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  • OOS Recycleworks: garbage info photo

Curbside Collection

Hauler Map

Use our interactive map below to determine which hauler provides service in your area as well as what type of collection services they provide. Also listed are the major waste transfer stations within the County.


The SBWMA, also known as RethinkWaste, is a joint powers authority that was formed by the County of San Mateo and 11 other municipalities (Atherton, Belmont, Burlingame, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Hillsborough, Menlo Park, Redwood City, San Carlos, San Mateo, and the West Bay Sanitary District) to manage contracts (currently with Recology San Mateo County) surrounding waste collection services.

Unincorporated County Areas in the SBWMA


CSA-8 and the CFA are governed by the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, and County staff administer their contracts for curbside garbage and recycling collection services through a franchise agreement with Recology San Mateo County. The SBWMA and the member agencies also administer a Franchise Agreement for the operator of the Shoreway Environmental Center (owned by the member agencies of the SBWMA).


  • Baywood Park (Crystal Springs area)
  • Burlingame Hills
  • Devonshire Canyon
  • San Mateo Highlands
  • Sequoia Tract
  • Trailer Rancho
  • Emerald Lake Hills
  • Harbor Industrial
  • Kensington Square
  • Oak Knoll
  • Peninsula Golf Club
  • Palomar Park



Special Districts

Special districts are a form of local government created by a local community to meet a specific need. When residents or landowners want new services or higher levels of existing services, they can form a district. We also have areas that are not technically a formal district but have formed to address a specific purposes and are only used for those types of services.

Other Solid Waste Districts in our County:

Other Areas

Some parts of the unincorporated County areas are not under a franchise agreement with a particular hauler, or they may be part of an agreement with a nearby city. These areas include Broadmoor, unincorporated Colma, El Granada, Ladera, Loma Mar, Los Trancos Woods/Vista Verde, Menlo Oaks, Miramar, Montara/Moss Beach, Pescadero, Princeton-by-the-Sea, Rural South Coast/Skyline, San Gregorio, Skylonda, and Stanford Lands.

What is a Franchise?

Franchised areas are communities where municipalities or special districts have used their bulk purchasing power to negotiate rates with a hauler to provide waste collection services.

The Process for Creating a New Franchised Area

Request to the Board of Supervisors that the service area be added as a franchise area. Refer, Public Resource Code, Part 8., CHAPTER 3. FRANCHISE BY COUNTIES, 49200-49205 for more information.

  1. Request to the Board of Supervisors that the service area be added as a franchise area. Refer, Public Resource Code, Part 8., CHAPTER 3. FRANCHISE BY COUNTIES, 49200-49205 for more information.
  2. Board Approval
  3. Letter to Homeowners

Pescadero Transfer Station

The location of the Pescadero TS/MRF is off Bean Hollow Road in Pescadero, CA 94060. The County of San Mateo owns the site. This Transfer Station serves the South Coast community.
Current Gate Rates (PDF)

New State Organics Reduction Law SB 1383

Senate Bill 1383 (Lara, Chapter 395, Statutes of 2016) was passed in 2016 as part of California’s larger strategy to combat climate change. This law is the largest and most prescriptive waste management legislative update in California since AB 939. For more information about the law visit www.calrecycle.gov/organics/slcp/collection.  The County of San Mateo is hosting two virtual public meetings to discuss changes to residential and commercial waste services.

Join a community public meeting on: 

Thursday, October 28th from 6:30pm to 7:45pm

Register here: https://smcgov.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwldOCorjksE9dKb_S1S3UOOydukmsDb2Bo


Saturday, October 30th from 11am-12:15pm

Register here: https://smcgov.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcodO6uqzIiE9M1ixXvm3ClUnzNDMw7TgB2