San Francisco Department of the Environment

Zero Waste Resources for Event Producers

Recycling and Composting are mandatory for events. San Francisco event producers are required to attend a free zero waste event training.


Please download the Zero Waste Event Checklist with step-by-step instructions on how to comply with the Mandatory Recycling and Composting Ordinance.

  • Recycling Plan: Special event permit applications must include a recycling plan
  • Sufficient Service: Events must subscribe to sufficient recycle, compost and landfill service from Recology
  • Containers: Recology also offers recycle, compost and landfill event containers with pre-printed labels to facilitate the event's zero waste program

Free Consultations

SF Environment offers free consultations to reduce refuse costs - Call SF Environment at (415) 355-3700.

  • Plan - Creating a waste diversion plan to minimize unnecessary refuse costs
  • Signage - Optimization of bin and signage setups 
  • Checklist - Guidance through the process with a Zero Waste Event Checklist


Event Greeners 

Hiring event greeners is highly recommended for a successful zero waste event. 

Signs, Checklists, Products, Vendors

All signage and checklists are available through SF Environment. Please call (415) 355-3700 to pick-up signs. 

Zero Waste Legislation

Learn about zero waste legislation event organizers must follow: Recycling and Composting Ordinance, Checkout Bag Ordinance, Food Service Waste Reduction Ordinance (compostable or recyclable to-go containers and no styrofoam. 

Additional Resources

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