Recycling Program

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Recycling Program

Did you know that an aluminum can will be back on the shelf in 60 days if recycled? If not, it will sit in a landfill for 500 years before it oxidizes!

State assembly bill AB 939 requires that all communities in the State of California shall recycle at least 50% of the solid waste from the waste stream or face fines of up to $10,000 per day.   With the passage of AB 341 the State has adopted a goal of recycling 75% by the year 2020.  To meet these goals, the City of San Luis Obispo has contracted with San Luis Garbage Company to offer the City of San Luis Obispo’s businesses and residents commingled single stream recycling. 

Stay tuned for new projects in our Garbage and Recycling programs to help us meet these goals!

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Residential Recycling

Recycling reduces the amount of waste sent to our local landfills, prevents pollution and saves energy. Each resident in San Luis Obispo has access to residential recycling bins of 32, 64 or 96 gallon capacity included in the price of regular garbage service. Please contact San Luis Garbage for questions regarding waste services.  

It is crucial that we keep our recycling clean! Contamination prevention starts at the bin and is the responsibility of our entire community. Follow these three easy steps to avoid contamination in your recycling bins:

  1. Check the list. Recycling summary and resources listed below.
  2. Wipe it clean. Wipe out food-containing recyclables with a paper towel before disposing of them. Rinsing wastes water and is not usually necessary.
  3.  Properly dispose. Remember that recyclables should not be bagged (with the exception of shredded paper).
  • For a comprehensive guide to what material is recyclable check out
  • To print out a home recycling guide click here

Thanks for recycling!



Commercial Recycling

The commercial customers of San Luis Garbage can have up to 8 cubic yards of recyclables collected each week included with their garbage service.  For more information on what recycling services are available to your business please contact the SLO County Integrated Waste Management Authority at (805) 782-8530 to set up a visit from a recycling specialist. A meeting with a recycling specialist will allow for a tailored recycling plan for your business that will help maximize the recycling you can do while reducing the waste that goes to local landfills.

For more information on what to recycle and the services available locally visit