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Refuse Liens

Main Phone: 415-252-3872

Solid Waste Program

The Solid Waste Program regulates refuse collection and solid waste sites to protect public health, safety and well-being of our communities and environment from the impacts of solid waste management and disposal.

Notice of Refuse Collection Route Permit Application Package Opportunity for the Yerba Buena Island

(Updated on September 29, 2022)

The San Francisco Department of Public Health (“Department”), is announcing opportunity to apply for Refuse Collection Route Permit which would authorize a Collector to provide Services in a designated route on the Yerba Buena Island (hereinafter referred as designated route “97-YBI”). 97-YBI excludes Federal Facilities and City Facilities governed by the 1999 Federal Facilities Refuse Collection Permit Regulation and the Office of Contract Administration’s solicitation contracts, respectively. Each application package must be Complete and Correct and meet the required and minimum qualifications set forth in the Notice of Refuse Collection Route Permit Application Opportunity. Whether an application package meets these qualifications and service requirements will be determined through the application evaluation criteria process.

All interested applicants should apply starting September 12, 2022 through October 31, 2022, by 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST) to be eligible for evaluation and consideration. Application packages must be submitted electronically in searchable PDF to

Pre-Application Session Questions/Answers (“E-Question Session”)

(Updated on September 29, 2022)

The Department has provided answers to the 17 questions about the Permit Application that we received during the Q&A period 9/12/2022 - 9/22/2022.

For more information, visit the Refuse Collection page. It is the responsibility of each Applicant to check for any changes or other pertinent information posted on the Department’s website

The Department is committed to creating a safe, equitable, and transparent Refuse Collection permitting process. If you wish to participate in the evaluation process, please email for consideration.


Refuse Collection License and Permit

Prior to finalizing the Refuse Regulation, SFDPH considered public comments on the draft rules that were submitted during the comment period ending on December 29, 2021. On February 15, 2022, the Health Commission adopted the 2022 Refuse Collection Regulations which outline the procedures to license refuse collectors and permit certain designated refuse collection routes in the City and County of San Francisco. Please visit the Refuse Collection page for more information on obtaining a Refuse Collection License and Permit.


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