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Recology Modernization and Expansion Project

Recology currently collects and processes residential, commercial, and municipal waste produced in San Francisco and a portion of Brisbane.  Recology’s existing waste processing and resource recovery operations occur at their three solid waste management facilities, primarily located at its 44.2 acre Tunnel Avenue Facility, just west of Highway 101 near the Candlestick Interchange. The Tunnel Avenue Facility straddles the geographic boundary between the Brisbane and San Francisco, and is thus located within both cities.   

Recology is proposing a comprehensive modernization program designed to facilitate management of San Francisco’s solid waste stream and is aimed at achieving the 2020 “Zero-Waste” goals established by the San Francisco Commission on the Environment.   The term “Zero-Waste” means that no associated material is sent to a landfill or incinerated (San Francisco Department of the Environment, 2003). The project details can be found here, or refer to the Notice of Preparation below.


Implementation of the Project will require a number of city approvals and permits which will require numerous public hearings and opportunities for public input.

The first step in this process is the preparation of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the proposal.  An EIR identifies, analyzes and discloses the potential environmental effects of the proposed project and identifies measures that reduce (mitigate) the environmental impacts which have been identified.  To effectively review an EIR, please visit the EIR Training page.

The City of Brisbane published a Notice of Preparation (NOP) which declares the City’s intent to prepare an EIR and provides the public, interested parties, and public agencies the opportunity to comment on what environmental topics should be addressed in the forthcoming EIR. The NOP provides a description of the project and identifies those environmental issues to be studied in the forthcoming EIR.

Comments on the NOP were accepted from April 13th to May 14th, 2015 and are available to review here.

The City of Brisbane also held a Scoping Meeting to accept public comments on what topics should be studied in the forthcoming EIR on Thursday, April 30th, 2015 at the Community Meeting Room, City Hall, 50 park Place, Brisbane, CA.  The purpose of the Scoping was for the City to solicit input from public agencies, organizations, and members of the public regarding the scope and content of the EIR.
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