Recology is an integrated resource recovery company headquartered in San Francisco, California. The company collects and processes municipal solid waste, reclaiming useful materials that would have otherwise been buried in a landfill. The company also operates transfer stations, materials recovery facilities, a number of landfills, and continues to spearhead renewable energy projects. Recology is the largest organics compost facility operator by volume in the United States.
Recology Inc. is the parent to approximately 40 operating companies, including Recology San Francisco, Recology CleanScapes, and Recology Portland. These subsidiaries partner with approximately 132 communities in California, Washington, and Oregon, helping over 700,000 residential and 100,000 commercial customers divert material from landfills.
Recology operates a number of facilities:
Recology is responsible for achieving the highest landfill diversion rate in the country through collaboration with the City of San Francisco, which created a Mandatory Recycling and Composting Ordinance.
In April 2009, Recology, formerly known as Norcal Waste Systems, Inc., changed its name to reflect its culture and values, and the activities in which it was already heavily invested. The name Recology is a portmanteau of the words "recycle" and "ecology".