About Shoreway

Location & Hours

About Shoreway

The Shoreway Environmental Center, California’s Greenest Recycling Center and Transfer Station, serves as a national model for sustainable building practices and innovative recycling and material handling operations.

Residential and commercial solid waste and recyclable materials that are collected by the franchise hauler, Recology San Mateo County are taken to Shoreway for processing and shipment. The facility is operated by South Bay Recycling (SBR)  under a 10-year contract with RethinkWaste as of January 1, 2011.

The Shoreway Environmental Center functions as an integrated campus with separate buildings used as follows:


Transfer Station:

The Transfer Station is used for the unloading and transfer of solid waste, construction and demolition (C&D) debris and organics. The Transfer Station is open to the public every day except select holidays.


Materials Recovery Facility:

The MRF is used for the unloading, processing and shipment to end markets of recyclables from homes and businesses. The MRF is not open to the public.


Public Recycling Center:

The Public Recycling Center offers the buyback of recyclables, and free drop off of certain materials such electronic waste (TVs, computers, etc.) and some household hazardous waste (batteries, paints, waste oil, etc.)


Environmental Education Center:

Starting in January 2012, RethinkWaste will offer free tours to schools and the general public of the Shoreway Environmental Center.


Recology San Mateo County Offices:

Recology has its administrative offices located at Shoreway at 225 Shoreway Road, and is open to the public for bill payments and customer questions. Recology's operations yard is also located at Shoreway.


South Bay Recycling (SBR) Offices:

SBR, which operates the Shoreway Environmental Center on behalf of RethinkWaste, has its administrative offices housed in the MRF building. SBR's operations yard is also located at Shoreway.

The site operations are regulated by a number of local and State agencies with regular facility inspections. The facility is separately permitted by the California State Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB) to receive 3,000 tons per day of solid waste and recyclables.

Location and Hours

Public Recycling Center (Gate #1)

The Public Recycling Center, which includes the Buy-Back & Drop-Off Center, is located in front of the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF).

333 Shoreway Road

San Carlos, CA 94070

Phone: (650) 802-8355

Public Hours of Operation:

Monday - Saturday, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm

Sunday - CLOSED

The Transfer Station (Gate #1)

333 Shoreway Road

San Carlos, CA 94070

Phone: (650) 802-8355

Public Hours of Operation:

Monday - Friday, 6:00 am to 6:00 pm

Saturday & Sunday - 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

(Located east of Highway 101 along Shoreway Road, which is accessible from Ralston Avenue in Belmont or Holly Street in San Carlos)

The facility is closed on the following holidays:

·       Thanksgiving Day

·       Christmas Day

·       New Year's Day

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