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You are standing at the trash bins at the front gate of Noisebridge. If it is Monday & Thursday trash night, they'll be picked up in the morning. If it is Friday afternoon, they can be brought back inside.

You see trash bins.

EXITS: Gate, Fence, Parking, Street

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Cleanliness is safeliness. Now that we live in a post-COVID-19 world, it is all the more important to keep Noisebridge clean so that we aren't a vector for the virus. Some things can still be done weekly or twice weekly, such as trash (see Weekly Chores). Other things, particularly cleaning, should be done at least daily.

  • WEEKLY EVENTS: TRASH NIGHT MONDAY AND THURSDAYS! Please take the bins out Monday & Thursday nights by midnight as the trash truck comes between 1:30 to 2:30am so we can be sure they're out in time.
  • MONTHLY EVENTS: Fire extinguisher check & medkit replenishment.
  • DISCUSS THREAD: Noisebridge Trash Plan / Docs Thread

Daily Chores[edit | edit source]

Clean these things at least daily with a disinfectant wipe, or a rag soaked in disinfectant or all-purpose cleaner spray:

  • light switches and sliders
  • doorknobs (bathrooms, Turing, wood shop, SparkleForge (the surface around where the knob would be), quiet room, upstairs entrance, gate)
  • toilet handles and faucets
  • table tops
  • chair contact surfaces (might be a good idea to stick to hard plastic seats for awhile)
  • keyboards and mice
  • joysticks, game controllers, etc.

If you find food, an open beverage container, etc. abandoned (and you're sure it doesn't belong to someone who's in the bathroom or something), trash it. Don't let Noisebridge become a haven for vermin.

Feel free to empty out any full trash cans and replace their liners.

The end of the day is a good time to put away any tools or other supplies that are left out. Of course, it's even more excellent to not leave things out when you leave in the first place.

Weekly Chores[edit | edit source]

The objective of having weekly chores at Noisebridge is the first minimize the amount of time need to pay for a 3rd party cleaning service to spend here, and secondly to make sure the space is tidy. The idea of having chores in the list doesn't mean that it's ok to be messy, please be excellent to others by cleaning up after yourself.

Feel like helping out Noisebridge? Great! Listed bellow are tasks that can be completed once a week. Pick a task and do it! Sign off when you're done so people don't do it again.

Tasks[edit | edit source]

Items sorted in highest priority to lowest.

  • Take out trash - Empty all space cans into the street cans, replaces liners, take the street cans down to the street Monday and/or Thursday night (where applicable/if there's trash)
  • Sweep common spaces floors - Common space, main hall, library, electronics lab.
  • Sweep kitchen, bathroom, classroom floors - Kitchen and both classrooms.
  • Mop common spaces floors - Common space, main hall, library, electronics lab.
  • Mop kitchen, bathroom, classroom floors - Kitchen and both classrooms.
  • Clean bathrooms - Scrub the bowl and the sink, make sure there's soap and tp, empty trash.
  • Clean kitchen - Scrub all work surfaces, return all dishes and cups to kitchen, send out a nasty email if there are unwashed dishes piled around, do remaining dishes because you're a saint.
  • Tidy up work surfaces - Includes 3 work tables (across from the dirty shop and class rooms), coffee tables near the couches, greeting desk, electronic lab main table, library work tables, class room tables, put books back in the library.
  • Gather up chairs - Stools go with tall bar tables, chairs go with short tables, electronics lab and class rooms. Clear off junk from couches.
  • Clean up hack shelf - Make sure all donated hackable items are on the shelf, sort them out so they're easy to get to.
Tasks 1st - 7th 8th - 14th 15th - 21st 22nd - 28th x
Take out trash
Sweep common spaces floors
Sweep kitchen, bathroom, classroom floors
Mop common spaces floors
Mop kitchen, bathroom, classroom floors
Clean bathrooms
Clean kitchen
Tidy up work surfaces
Gather up chairs
Clean up hack shelf

Monthly Chores[edit | edit source]

Fire extinguisher tags should be checked and the month marked as checked on the card.
  • First Aid Kit replenishment: Inventory and replenish first aid kit.
  • Fire extinguisher inspections: Each month we need to inspect our fire extinguishers.

If they're still in good condition (unit mounted to wall under white/red arrow sign, pin is in place, dial reads full/green, etc.). If everything is in order, check the month off on the safety card attached to it.

Services[edit | edit source]

Electricity[edit | edit source]

We have a business account with PG&E to provide service to two meters for us.

The master switches for these meters are located in the basement, and are both labeled "3rd Floor". Their meter numbers 6331H5 for the back of the space (east side, away from Mission St.), and 703T78 for the front side (west side, against Mission St). The meters will have these numbers on them as well.

