Trash, Recycling & Composting

One Market Trash, Recycling, Composting Collection Program

One Market Plaza has implemented a commingled recycling and composting program that can realistically divert 75% or more of the building's waste system. The effectiveness of the program is heavily dependent on tenant participation and they are looking for our support in order to make One Market Plaza a green place to work. The City of San Francisco has set a goal of zero waste by 2020, meaning all waste generated will be diverted to recycling or composting and has taken proactive initiatives including credits for trash bills to commercial buildings that can divert more than half of their waste stream. Participation in the program therefore helps the environment and will help reduce disposal costs which will be seen in the form of lower operating expenses.

One Market Plaza’s Green Office Guide
Recycling Reference Material
Composting Reference Material
Monthly E-waste Pickup

Building Standard Recycling and Refuse Program

In order to keep our recycling and refuse program uniform throughout the building, we kindly request our tenants to follow the building standard when purchasing and placing receptacles in your space. Tenants still using the caddies are requested to transition to the 28 Qt black waste bin.

Private Office and Workstations

  • Each office or workstation should have (1) 28 Qt BLUE Recycling container for RECYCLABLE PRODUCTS
  • Each office or workstation should have (1) 28 Qt BLACK Trash container for NON-RECYCLABLE PRODUCTS


  • Each kitchen should have at a minimum (1) 23 Gal BLUE Recycling container or (1) built-in receptacle for RECYLABLE PRODUCTS
  • Each kitchen should have (1) 23 Gal BLACK or (1) built-in receptacle designated for NON-RECYCLABLE PRODUCTS
  • Each kitchen may have at a minimum (1) 23 Gal GREEN Container or (1) 13 Qt Green container or (1) built-in receptacle designated for COMPOSTABLE PRODUCTS

Copy / Office Supply Areas

  • Each copy area should have at a minimum (1) 28 Qt BLUE recycling container or (1) 23 Gal Blue Recycling container for RECYCLABLE PRODUCTS

Recycling Program

One Market Plaza offers a commingled recycling program. Tenants will typically have one (1) 28 Qt. blue can for commingled recycling at each desk side and a 23 Gal larger recycling receptacle in their copy rooms and kitchens.

These receptacles will have a clear liner to represent that only recyclable products are allowed. Commingled recycling allows tenants to dispose of all acceptable recycled products in a blue trash can without the need to separate cans & bottles from paper products. The following are considered acceptable and non-acceptable recycled products per Recology:

YES - These items are acceptable:

Metal – (no liquids or food)

  • Aluminum cans
  • Aluminum foil and trays (ball foil up to softball size)
  • Caps and lids from bottles, jars and steel (tin) cans
  • Paint cans (must be empty or dry)
  • Spray cans (must be empty)
  • Steel (tin) cans

Paper - (clean, dry and unsoiled)

  • Bags (paper only, no plastic)
  • Cardboard (non-waxed)
  • Cereal boxes (remove plastic liner)
  • Computer and office paper
  • Egg cartons
  • Envelopes (windows okay)
  • Junk mail and magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Packing or craft paper
  • Phonebooks
  • Sticky notes
  • Shredded paper (place in sealed paper bag and label "Shredded Paper")
  • Wrapping paper (non-metallic)

YES - These items are acceptable:

Plastic – (except those labeled "compostable", no liquids or food)

  • Bottles (leave caps on)
  • Buckets (metal handle ok)
  • Coffee cup lids
  • Containers and clamshells
  • Cups and plates (plastic only, no styrofoam)
  • Flower pots and trays
  • Toys (no electronics, metal or batteries)
  • Tubs and lids

Glass – (no liquids or food)

  • Glass bottles and jars only (metal caps and lids too)

NO - These items are NOT acceptable:

  • Batteries
  • Ceramic dishware or glassware
  • Clothing and linens
  • Coat hangers
  • Electronics
  • Foil-backed or plastic-backed paper
  • Food
  • Glass mirrors and windows
  • Juice or soy milk type boxes with foil liner
  • Large items (furniture, metal, plastic, wood, etc.)
  • Light bulbs: Incandescent, Fluorescents, and HIDs
  • Plastic bags, wrappers or film
  • Plastic items mixed with metal, fabric or rubber
  • Plastic labeled “Compostable” or
  • “Biodegradable”
  • Soiled paper (paper cups, plates, napkins, tissues, towels, take-out boxes and greasy pizza boxes)
  • Styrofoam
  • Waxed cardboard and paper
  • Wood
  • Yard Trimmings

Composting Program

One Market Plaza is proud to also offer compost service at the tenant’s request in your common areas (i.e. conference rooms and kitchens). The building has purchased 23 Gal green slim jim compost bins (for larger offices) and 28 Qt. green compost bins (for smaller offices) and will supply to the tenants if available. Used hand towels in the building’s restrooms will be composted in 2011 as long as only compostable products are deposited in the receptacles.

Compost bins will have a clear liner or a green compostable bag to represent that compost materials are allowed.

