Solid Waste, Recycling & Compost

The Town of Hillsborough is a member of a Joint Powers Authority (JPA) of 12 public agencies (Atherton, Belmont, Burlingame, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Hillsborough, Menlo Park, Redwood City, San Carlos, San Mateo, the County of San Mateo and the West Bay Sanitary District). The JPA was formed in 1982 with a primary goal of providing cost effective waste reduction, recycling and solid waste programs to member agencies through franchised services and other recyclers to meet and sustain California's waste diversion from landfill requirements.

Program Change Effective September 1, 2018

Household Battery and Cell Phone Collection Program

Single-Family Residents

Starting September 3, 2018, residents in single-family homes in the RethinkWaste service area can place household batteries (i.e. rechargeable, alkaline, button) and cell phones in a clear sealed zip-top bag and place on top of your black garbage cart on your regular collection day. Please tape lithium-ion batteries and wrap cell phones in paper before placing in the zip-top bag. Click on the link for more information:

N&R General Overview Publication