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San Francisco Health Code:

Article 6 Garbage & Refuse

Article 6 Rules & Regs (pdf)

Regulatory Authority

CCR Title 14 Division 7

CCR Title 27

Public Resource Code Division 30

Solid Waste Programs

Refuse Liens

Mandatory Refuse Service (MRS)

Local Enforcement Agency (LEA)

Refuse Collection

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Hazardous Materials

Hazardous Waste

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Program Contact:

Rachel Yuen Cheng
Sr. Env. Health Inspector

Local Enforcement Agency (LEA)

San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH), Environmental Health Branch (EHB) is certified by California Department of Resources, Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) as the Local Enforcement Agency (LEA) for the City and County of San Francisco.


Principal Activities and Services

  • Regulates and permits San Francisco's solid waste transfer/processing or disposal sites involving any processing, handling, storing, gasification, transformation, and engineered municipal solid waste (EMSW) conversion to ensure compliance with state minimum standards.
  • Responds to public complaints associated with storage or disposal of solid wastes.
  • Provides information to the public and assistance to the solid waste sites
  • Works with federal contracting agencies to ensure that federal contracts for refuse collection harmonize with city laws and regulations


San Francisco Solid Waste Sites

For more information regarding solid waste facilities, operations, and disposal sites within City and County of San Francisco, please visit CalRecycle's Solid Waste Information System (SWIS).


Pending Solid Waste Permit Application

There are currently no pending applications.


Public Notices

January 18, 2023 -- Public Notice of permit revision and public meeting

As required by Title 27 California Code of Regulation (27 CCR) Section 21660.3, the LEA is distributing this Notice of a public meeting to be held on February 1, 2023 to consider the Full Solid Waste Facility Permit Revision for San Francisco Solid Waste Transfer and Recycling Center (SWIS #38-AA-0001).

Participate Remotely via Webcast or Phone:

Date and time:
Wednesday, February 1, 2023 5:00 PM | (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)

Join link:

Webinar number:
2467 304 0313

Webinar password:
hrTZqdbM722 (47897326 from phones)

Join by phone
+1-415-655-0003 US Toll

Access code: 246 730 40313


August 12, 2022 -- Public Notice

As required by Title 27 California Code of Regulation (27 CCR) Section 21660.1, the LEA is distributing this Notice of Approval of Report of Facility Information (RFI) Amendment for Recycle Central at Pier 96..









Making a Complaint

  For complaints about illegal dumping or garbage, call or visit 311.

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San Francisco Department of Public Health Environmental Health Branch