South City is OUR Community – Tips on Keeping it Clean

South San Francisco, CA  July 2, 2023

{Note; EDITS 7/3/2023 9 am -  Blue Line Transfer Schedule updated, typos corrected}

South San Francisco is home to over 67,000 residents with nearly half that number commuting to work here regularly and the majority of us do our part to keep our City looking inviting for us all. However, it only takes a small number of those who, either are not aware of the resources available, or they just don’t care, to ruin the natural beauty amongst us.


There are pockets of our City that see more blight than others, and it seems different times of the month or year more debris is dumped on our City streets. Please help us to reach those neighbors who might not have the resources to deal with their trash responsibly. This is really important, especially for those who are renting in a multi-family residence and may not have been informed by the landlord of the options they have to dispose of their debris.


Junk that is not disposed of responsibly ends up in our food chain, killing off the very cycle we depend on for our lives.

The unaltered stomach contents of a dead albatross chick photographed on Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge in the Pacific in September 2009 include plastic marine debris fed the chick by its parents. (Chris Jordan)

There are a lot of resources and a lot of information –


A few tips for us all:

Be aware of the packaging when you purchase something; can it easily be recycled or reused?

Before you toss something – can it be repurposed or donated to someone who can get a second use from it?

If items are too big for your bin – can you request a special pick-up?

Before sending useful items to the landfill, please consider:


Many folks complain about recycling, and it can be tough at times to read all the labels, etc, but the trash we just dump ends up in landfills and we are running out of room. If we had the space it would better be used for housing people, not garbage!

How much of what we buy and toss ends up killing that which we depend on for our own lives – the earth?


If you have any concerns or questions, please contact the SSF Scavenger Co, they are there to help us comply with the State laws that they too must observe.

Recently strengthened by local ordinances, Senate Bill 1383 requires Californians to separate organic waste such as yard trimmings, food scraps, food-soiled paper, clean paper & cardboard from landfill-bound garbage. If you are not already making full use of your green and blue bins, it’s time to start!

Residential On-Call Cleanup Program – more info HERE

Residents of single-family homes can schedule two free cleanups per calendar year. Additional cleanups can be scheduled for a fee. Schedule your cleanup and we’ll pick up:

12 Bags of Garbage
6 Bags of Garbage and 1 Large Item (sofa, mattress, appliance, etc)
2 Large Items (sofa, mattress, appliance, etc.)

Cleanups are scheduled for your regular collection day. An appointment is required but we do not book up. No need to schedule far in advance– we require advance notice of just 1 business day and will need to know how many bags, boxes and/or what bulky items you will be putting out for collection.

  • No loose garbage will be collected; it must be placed in bags or boxes.
  • Wood pieces and carpet rolls must be bundled/tied and no longer than 4 feet.
  • Special Handling fees may apply to electronic waste or items requiring special handling.
  • The On-Call Cleanup Program is not meant for blue and green cart overflow. If you have more recyclables or yard trimmings than will fit it your carts, please contact us for assistance.
  • Hazardous waste like paint, batteries, automotive fluids, pesticides, cleaning fluids, fluorescent lamps, and similar items require special handling and cannot be collected through the On-Call Cleanup Program.
  • Debris from construction, demolition, and landscaping projects should be collected via roll-off box or self-hauled to Blue Line Transfer. It cannot be collected using the On-Call Cleanup Program.

Ready to schedule? Call or text us at (650) 589-4020 or use our contact form. We will reply as soon as possible and always within 1 business day. Be sure to provide the name on the account, address or account number, and list of items you will be setting out for collection.

Additional items for Scavenger pick must be scheduled in advance by contacting SSF Scavengers at 650/589.4020 They will NOT be picked up when left without a prior authorization and will be considered dumping.

For truckloads, appliances, electronics, etc The Blue Line Transfer Station can help! **


Helpful Resources

Each of the links listed below will lead to another website and information we hope you will find helpful. Be sure to review our Earth Day page, Facebook and Instagram feeds, and YouTube channel for additional resources!

General Resources
City of Brisbane– Waste & Recycling
City of Millbrae– Recycling & Waste Prevention
City of South San Francisco– Garbage, Recycling & Organics Collection
County of San Mateo Office of Sustainability– Waste Reduction
CalRecycle– Waste Reduction
Flows to Bay– Preventing Stormwater Pollution

Hazardous Waste Management
San Mateo County Health– Safe Waste Disposal (Hazardous Waste Programs)
California Department of Toxic Substance Control– Managing Hazardous Waste–No-Charge Paint Recycling
MED-Project–Medication Disposal

Waste Reduction Assistance
Bay Area Recycling Outreach Coalition– Stop Junk Mail, Stop Food Waste, Bring Your Own Bag
Catalog Choice– Stop Junk Mail
California Product Stewardship Council (CPSC)

Donation/Reuse Opportunities
CalMax–Materials exchanges
Second Harvest Food Bank– Donate Food
Peninsula Food Runners– Donate Food
The Salvation Army– Donate Goods
Goodwill– Donate Goods
St. Vincent de Paul– Donate Goods
Resource Area for Teaching– Donate Materials
SCRAP– Donate Materials

Waste Reduction for Businesses
California Green Business Network
CalRecycle– Tools & Resources: Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP)
UseReusables– Reusable Transport Packaging
Acterra– Workplace Sustainability Program

Green Building
CalRecycle– Green Building
U.S. Green Building Council– LEED Projects
Flows To Bay– Litter Reduction Fact Sheet

Waste-Related Legislation
AB 341— Requiring businesses to separate recyclables from garbage.
AB 1826— Requiring all businesses generating 2 cubic yards or more of waste per week to implement an organics recycling program. Also requiring all multifamily residential complexes with 5 or more living units to implement an organics recycling program for yard trimmings.
SB 1383— Sets statewide targets to reduce disposal of organic waste in landfills and recover edible food.

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