Recycling & Waste Reduction

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UCSF’s Recycling Program is working hard to ensure recycling and composting are easy and convenient. Your participation will help ensure that UCSF can reach its waste diversion goals. Thank you for taking time to learn the right way to reduce waste.

“The Right Bin”



Sign Up to Take the Recology Tour Below!
The UCSF Recycling & Waste Reduction program in collaboration with Recology is happy to offer a FREE tour of Recology’s Commercial Facilities. This tour will show you were your material goes when it leaves your bin. You will have a chance to see the recycling process, the solid waste transfer station, public disposal area, hazardous waste drop off/process, and the artist in residency program behind the scenes at Recology.

Who: Any UCSF student, faculty, or staff.

When: 4th Thursday of every month from 10am – 2:15pm.
(Every 4th Thursday of a month with the exception of April, November, and December)

Sign up by and we will contact you with more information.

SIGN UP - Recology Recycling Tour

We hope that you take advantage of this opportunity and think it will help you to gain further insight and appreciation for the way we handle materials that are otherwise largely termed as “garbage”.  I sincerely believe that by the time the tour concludes you will definitely “re-think” what types of materials to place in your landfill bin.

Recycling & Waste Reduction Education & Services
The program offers the UCSF campus a variety of training and educational opportunities. We can cater training’s specifically to your department’s needs and time requirements. One of our goals is to make recycling and composting as easy and convenient as possible for you. However, just because you have access to containers does not mean everyone gets it right. We know different cities and counties have different rules and guidelines about what can be recycled and composted, so we want to clear up any questions you might have about where to toss at UCSF.

Click on the Sign to Learn More about Compost, Recycling, & Garbage


Check Out Our Other Services

  • School, office and art supply donation pick up
  • Scrap metal collection
  • Signage & Container Set up / improvement
  • Office & Lab clean out assessment
  • Zero Waste Event Planning
  • Campus Flyer Campus Wide Flyer

For More Information, Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


To incorporate best practices in recycling, composting, and re-use at UCSF facilities, diverting and reducing the total amount of waste sent to the landfill each year.

UC Regents:

  • 75 percent waste diversion by June 30, 2012
  • Zero waste by 2020
  • Note: Diversion means avoidance of landfill via recycling, composting, and re-use

Where We Are Today
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2014/15 UCSF Diversion Statistics (in tons)

2897.9  Standard Recyclables (aluminum, glass, small rigid plastics, paper and cardboard)
2389.6  Compost
  95  Scrap metal
    89.7  Donated materials
      3.2  Batteries
    715.6  E-waste
      4.8  Toner cartridges
      5.3  Fluorescent light bulb tubes

Questions or Ideas ?

Contacts & Staff:
Parnassus and West Campus Zone: 415-502-6808

.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) - Recycling Coordinator
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) - Recycling Specialist

Mission Bay and East Campus Zone: 415-502-1233

.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) - Recycling Coordinator
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) - Recycling Specialist
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Recycling Program Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)                                               


Find Out More About Recycling Where You Live!

Reycling Information by County

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Shop UCB/UCSF surplus! Please visit CLS’s website for more information.  There will be a link to view the surplus sale inventory at UC Berkeley’s Overstock and Surplus Program.  To arrange for a free pick-up of equipment and furniture for surplus sale or recycling within a five-business day window, click on Service Requests and follow the procedures. Username and password required.  Rush pick ups or those requiring extra time due to disassembly or moving other items to gain access may be subject to additional charges.


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