Recycling, Compost, and Garbage

Service Update - January 2022

Recology customers may be experiencing service challenges recently. We are working with our partners at Recology and ReThink Waste to support their efforts to resolve any service interruptions. Read the update issued Jan. 19, 2022. 

Need to contact Recology? Recology is asking customers to contact its customer service department at RSMC_Notifications@recology.com or by using the “Contact Us” feature on its website at Recology.com/recology-san-mateo-county.  For immediate action please call Recology’s service hotline at (650) 595-3900.  Residents can also contact Siliva Pa’uli in our Solid Waste Division at spauli@cityofsanmateo.org or (650) 522-7297. 

Rates

In August 2021, we issued a Notice of Public Hearing to all Recology customers in our City for proposed rate increases as part of Prop 218. On Oct. 18, 2021, City Council approved the rate increases for 2022. Click on the links below to see the new rates that went into effect Jan. 1, 2022. 

Waste 101
Did you know that the State of California anticipates our average resident should produce about 5.8 pounds of garbage each day and the average employee should produce about 13.3 pounds of garbage each day?

Yet here in our city, our average resident produces only 3.9 pounds of waste per day while our employees average only 7.6 pounds. With your continued help, we can continue to reach for the goal of producing Zero Waste.

As of 2015, we achieved close to a diversion rate of 73 percent. This means that close to three quarters of all debris produced in our City is sent to recycling, composting or alternative fuel instead of the landfill. Not only is this better for the environment but it will also help to keep our City clean and beautiful.

With the combined efforts of our residents, businesses, and partnerships between staff and a number of waste management and recycling companies, we to continue to work together in realizing this long term goal.


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