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Certified Recyclable Material Collectors

To assist facilities that are not serviced by the City of San Diego in choosing a recycling service provider, the City has developed a certification process for private recycling collectors. Certification is voluntary. Certified recyclers will be listed on the City's website and in outreach materials related to the ordinance.

Certification is valid for up to two years. To become certified, recyclers must complete an application, pay a $130 application fee, provide proof of insurance and agree to comply with the requirements in PDF icon section 66.0714 of the Municipal Code.

  • Recyclers must keep collection vehicles and containers clean and well-maintained.
  • Containers must be equipped with close fitting lids, be leak-proof, rodent-proof and clearly identified as recycling containers with the name and number of the recycler and a list of materials accepted.
  • Recyclers are also required to submit an annual report to the Environmental Services Department.

If you would like to apply for certification, fill out the application and submit the required documentation along with the $130 processing fee. Please make check or money order payable to "City Treasurer" and mail to:

Environmental Services Department
Attn: CRMC Application
9601 Rideghaven Ct., Suite 320
San Diego, CA 92123-1636

Please review the PDF icon Certified Recyclable Materials Collector application for more information.

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