Zero Waste

"In San Francisco, over half of what still goes in the landfill bins can be recycled in the blue bin or composted in the green bin." — SF Environment

Our Goals

Goal: Zero waste by 2020 (from 2010 Climate Action Plan)

Status: Not achieved. SF State currently diverts 80% of its waste from landfill. 


Goal: Phase out single use plastics (CSU Single Use Plastic Policy, 2018)

Status: In progress. SF State has phased out plastic straws, polystyrene containers, and plastic bags. Single use plastic water bottles will be phased out by January 2023, with a 25% reduction annually.

Highlights: Zero Waste

3-Bin System

SF State's standard waste collection system is installed throughout campus. Each contains recycling, compost, and waste bins. For information on how to recycle and compost visit our Zero Waste Guide.

Compost collection in restrooms

SF State has added compost bins in restrooms to provide convenient collection points for food waste and other compostables. 

Water bottle filling stations

SF State has installed water bottle filling stations throughout campus to make it easy to ditch single use plastic bottles. Filtered water is available in almost every building on campus. View a map of bottle filling stations.


Zero Waste Category:
Credit Status Points
Waste Minimization and Diversion (OP-19)  Complete 3.50 / 8.00
Construction and Demolition Waste Diversion (OP-20)  Complete 0.75 / 1.00
Hazardous Waste Management (OP-21)  Complete 1.00 / 1.00