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Residential Recycle, Compost and Garbage Services

(New Compost Services as of April 1, 2018!)

The new residential Recycle, Compost and Garbage programs for Half Moon Bay residents are designed to make it as convenient as possible for residents to keep materials out of the landfill.

The three-container system includes:

  • Recycle (blue cart) – With single-stream recycling, you can place all of your recyclables together in one container – no sorting needed! Please make sure that all your recycle is empty, clean and dry!
  • Compost (green cart) – Place food scraps and food-soiled paper products in with your yard trimmings in your green Compost Cart. Don’t forget to use your Kitchen Pail as a convenient way to collect your food scraps in your home. Once full, empty the contents of your Kitchen Pail into your Compost Cart. Do NOT set the Kitchen Pail out curbside for collection with your carts. You can use compostable bags (BPI approved only) to line your Kitchen Pail or Compost Cart. You can also use newspaper, paper bags or towels to line your Kitchen Pail or Compost Cart.
  • Garbage (gray cart) – For those things that you can’t recycle or place in your Compost container, such as chip and snack bags, food waste and pet waste.

Browse the information below to learn more about what is accepted in the program, rates and other helpful information.

What Goes Where?

Empty. Remove any remaining food or liquid contents from your recyclable item before placing it in a recycling container;

Clean. Lightly rinse the recyclable item to remove any remaining residue; and

Dry. Gently shake out excess water or let the recyclable item air dry before placing it in a recycling container.

With single-stream recycling, you can place all of your recyclables together in one container – no sorting needed! Remember to:

  • Flatten cardboard and boxes
  • Place shredded paper inside a clear plastic bag


  • Cardboard
  • Junk Mail
  • Magazines
  • Milk and Juice Cartons
  • Newspaper
  • Office Paper
  • Paper Egg Cartons
  • Glass Bottles and Jars
  • Plastic Containers #1-#7
  • Plastic Buckets (remove handle, must fit in container)
  • Aluminum and Metal Cans
  • Aluminum Foil (clean) and Pans
  • Small Scrap Metal (less than 10 pounds, no cords/chains)
  • Plastic Bags and Plastic Film (bag the bags/plastic film)


  • Garbage
  • Food Waste
  • Food-Soiled Paper
  • Yard Trimmings
  • Ceramics
  • Glassware
  • Window Glass
  • Mirrors
  • Light Bulbs
  • Hoses
  • Holiday Lights
  • Propane or Helium Tanks
  • Restroom Waste
  • Hazardous or Medical Waste
  • Construction Debris
  • Concrete, Dirt, Asphalt


  • Food scraps
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Meat, poultry and fish
  • Dairy
  • Bones
  • Coffee grounds, coffee filters and tea bags
  • Eggshells
  • Food- and beverage-soiled paper products
    • Pizza boxes
    • Take-out containers
    • Coffee cups
    • Paper plates
    • Paper towels and napkins
  • Vegetables
  • Yard Trimmings
  • Small branches, leaves, grass, weeds
  • Flowers, plants
  • Untreated Wood


  • Garbage
  • Recyclable Materials
  • Animal Waste
  • Liquids
  • Oil
  • Grease
  • Treated or Painted Wood
  • Restroom Waste
  • Hazardous or Medical Waste
  • Construction Debris
  • Concrete, Dirt, Asphalt

Place only those items that cannot go in your Recycle or Green Waste containers


  • Ceramics
  • Glassware
  • Window Glass
  • Regular Light Bulbs
  • Bagged Animal Waste
  • Diapers
  • Toys
  • Juice Pouches
  • Snack Bags
  • Wrappers


  • Recyclable Materials
  • Compostable Materials
  • Mirrors
  • Batteries
  • Fluorescent Tubes or Lights
  • Hazardous or Medical Waste
  • Sharps (Needles/Syringes)
  • Liquids, Oil or Grease
  • Appliances
  • Electronics
  • Construction Debris
  • Concrete, Dirt, Asphalt

On-Call Clean-ups

Let Republic Services accommodate your demanding schedule by coming to your home to collect your throw-away items. Each resident is offered up to two FREE clean-ups per year, just call us at 650-592-2411 at least two weeks in advance to schedule. Clean-ups take place on your normal collection day.

Clean-up Limits

Residents are allowed a maximum of 3-cubic yards of material, which is equivalent to 18, 32-gallon bags of material. In addition, residents can set out two large items (i.e., computer, television, washing machine, dryer, refrigerator, freezer. Refrigerator door must be removed), as long as the item does not exceed 200 pounds.

Guidelines for Your On-Call Clean-up

Clean-up material must be placed at the curb by 6:00 a.m. on your scheduled pickup day.

  • All trash must be bagged, boxed, bundled (bundles should be 4 feet or less) or otherwise contained. There is a 60-pound weight limit per container, box, bundle or bag.
  • Keep yard trimmings and clean wood waste separate from clean-up material, as it can be recycled. Yard trimmings and wood must also be boxed, bundled or otherwise contained. There is 60-pound weight limit per container, box, bundle or bag.
  • Prohibited materials include: motor vehicles, vehicle parts and batteries, tires, motorcycles, dirt, rock, stucco, concrete, hot ashes, animal waste, poison oak, commercial refrigerators, toxic substances and paint.
  • Keep mixed paper, cardboard, bottles and cans separate for recycling.

We encourage you to call a local charity to donate unwanted items that can be reused.

You may have some unwanted items that a non-profit would be very happy to receive. You can contact San Mateo RecycleWorks at 888-442-2666 or for donation information.

Additional Services


Used Moter Oil & Oil Filter Recycling

Place up to two, one-gallon, clear plastic jugs (with screw-top cap) of used motor oil and up to two, one-gallon clear zip-type plastic bag with used oil filters, curbside on your collection day. Jugs must be labeled. Place the motor oil and oil filters next to your blue Recycle container.


Battery & Cell Phone Recycling

Place used household batteries (no auto batteries) and cell phones in a clear zip-type plastic bag and place the bag on the lid of your blue Recycle container on your collection day. Tape button-type batteries (such as those in hearing aids or fitness trackers) individually with clear tape; do not tape batteries together. DO NOT place batteries and cell phones inside the container. You can also drop off your used household batteries and cell phones at our Republic Services offices (1680 Edgeworth Ave., Daly City, CA 94015). Proof of residency is required for drop off.

Residential Service Rates


Monthly: $23.01

Quarterly: $69.03


Monthly: $36.99

Quarterly: $110.97


Monthly: $67.34

Quarterly: $202.02