Starting January 1, 2022, all businesses and multi-family properties (apartments/condominiums) are required to subscribe to compost and recycling collection services, unless they have an approved waiver or an alternative service (such as back-haul, self-haul, shared service, or third-party service provider).
There are two types of waivers offered:
1. Minimal generation waivers (De Minimis)
- Total solid waste collection is more than 2 cubic yards per week, and the amount of organics generated is less than 20 gallons per week.
- Total solid waste collection is less than 2 cubic yards per week, and the amount of organics generated is less than 10 gallons per week.
2. Physical space waivers
- Physical space constraints prohibit the addition of compost and recycling containers.
Customers with an approved waiver will not be required to subscribe to compost and recycling service for a 5-year period.
Businesses and multi-family properties that do not have recycling and compost collection service through Recology San Mateo County or alternative service, and do not have an approved waiver are subject to enforcement actions and fines beginning January 1, 2024.
If you have questions about the waiver process, please email us.