CartSMART Services & Rates

Residential Service

CartSMART is the name of the residential program for weekly Recycle, Compost and Garbage collection services. The CartSMART program is a 3-cart system consisting of the following:Three different color waste carts

Recycle - Blue Cart (64-gallon)

Compost - Green Cart (96-gallon)

Garbage - Black Cart (20, 32, 64 and 96-gallon)

Cart Service Hours

For residential customers, waste containers must be at the curb after noon the day prior to service and must be retrieved by midnight the day of service. A new ordinance was adopted on November 19, 2018 and took effect on December 20, 2018. Enforcement started in January 2019.

Commercial Services

Recology San Mateo County is the City of San Mateo franchise commercial service provider for solid waste collection. BizSMART is the name of the commercial program for Recology’s weekly Recycle Compost and Garbage collection services.

Cart Service Hours - Commercial

For Downtown San Mateo – defined as the area zoned as Central Business District or Central Business District Support – all solid waste containers must be at the curb no earlier than 6 p.m. the day prior to service and returned to their usual location by 11 a.m. the day of service.


BizSMART offer single stream recycling at no additional cost and compost collection at a discounted cost for all City of San Mateo commercial customers. This includes businesses, and property owners and managers, including multi-family property owners and managers. 

A Recology Recycling Coordinator can offer technical assistance to help divert materials from your waste stream by increasing recycling and reducing your garbage service which may result in cost savings. 

You can also show your customers, employees or tenants that you care about your impact on the environment and increase your visibility as a community leader. 

Contact Recology at 650-595-3900 or via email to take advantage of BizSMART.

More Information

·         Residential Services & Fees

·         Commercial Services & Fees

·         Rates for Additional Service Options

·         CartSMART Brochure

·         CartSMART Program