Trash generated by County residents and employees are disposed of in nearby landfills. These landfills require significant space, generate harmful greenhouse gases and contaminate the surrounding properties. By encouraging County residents to reduce, reuse, and recycle, we can reduce the amount of trash we send to landfills and further protect our precious natural resources.

The Government Operations Climate Action Plan sets a goal of diverting 75% of all solid waste by 2020. To achieve this goal, the County will expand recycling and composting programs at County facilities, as well as updating the Environmental Purchasing Policy to address waste, standardize purchases, and reuse inventory.

The County's Energy Efficiency Climate Action Plan for its incorporated communities sets a goal to strive towards zero waste by reducing the amount of waste sent to landfills to 4 lbs per person per day by 2020, including a 25% food diversion rate. 

See the County's progress towards zero waste on its Shared Vision 2025 Dashboard


RecycleWorks, a County program, is designed to educate the residents and employees of San Mateo County about ways they can reduce the amount of waste they generate, and how to properly recycle and compost. 

Visit the RecycleWorks website for more information!