operates modern recycling facilities in the City.
The company is 100 percent employee owned and operated, and has created hundreds of new jobs for San Franciscans while upgrading the recycling program.
The innovations and partnership created between Recology, the City, local businesses, and residents has resulted in a #1 rating as the
top environmental city - a model other cities aspire to duplicate. San Francisco:
- diverts 78 percent of all waste - the highest in the nation.
- composts more than 1.1 million pounds of food scraps and plants per day.
- recycled 1.6 million tons of paper, glass, metal and plastic in the past decade.
Recology in Your Community
A part of the community for generations, we are passionate about helping improve the neighborhoods we serve.
Every year our employees volunteer thousands of hours in the community, with activities ranging from renovating
the Bayview YMCA to our annual Golden Gate Park Clean-Up Day - a whopping success, with more than 160 volunteers.
We sponsor compost giveaways and neighborhood cleanups, build community gardens, and provide recycling and garbage collection at
local fairs, parades and festivals - more than 100 in 2011 alone.
What We Save
Where some people see garbage, Recology sees the opportunity to reduce waste. The 18-by-30-foot mural (right) was made from bottles, cans, paper, and other materials San Franciscans placed in their blue recycling bins. Recycling workers and Bay Area artists associated with
Recology's Artist in Residence
program created the temporary mural.
Working together, residents, businesses, and Recology workers have helped make San Francisco America's greenest city. Proof that it's not what you throw away. It's what you save.
Recology by the Numbers
1921: The year the company was founded in San Francisco.
20: Number of recycling and composting programs Recology provides to San Franciscans.
78: Percentage of waste that San Francisco diverts from landfill disposal.
1 million: Tons of food scraps and plants composted by San Franciscans.
2020: Target year to achieve Zero Waste.
#1: San Francisco's ranking in the "Greenest City in North America" study*.
*U.S. and Canada Green City Index, Siemens Corp.