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Can I recycle plastic?
Yes.  A complete list of recyclable materials is available from BFI.  See link below.


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How are refuse rates set?
Refuse rates are set by the City Council by resolution. 

Each year BFI submits a rate application to Town, which is evaluated by staff with the assistance of a consultant. 

The Town has a progressive rate schedule, that increases rates as the volume of waste increases. 

How can I dispose of my computer and monitor?
Rethink Waste has information for the reuse and recycling of electronics.


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How do I dispose of a Christmas tree?
BFI provides a schedule for tree collection. 


Phone: (650) 592-2411

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How do I dispose of car batteries?
Recycleworks provides disposal information.


Phone: (888) 442-2666

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How do I dispose of heavy trash like household appliances?
Residents can haul the material to the San Carlos Transfer Station, or BFI will collect the materials as part of an on-call pick up.  Residents are allowed 2 on-call pick ups annually. 

330 Shoreway Drive, San Carlos, CA

Phone: (650) 592-2411

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How do I dispose of paint and toxic materials?
Information is available at county of San Mateo Household Hazardous Waste program.


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Household Hazardous Waste webpage

How do I dispose of used motor oil?
Recycleworks provides disposal information.


Phone: (888) 442-2666

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How do I order recycling containers?
Contact BFI at the link below.


Phone: (650) 592-2411

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I want to know about recycling.
The Town of Hillsborough is a member of the South Bayside Waste Management Authority, which offers a variety of recyling programs.  See link below.


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I want to report blocked storm drains.
During business hours please contact the Public Works Department.  After hours please contact the Police Department (650) 375-7470.


Phone: (650) 375-7444

I want to report illegal dumping.
If reporting dumping in process please call the Police Department (650) 375-7470.

To report wastes along the roadside please call Public Works.

 


Phone: (650) 375-7444

I want to report about a polluter.
To report someone in the process of dumping materials into storm drains or creeks please contact the Police Department (650) 375-7470.

To report car emmissions please use the link below to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.


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My neighbor is cutting down a big tree and I am concerned that it may be a "heritage tree".
During business hours, call the Building Department at 375-7411 with the neighbor's address.  The staff can see if a tree removal permit has been issued or can send an inspector out to see if the tree removal is authorized.  After regular business hours or on weekends, call the Police Department dispatch at 375-7470.

What can I do about uncollected trash or recyclables?
Contact BFI via email at info@bfipeninsula.com or (650) 592-2411.   If you experience chronic, unresolved problem please call Public Works.


Phone: (650) 592-2411

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What kind of trash cans can I use?
Residents can use any size containers for trash cans from a 5 gallon bucket to the conventional 35 gallon trash cans.  BFI can provide larger 64 or 90 gallon carts on request.

Residents are charged for refuse service on a per gallon basis.  Residents can subscribe to service as low as 5 gallons, with no maximum service.

 


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When is the garbage collection on my street?
Garbage is collected every Thursday.

Hillsborough residents are provided with back-yard collection of refuse as a standard service.

Recyclable materials are collected every other week at the curb.

The refuse collection dates are posted on the Town Calendar.


Phone: (650) 592-2411

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When/how can I burn leaves?
Outdoor burning is not allowed in the Town of Hillsborough.  Residents can dispose an unlimited amount of leaves and other green wastes on their recycling day.

Where is the nearest dump or transfer station?
Most wastes can be dropped off at the San Carlos Transfer Station.

333 Shoreway Road, San Carlos, CA

Phone: (650) 592-2411

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