San Francisco Garbage Removal Guide

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San Francisco Garbage Removal Guide

The removal of trash from in and around the home is a must for any modern homeowner, and when you live in a densely populated city like San Francisco, the amount of household waste produced within a small area of land can be astounding. Bay Area residents can hold their heads high for the achievements they've made over the past few decades, and with one of the most progressive and effective waste-reduction programs in the nation, folks in San Francisco are already know a thing or two about how garbage removal should be done in the 21st century.


When it comes to removing garbage that cannot fit in a bag, however, even people who've helped their city divert 78% of their trash from entering a landfill and earn the title of "greenest city in the U.S. and Canada" from Siemens in 2011 may still have some questions regarding the best path to follow. Here are a few of the ways San Francisco residents can tackle large garbage removal projects around their homes while maintaining the progressive standards that have set the standard for the rest of the country.

  1. 1.Recycling and Reusing Construction Waste

    One of the great things about living in the Bay Area is that you don't have to look very hard in order to find a place to recycle.

    One of the great things about living in the Bay Area is that you don't have to look very hard in order to find a place to recycle. On the flip-side, local ordinances are far more strict about how waste from renovations must be handled. Much of the decision on how to handle this kind of refuse hinges on the amount of trash your project will produce. If you need to get rid of fewer than 10 bags of construction debris (with each bag having a 30 pound maximum weight), you can call for a bulk curbside pick-up. Transporting a pick-up truck full of mixed construction waste to the dump yourself is also a valid option, but for the kind of waste that comes from a large renovation project, a registered transporter must be employed to ensure that all materials get where they can be properly sorted and, when appropriate, recycled.


    Recycling building materials is definitely a greener option than throwing them away, but even greener still is finding ways to reuse discarded home components with minimal processing. Wood framing members, cabinetry, radiators, bathtubs, and many other items that may not fit in well in your new remodel can be refurbished, sold, and reused without using a lot of energy in the process. Salvage warehouses will happily accept these items and prepare them for sale; they may even come and pick them up.

  2. 2.Renting a Dumpster

    In just about any city in the country, a homeowner with a big clean-up in mind can rent a dumpster that will be dropped off on or near his or her property and picked up at a later date. San Francisco residents can do the same thing, but the city's excellent waste management system makes this much less of a necessity. All city households are allowed at least one free bulk curbside pick-up per year, allowing folks in San Francisco to get rid of old appliances and furniture effectively and responsibly on a regular basis. Additional pick-ups, dumpster service, and even junk removal from inside the home can be scheduled for a fee.


    It is important to note that some items will not be eligible for curbside pick-up. Old tires, hazardous materials, and some very large items (like pianos) require special handling; household garbage, yard waste, household recyclables should be placed in appropriate bins.

  4. 3.The Future of San Francisco Waste Removal

    Residents know that the laws governing household waste disposal are already strict, but the effects of the ordinances put in place have been dramatic. San Francisco has truly shown the nation what is possible when residents, government, and waste disposal companies work together for a common goal, and if the "zero waste" target becomes a reality in 2020, that message will be even more powerful. Conforming to the law might be something of a nuisance--especially when you're dealing with a large clean-up project in your home--but it is making a difference in the environment at large and setting an example that other cities are now beginning to emulate.

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