Waste Management

Recycling Resource Page

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75% Waste Diversion by 2010 with a goal of Zero Waste by 2020

SF State and the city of San Francisco are working toward the goal reducing trash levels to Zero Waste by 2020. As of 2009, SF State continues to divert over 71% of its waste from the landfill. Learn more at the San Francisco Environment's informational page on zero waste.

Composting in CCSC

In April 2009, after a three year campaign spearheaded by ECO Students, compost was introduced to the Cesar Chavez Student Center's community in an effort to bring compost education to the forefront of SF State's waste management policy. Prior to this composting was only collected behind the scenes, from the Student Center's vendors. With this implementation of compost in the Student Center, SF State is well on its way to achieving its goal of zero waste by 2020.

This project also resulted in the creation of the Student Center's Sustainable Initiatives Program which takes a multi-dimensional approach to making zero waste a reality within the building through, policy making, signage, workshops, documentary screenings, volunteer and internship programs, waste diversion training within the building, sustainable community member of the month award, and a sustainability page on the Cesar Chavez Student Center's website If you would like to get involved with the Sustainability Program in the Student Center, please email sustainability@sfsustudentcenter.com or go to the Student Center's Sustainable Initiatives website.


RecycleMania is a national recycling competition for colleges and universities that helps to promote waste diversion programs. Weekly reporting allows the schools to track their recycling rates and rank with other schools in the competition. This friendly competition aims to increase recycling and composting through student involvement.

Construction & Demolition Recycling

San Francisco recycles over 80% of all construction and demolition waste. Sunset Scavenger and Golden Gate Disposal & Recycling Company are the registered haulers with the city of San Francisco responsible for disposing of SF State's waste. They transport construction debris to a modern recycling facility specifically designed to recycle wood, metal, sheetrock, and other construction waste.

SF Greasecycle

San Francisco Public Utility Commission's SF Greasecycle program is a citywide effort that diverts fats, oils, and grease, away from the sewers and recycling it into biodiesel, an environmentally friendly alternative to petroleum diesel. San Francisco State is proud to participate in this program and collected over 18,000 pounds of grease from kitchens on campus in 2009.