Someone is stealing my recyclables. What can I do?
The law prohibits the theft of recyclables. Anyone caught unlawfully removing these materials from a recycling container may be prosecuted and is subject to a fine of up to $5000. The revenue earned from recyclables helps off-set the costs of all of Recology San Mateo County’s collection programs. Revenue lost through poaching can lead to increased rates in the long-term.
Limiting access to carts is the best way to prevent recycling theft and contamination. You may set out your carts or bins the morning of your pickup. Residential customers should set out carts by 6am. Commercial customers should set out carts and bins by 4:00am.
Recology also offers residential backyard and commercial inside service, as well as locking carts and bins. Contact us to inquire about pricing.
If you see someone taking your recyclables, obtain the time of the theft, description of the person, direction they were heading and vehicle description (if there was one), and report the theft to the non-emergency Police dispatch office in your city. For your safety, do not confront scavengers.
|Atherton Police Department
Belmont Police Department
Burlingame Police Department
East Palo Alto Police Department
|Foster City Police Department
Hillsborough Police Department
Menlo Park Police Department
Redwood City Police Department
|San Carlos Police Department
San Mateo Police Department
San Mateo County Sheriff’s