The following are considered acceptable and non-acceptable compostable products:

YES - These items are acceptable:

Food Scraps (anything that used to be alive)

  • Bread, grains and pasta
  • Coffee grounds with paper filter
  • Dairy
  • Eggshells
  • Fruit (pits and nuts too)
  • Leftovers and spoiled food
  • Meat (including bones)
  • Seafood (including shellfish)
  • Tea and tea bags
  • Vegetables

Yard Trimmings

  • Branches and brush
  • Flowers and floral trimmings
  • Grasses and weeds
  • Leaves
  • Tree Trimmings (less than 6 inches in diameter and 4 feet long)

YES - These items are acceptable:

Soiled Paper

  • Paper bags, napkins, tissues and hand towels
  • Coffee filters
  • Greasy pizza boxes
  • Paper cups and plates
  • Paper ice cream containers (metal rim is okay)
  • Paper take-out boxes and containers
  • Paper tea bags
  • Waxy paper milk and juice cartons (no foil liner, plastic spout ok)


  • Cutlery clearly labeled "Compostable"
  • Plastic clearly labeled "Compostable" (green stripe or sticker to allow for easy identification)
  • Small pieces of lumber or sawdust from clean wood only (no plywood, pressboard, painted, stained or treated wood)
  • Vegetable wood crates (metal wire is okay)
  • Waxed cardboard and paper

Composting Program

NO - These items are NOT acceptable:

  • Aluminum foil or trays
  • “Biodegradable” plastic (not labeled "Compostable")
  • Ceramic dishware or glassware
  • Clothing and linens
  • Cooking oil
  • Corks
  • Diapers
  • Dirt, rocks or stone
  • Flower pots or trays
  • Foil-backed or plastic-backed paper
  • Glass, metal or plastic not labeled "Compostable"
  • Juice or soy milk type boxes with foil liner
  • Kitty litter or animal feces
  • Liquids or ice
  • Plastic bags, wrappers or film (not labeled "Compostable")
  • Plywood, pressboard, painted or stained wood
  • Recyclable/clean cardboard or paper
  • Styrofoam

Trash Waste

Tenants will typically have one (1) black waste bin or caddy at each desk side and a larger waste receptacle in their copy rooms and kitchens. These receptacles will have a solid liner (black, gray, or brown) to represent that non-recyclables (that are considered non-hazardous) are allowed.

To prevent the possibility of items being accidentally thrown away as trash, trash that cannot be deposited in the designated receptacles MUST be labeled with “TRASH / BASURA” in order for our janitorial staff to remove from your space. Please DO NOT leave items that are not trash on top or near wastebaskets that might be misconstrued as garbage.

YES - These items are acceptable:

  • Ceramic dishware or glassware
  • Clothing and linens
  • Coat hangers
  • Cooking grease (solid only)
  • Corks
  • Diapers
  • Foil-backed or plastic-backed paper
  • Glass mirrors and windows
  • Incandescent light bulbs (no fluorescents or HIDs)
  • Juice or soy milk type boxes with foil liner
  • Kitty litter and animal feces (bagged)
  • Pens and pencils
  • Plastic bags, wrappers and film (not labeled "Compostable")
  • Plastic items mixed with metal, fabric or rubber
  • Plastic labeled “Biodegradable” only
  • Rubber bands
  • Small pieces of plywood, pressboard, and painted or stained wood
  • Styrofoam

Trash Waste

NO - These items are NOT acceptable:

  • Appliances
  • Asbestos
  • Batteries
  • Coat Hangers
  • Construction debris
  • Cooking oil
  • Dirt, rocks or stone
  • Electronics
  • Fluorescent or HID light bulbs
  • Food scraps, soiled paper or yard trimmings
  • Household hazardous waste or chemicals
  • Large items (furniture, metal, plastic, wood, etc.)
  • Liquids or ice
  • Motor oil
  • Needles or syringes
  • Paint
  • Plastic labeled “Compostable”
  • Recyclable cardboard, glass, metal, paper or plastic
  • Toys with electronics or batteries
  • Waxed cardboard and paper
  • Waxy milk or juice cartons

More information regarding acceptable and non-acceptable recycling, composting and trash items can be found on the Recology (SF’s designated collection, recycling, & composting service) website.

Recycling / Composting Reference Manual

Commercial Recycle Collection Program

Recycling / Composting Reference Material

Commercial Compost Collection Program

Recycling / Composting Reference Material

Compostable Products

Monthly E-waste (Electronic Waste) Pickup

One Market Plaza is proud to partner with ewaste SF. to provide electronic waste (ewaste) recycling service to tenants at One Market Plaza. Ewaste SF will visit One Market Plaza once a month (on the 4th Wednesday of every month) and will remove e-waste from tenant suites during business hours.

How can tenants schedule a pick up?
Tenants will need to complete an electronic form at and include the following information:

  • Tenant Name
  • Location of pick up (i.e. One Market Plaza, Spear or Steuart Tower, floor, and suite #)
  • Contact person and phone number
  • Itemized list of ewaste and approximate amount

Please be sure to send requests NO later than 2 business days prior to the pick-up date. Tenants must also submit a completed Guest/Vendor Access form to our management office fax at (415) 814-6440 regarding the pick-up. This will serve as authorization to allow ewaste SF. to enter your space on the scheduled date.

