Recology and San Francisco Throw Out $112 Million Contract amid Legal Review

Date: November 29, 2012

Source: News Room

Facing legal challenges, the City of San Francisco and its waste hauler Recology have signed an agreement to terminate their 10-year $112 million waste contract while they study the issue for one year. The contract, which would have commenced in 2015, involved a plan to haul the city's waste 130 miles away by rail to Recology's Yuba County landfill. Currently, the city's waste is hauled to Waste Management's Altamont landfill. Waste Management sued the city alleging an improper bidding process and an inadequate environmental review. The company also supported an unsuccessful voter initiative that would have ended the city's no-bid contract, which has been included in San Francisco's City Charter since 1932.

See also: "San Francisco Votes to Uphold Recology Contract," (, June 5, 2012.

See also: "San Francisco Approves Contract to Ship Waste by Rail to Yuba County," (, July 21, 2011.

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