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Refuse and Recycling Programs

Garbage and Recycling Pick-Up service is a franchise granted by the Town:



Recology San Mateo County
225 Shoreway Road; San Carlos, CA 94070
www.recologysanmateocounty.com 
(650) 595-3900

RethinkWaste Launches Convenient "My-Waste" Mobile App
RethinkWaste is excited to announce the launch of the "my-waste"™ mobile app to make it more convenient for residents to find information on their CartSMART Recycle, Compost and Garbage collection services using their smartphones. The app enables single-family residents in the service area to download the full range of information that is available on the RethinkWaste website. The free mobile app is available for both the Apple and Android systems. Residents will also be able to make service requests, report a service issue, set reminders, find contact information or check their collection schedules using "my-waste."

The app also includes a calendar, information on the Shoreway Environmental Center and the Door-to-Door Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program in the communities that the program is offered. You can download the app through the http://www.rethinkwaste.org/ or through the Apple and Android app stores.

Click Here for 2012 Garbage Rate Increase Public Notice

No garbage rate changes for Calendar Year 2013.  Please refer to 2012 public notice for the current rates.

Trash, Recyclables and Organics Collection
Trash, recyclables and organics are collected weekly as of January 3, 2011.

Trash is placed in the black cart.  Recyclables in the blue cart.  Organics in the green cart. 


More information about the CartSmart program can be found on Recology's websitewww.recologysanmateocounty.com   Please remember to space carts 2 feet apart from each other. 

Residents are encouraged to place the recycling containers at the curb no sooner than the evening prior to the pickup and to remove them as soon as possible after pickup, but no later than the evening of pickup.

In addition to collecting the carts Recology will collect used batteries and motor oil (1 gallon per week in a 1 gallon jug).  Recology also collects bulky items twice a year at no charge to you. Call their customer service line for more information (650) 595-3900. 

Rear/Side Yard Service
Residents can request rear/side yard service for a monthly fee.  The cost is based on your trash subscription (black carts.)  The fee is based on the distance of the cart from the curb and the number of carts.

Residents with physical limitations can receive a waiver from this fee.  Please contact Recology (650) 595-3900, if you need this assistance.

Complaints About Service 
Residents should first contact Recology at (650) 595-3900 or www.recologysanmateocounty.com about their concerns.  In general, most problems can be resolved with a phone call. If you are experiencing chronic problems please contact Public Works at (650) 375-7444 or pw@hillsborough.net.  The Town has access to Recology's computer information and dedicated company contacts to resolve issues.


The Town's franchise requires Recology to be responsive to residents' needs, and procedures are in place for the Town to fine Recology for patterns of poor customer service.




Household Hazardous Waste
If you have other household hazardous waste such as paint, solvents, nonprescription drugs, cleaners please contact Curbside recycling at hotline@curbsideinc.com or (800) 449-7587.  A more complete list of services offered can be found at www.curbsideinc.com

Curbside will collect these from your home at no direct charge to you.  You may use this service as requently as you need it.

If you have other household hazardous waste such as paint, solvents, nonprescription drugs, cleaners please contact Curbside recycling at or (800) 449-7587.  A more complete list of services offered can be found at Curbside will collect these from your home at no direct charge to you.  You may use this service as requently as you need it.

If you have other household hazardous waste such as paint, solvents, nonprescription drugs, cleaners please contact Curbside recycling at or (800) 449-7587.  A more complete list of services offered can be found at Curbside will collect these from your home at no direct charge to you.  You may use this service as requently as you need it. (The service is funded through refuse rates.)





Mandatory Commercial Recycling - AB 341
The new California Assembly Bill (AB) 341 requires all businesses that generate four (4) or more cubic yards of garbage per week to recycle by July 1, 2012.  The specific statutory language for AB 341 can be found in the State's Public Resources Code: PRC Division 30, Part 3, Chapter 12.8, Section 42649.


Businesses include, but are not limited to:
  • Office buildings
  • Retail
  • Restaurants
  • Non-profits
  • Strip malls
  • Government offices
  • Schools
The purpose of the new law is to:
  • Reduce garbage from landfills
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
Compliance Through the BizSMART Program
Compliance is easy through the BizSMART program available through Recology San Mateo County!

Recycling collection services in the blue Recycle Cart or Bin are provided at NO additional charge if you subscribe to garbage collection services, and with BizSMART - recycling has never been easier!  Simply contact Recology to set up service or answer any questions.

Other compliance
In addition to having recycling services services provided by Recology, customers can also self-haul the recyclables or arrange for their pickup.

Resources
BizSMART Recycle Program
AB 341 Brochure
Recology San Mateo County
AB 341 FAQs - CalRecycle Website





Confidential Document Shredding
The Town of Hillsborough periodically hosts events that allow residents to shred confidential documents.  To find the date of the next event please check the Town Calendar or contact Public Works at (650) 375-7444 or pw@hillsborough.net


Construction and Demolition Debris
Hillsborough requires applicants for demolition and building permits to execute and adhere to a Waste Reduction and Recycling Plan. Click here to learn more about the construction and demolition debris recycling program.
 

South Bayside Waste Management Authority (SBWMA) www.ReThinkWaste.org
The Town is a member of a joint powers authority that includes 11 other public agencies.  The SBWMA owns the Shoreway Environmental Center where all trash, recyclables and organics is delivered after collection from Hillsborough. 

The Director of Public Works serves as the Town's representative to the SBWMA.

For additional information about recycling programs contact: 
Curbside Household Hazardous Waste hotline@curbsideinc.com (800) 449-7587

SBWMA (South Bayside Waste Management Authority) at www.RethinkWaste.org

San Mateo County Recycling Program www.recycleworks.org (800) 449-7587

San Mateo County Household Hazardous Waste (650) 363-4718

California Integrated Waste Management Board www.ciwmb.ca.gov 


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