The city is in a Stage 2 drought. Please take urgent steps to reduce water use.
Many services can be accessed online rather than in person. In person services currently require advance appointments.
Please no cooking oil, animal waste, treated wood, or diapers. Use a kitchen pail for collecting food scraps in your home.
Biodegradable bags certified by the Biodegradable Products Institute are acceptable. View the list of acceptable bags.
These items CANNOT be placed in the black garbage cart:
Carts must be placed curbside (in the street) with wheels against the curb, or roadside, with about 24 inches between each cart. Arrows on lids should point toward the street. View a picture of the proper cart set out.
From December 26 through January 31, holiday trees will be picked up curbside from homes and businesses. To recycle trees during this time:
After January 31, trees must fit into curbside organics carts for collection.
For information regarding service changes and inquiries, cancellations and billing please contact Recology directly.
Recology of San Mateo County can inform you of your waste collection, recycling, and/or organics service days by calling 650-595-3900 or visit Recology's website.
Recology of San Mateo County can answer billing questions at 650-595-3900.
Residents of San Mateo County can recycle their household hazardous waste with the San Mateo County Environmental Health Household Hazardous Waste program. To set up an appointment, please visit SMCHealth website or call 650-595-3900.
The organics recycling cart is simply a large compost container. Place your food scraps in the bin with yard trimmings for weekly pick-up. Common household items that can be placed in the bin include coffee grounds, breads, pasta, eggshells, fruit, meat, pizza boxes, and wine corks. For additional information on how to compost, please visit the Recycling, Compost & Garbage Page.
Compostable bags certified by the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) are acceptable in the organics program. For detailed information on these bags, please visit the South Bayside Waste Management Authority's website.
Debris from construction, demolition, or remodel of a building is not included in the Franchise Agreement between the City of Menlo Park and Recology. This means that any company can be used for construction, demolition, or remodeling projects. If a project requires a deposit because of the Construction and Demolition Ordinance, be certain that recycling tags show Menlo Park as the City of Origin and that recycling requirements are met.
Prescription drugs should not be placed in the trash. The City of Menlo Park offers a free, safe, and convenient location for residents to dispose of unwanted or expired medication. A secured drop box is located in the Police lobby at 701 Laurel St. Drop-offs can be made during regular business hours.
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