Trash and Recycling[edit | edit source]

We currently have bins from Sunset Scavenger.

Trash pickup is Friday morning!
Please take the bins out Thursday nights by midnight as the trash truck comes between 1:30 to 2:30am so we can be sure they're out in time.

As of Oct 2021 we have trash and recycling pickup from Sunset Recology, FRIDAY mornings around 2 am - 4 am.

On Thursday, ask others to help! Go around the whole space to check the smaller trash containers. Empty them into trash/recycling bags. Then add those bags into the large blue and black one under the front stairs. Remember to check:

  • wood shop dust collector
  • wood shop sawdust bin
  • wood scrap bin
  • both bathrooms
  • small trash and recycling cans in every room

Please replace trash bags in the medium sized bins. Trash bags are generally stored in the bathroom and on the white shelves by the hack lounge. Also excellent, bag up loose trash before you put it into the large bins!

On Thursday any time, move the large bins out to the front porch.

Thursday night, move the large bins out to the sidewalk!

Friday morning, bring the large bins back inside.

It's good to keep the trash contained in bags, because if it isn't, when the collectors empty the large bins into their truck, trash blows out and gets all over the street.

Sunset Recology account info:

  • Login page
  • username:
  • account number: 516474274
  • email on account:

Password and other info are pinned in the finance slack channel.

Sharps[edit | edit source]

There is a sharps container because people use intravenous, medically necessary drugs, and because it's very bad for sharps to end up in the trash. Don't use hard drugs at Noisebridge.

If the sharps container becomes half-full or so, please take it to GLIDE at 6th and Mission and get a replacement container of the same dimensions.

Please document how that process works when you do.

Compost[edit | edit source]

Compost, at least according to the SF Department of the Environment definition, is basically any and all food, plus stuff that can biodegrade, like paper towels, coffee grounds, pizza boxes, "Compostable"-labeled plastic, etc.

Compost goes in the green bin.

Recycling[edit | edit source]

Recycling, broadly speaking, is non-food-soiled paper, alumin(i)um and tin cans, glass and PET(E) plastic. Please give food-soiled items a brief rinse before dropping them in the bin (food-soiled paper can be composted). For more information on what specific plastics can be recycled curbside in SF, check the Recology website.

  • No plastic bags
  • Styrofoam is not curbside recyclable!

Recycling goes in the blue bin.

Garbage[edit | edit source]

Trash is basically everything else not specified above.

Landfill waste goes in the black bin.

Street cans[edit | edit source]

  • 1 large bin for trash
  • 1 large bin for recycling

Both bins live in the elevator room; please keep them there.

Space cans[edit | edit source]

The space has four large cans in a wooden framework:

  • 2 landfill (black)
  • 1 recycling (blue)
  • 1 compost/food waste (green)

San Francisco mandates that waste be separated into the appropriate bin. Each has a graphical sticker placed on it by the garbage company denoting what is appropriate for which. When in doubt you can try checking the Recology site to see what can go in the blue can or the green can.

When the can gets full please tie off the bag and dump it into the large street cans living in the elevator room. Bag liners can be found in the bathrooms, kitchenette, and white utility shelves downstairs; please put one back in the can when done.

E-waste[edit | edit source]

Got something that's e-waste? Desktop computer? Monitor? Electronics? Batteries? There's a space in the elevator room for all that. The pile should only be used for Noisebridge items and not a personal dumping ground.

Kim[edit | edit source]

Kim lives nearby, came by in summer 2011, and works as a recycler for metal and ewaste. Contact her at 2krandolph (at) if you have electronic waste, metal desks, metal shelving, refrigerators, stoves, televisions, cell phones, and so on that need to be picked up.

Trash Warrior[edit | edit source]

We've used Trash Warrior a few times at 272 Capp. You can use their website to schedule a pickup. A truckload of stuff is usually about $75-100. Take a photo of the stuff nicely staged on the front porch or the curb to attach to the pickup request.

Environmental Logistics Management[edit | edit source]

Environmental Logistics Management & Asset Recovery Services Corporation does free picks up of 30lb or more. If you feel that the pile is large enough for a pick up, please go to their site and schedule a pickup then email the list stating the date and time.\

E-WasteSF[edit | edit source]


Phone:(415) 483-6868

This place is on 2915 16th Street near the BART station. Go down Capp & then turn right onto 16th and it's halfway down the block.

You should make sure that what you are bringing does not contain paint, ink, and things that are not composed of metals / electronics. Make sure to have some computers when you bring E-Waste over and double-check the website first to see what they take and charge. Do NOT tell them you are from a company and try to make trips as infrequent as possible. We want to work with them, not against them.

Cleaning Service[edit | edit source]

Skyline Building Care used to come by once a month. Service was cancelled in November.

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