A San Francisco Recycling Guide – Recycle, compost or trash?

During our last Housekeeper Training Seminar, “Professionalism & Communication as a Housekeeper,” one of our attendees requested more information on recycling and composting. It can be confusing trying to figure out what goes where! We found a great site called that makes the whole process a lot easier to understand with their Residential Recycling, Composting & Trash Services information.


You can find detailed information about these processes on their site. Just below we have listed a few quick tips we found on their site.

Things that can be recycled:

  • Metal (like aluminum foil and cans)
  • Plastic (except for plastic bags, wrappers or styrofoam)
  • Paper (except for paper that is soiled with food)
  • Glass (without liquids or food)

Things that should be composted:

  • Food scraps (basically, anything that used to be alive- including
  • meat!)
  • Paper that is soiled with food (like pizza boxes and napkins)
  • Plants (flowers, yard trimmings, even cotton balls!)
  • Anything labeled “compostable”

Things that are trash:

  • Non-recyclable plastics
  • Other complex materials that are not designed to be recycled

Properly recycling and composting is a great first step to helping with this important “green” initiatives. We have other blogs dedicated to “green” tips. At our “Managing Seasonal Projects” seminar, we suggested “Green Housekeeping” by Ellen Sandbeck as “a good read with helpful on-the-job tips.” And stay tuned for our “Green” Cleaning Caddy information to follow our July event!