Garbage/Recycling Services

New and Enhanced Services for Residential and Commercial Garbage,
Recyclable Material and Organic Waste Collection

UPDATE March 7, 2018:

New collection carts will be delivered to all single-family homes from March 12 to March 23. During these two weeks, your carts will be serviced on your normal collection day and will be replaced with new carts after they have been emptied. Please leave your old carts out until 6 pm on your collection day during these two weeks so they can be exchanged.

Cart Delivery Schedule:

March 12-16

  • Delivery of new blue Recycle and green Compost Carts
  • Delivery of Kitchen CompostPails
  • Removal of old Recycle and Yard Waste Carts

March 19-23

  • Delivery of new gray Garbage Carts
  • Removal of old Garbage Carts

Questions? Please call 650-592-2411 or email


At its meeting of September 5, 2017, the City Council approved a new 10-year franchise agreement with Republic Services (formerly Allied Waste Services) to provide Residential and Commercial Garbage, Recyclable Material and Organic Waste Collection services. The new agreement’s services will begin on April 2, 2018.

The new franchise agreement and new rates were approved following more than a year of negotiation and deliberation, which included discussion at several City Council meetings and workshops, and a community survey. The goal of those negotiations was to attain the best possible rates and services for the residents of Half Moon Bay. These critical and necessary services are important for the health and well-being of the entire community. 

Local rates for garbage and recycling services have historically been lower in Half Moon Bay than in other communities, and not fully reflective of the actual market rates. The new franchise agreement includes rate increases which make Half Moon Bay’s rates commensurate with nearby communities such as Montara and Granada, and others on the peninsula.

Document links:

Republic Services contact information:

There are a number of new and enhanced services being provided under the new agreement.

  • Old Carts Exchanged for New Carts
    Your carts will be exchanged in March. All residents will then have three carts, including a 64-gallon recycle cart (blue) and a 96-gallon compost cart (green). Garbage carts (gray) will remain the same size as you currently have (unless yours is a 96-gallon garbage cart, which will be replaced with a 64-gallon version). The largest garbage cart is being phased out, since the new recycling opportunities will result in less waste from households. You will be able to get a 20, 32, or 64-gallon garbage cart.

  • Kitchen Pail
    All households will receive a kitchen pail for easy collection of your food scraps, to be emptied into your new compost cart

  • HHW, E-Waste, and Shred Events
    Household hazardous waste (HHW) drop off, electronic waste (E-Waste) drop off, and document shredding will be available at events twice each year.

  • Bulky Items Pick Up
    You can schedule up to two bulky items pickups per year.

  • Oil, Oil Filter, and Battery Recycling
    Curbside recycling of used motor oil and oil filters will continue to be available.

  • Compost Giveaways
    The contents of compost bins are used to create great, rich compost material, that will be provided for free at scheduled events.

Click here for more information about construction, demolition and commercial debris recycling, and other solid waste and recycling information.