Anti Scavenging Ordinance
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Anti Scavenging Ordinance

Illegal Scavenging of Recyclable Materials

On January 18, 2011, the City Council adopted Ordinance 561, establishing provisions for the regulation and citation of individuals who remove recyclable materials from curbside bins without the permission of the residents, businesses, or authorized refuse collector.

What does the Ordinance Prohibit?

The ordinance makes the unauthorized removal of recyclable materials from curbside bins an infraction punishable by a fine of $100 for first time offenders, $200 for two-time offenders in the same year, and $500 if caught a third time within twelve months of the second infraction.

More Information:

Follow this link to view the City's ordinance: Section 8.07.060—Scavenging, of Chapter 8.07—Storage and Disposal of Solid Waste and Recyclable Materials, of Title 8—Health and Safety of the Foster City Municipal Code.

Need to report the theft of recyclables?

Foster City's Ordinance will be enforced by the Foster City Police Department. If you witness illegal scavenging, please call the Foster City Police Department at (650)286-3300.


Downloadable Copy of Scavenging Ordinance

City Hall - 610 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA 94404
(650) 286-3200