Ewaste SF will be providing a door to door pick up service so please be sure the ewaste items are relocated to one location in the space, stacked neatly, and ready for pick up prior to the pick-up date.

What items will be accepted with the ewaste recycling service?

One Market Plaza, at this time, is able to recycle the following ACCEPTABLE ITEMS at no additional cost to our tenants:

  • Desk computers, laptops, servers, switches, cell phones and tablets

The Following Items will be accepted for a fee:

  • Toners, Computer Monitors - CRT or Flat Screen, Television Sets, Laptop Computers, Desktop Computers, Scanners, Keyboards, Small Computer Speakers, Mouse, All other computer equipment, Inkjet Printers, Laser Printers, Fax Machines, Copiers, All-in-One printers, DVD Players, VCRs, other Home Entertainment & Stereo Equipment, Cell Phones and Accessories, Regular Phones, Small Answering Machine, VHS tapes, DVDs, CDs.

Items not included in the above list may be accepted by ewaste SF. at a charge. Please contact ewaste SF by phone at (425) 757-7111 or by email at on items normally not accepted.

Recycling Kiosk

The recycling is located in the mail room and is available to tenants at no additional cost. It serves as a collection center and will accept CDs, batteries up to D size, printer cartridges (not toner), cell phones, and clean plastic bags. Tenants are welcome to also bring these items from home.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I am unsure if the items should go into TRASH, RECYCLING, or COMPOST?

  • When in doubt, throw it out (into the trash bin). It is crucial to not contaminate the recycling containers and compost receptacles. Minimizing the amount of contaminants in these bins will increase Recologys’ ability to recycle and compost items efficiently. The reference materials provided by Recology will also help you identify what is considered recyclable and compostable.

What should I do with trash and plastic bags?

  • At this time, Recology has instructed trash and plastic bags to be deposited in the trash bins. Please DO NOT deposit bags in the blue recycling containers. They will get jammed in the filter at the Recology recycling facility.

Can I throw away needles and syringes in the receptacles?

  • Needles and syringes need to be treated as biohazard and disposed of by a trained outside company. Never throw them into a receptacle as janitorial staff and other handlers of the rubbish are being put at risk of injury and potential infection.

How do I dispose of cardboard boxes?

  • Please flatten and use a Trash / Basura sticker OR write Trash / Basura on the items and leave near a large receptacle in the copy area or kitchen. Janitorial staff have been instructed to NOT throw any items outside of the receptacle containers unless noted as trash. If additional disposal is needed, please call the management office at (415) 814-6480 or place a work order through AwareManager to have a rolling cart or barrel requested. Please separate recycling and trash if possible.

How do I dispose of misc. large items?

  • Three types of compactors are used at One Market Plaza to efficiently dispose of trash, recycling, and compost. Due to their limitations, we cannot dispose of any items that will not fit in the compactor or will damage the rams such as broken chairs, furniture pieces, and other office equipment. These compactors are designed to only accept typical day to day office rubbish. The building is willing (at its discretion) to assist with disposing of one-off items as a courtesy to tenants for a charge. Please contact the building office for more details.
  • Please DO NOT leave unwanted items (that are not considered typical day to day office rubbish) in the freight elevator vestibules, in the loading dock, or in the compactors. Janitorial staff will not remove these items and if determined tenants will be charged a nominal fee for their disposal.
  • It is requested that large usable items be recycled through companies like iReuse and Goodwill. Items that cannot be reused should be coordinated with a rubbish remover such as Recology at the expense of the tenant.

Will my kitchen smell if I have a compost bin?

  • You shouldn’t notice any differences in terms of smell because the same type of trash is still being deposited in the kitchen. The main difference is that compostable items are being directed to a compost bin versus a trash receptacle.

How often is TRASH, RECYCLING, or COMPOST emptied?

  • Trash, recycling, and composting is emptied on a nightly basis, Monday through Friday excluding Building Holidays.

Is biodegradable the same as compostable?

  • Biodegradable is NOT the same as compostable. There are stringent requirements for products to be considered compostable and the timeframe it takes to breakdown and decompose. Recology is facing many issues with food service item ware that are being deposited in compost that are referenced as biodegradable. Please use one of the links in the compost section or in the links / contact info section for vendors that provide certified compostable ware if you choose to purchase compostable items for your kitchens and pantries.

Can I get help with implementing and training my staff on recycling and composting?

  • The building management is happy to assist with helping your team implement a recycling and/or composting program. Please contact Robert Alvarado at 415-814-6445 or to discuss how the building management and janitorial teams can assist.
  • In addition, Recology provides free onsite training through ESA Renewable Resources.

What should I do with confidential paper?

  • Please do not recycle confidential documents in the blue receptacles. You should contact an outside contractor like NorCal Shredding Services (415) 621-6200 to have these documents properly handled.

Where can I visit to find out more information about recycling and composting?

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