What We Save Together

In 2001 and 2002 San Francisco upgraded the city's curbside recycling program by giving people larger blue bins and by adding green bins for food scraps and plants.

How much material has San Francisco recycled in 10 years through the curbside recycling and composting program provided by Recology?

Here are the total tons and new conversion numbers showing how our efforts to recycle and compost together help protect the environment:


  • By recycling 1.2 million tons of paper, we saved 20 million trees.
  • By recycling 174,000 tons of glass, we saved enough energy to power the city's cable car system for nearly three years.
  • By recycling 135,000 tons of metal, we saved 19 million gallons of oil.