Zero Waste by 2020

SF State and the city of San Francisco are working toward the goal of reducing trash levels to Zero Waste by 2020. 

Current Initaitives

Recycling, Compost, and Waste Guide

Have questions about recycling or compost at SF State? Please see our Recycling Guide.

Reuse & Donations

Before you trash it, donate it! See our Reuse and Donations guide


RecycleMania is a national recycling competition for colleges and universities that promotes waste reduction and recycling. SF State placed 16th in the nation in 2014.

Construction & Demolition Recycling

San Francisco recycles over 80% of all construction and demolition waste. Construction debris is processed in a recycling facility specifically designed to recycle wood, metal, sheetrock, and other construction waste.

SF Greasecycle

San Francisco Public Utility Commission's SF Greasecycle program diverts fats, oils, and grease away from the sewers and recycles it into biodiesel. San Francisco State collects over 18,000 pounds of grease from kitchens each year.

Our Progress 

SF State has been steadily increasing its recycling and compost rate. As of 2009, SF State diverted over 71% of its waste from the landfill. 

Graph showing tons of waste, compost and recycling
Excludes construction waste (recycled) and yard waste (composted).