Don't Leave it on the Sidewalk!



Illegal dumping is a growing challenge for the sidewalks of San Francisco, with debris such as furniture, mattresses and appliances left out on the sidewalks near homes, schools and places of business. 

The Don’t Leave it on the Sidewalk campaign aims to educate the public about the adverse financial, environmental and social costs of illegal dumping on San Francisco’s sidewalks.

There is a significant cost associated with the seemingly innocent practice of unloading unwanted items and expecting that there is a service in place to pick them up.

Sidewalk dumping: 

  • Makes neighborhoods look unsightly
  • Attracts graffiti and other types of vandalism
  • Encourages more litter and other bulky item dumping
  • Is very costly to the taxpayer and wastes other community resources
  • Presents a safety hazard by obstructing pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists 
  • Attracts vermin, bacteria and mold

It is illegal to leave furniture, appliances, garbage bags, or anything on the sidewalk at any time unless you have a scheduled pick up from a licensed hauler or donation facility. More info for property owners about potential fines.

There are quick, convenient and easy ways to get rid of your old junk.

If you are paying for garbage service, all you need to do is schedule a free pickup.

cooler debrisContact your refuse company Recology at or (415) 330-1300. Program rules apply.

You can also visit the Department of Environment's Eco-Finder to find out how to get rid of just about anything.

More questions? Call 311.

Download the Don't Leave It on the Sidewalk Factsheet.


Refuse collection and diversion

This factsheet contains information from Recology on the materials collected by Public Works and how much was diverted from landfills.