Founded in 1921, Norcal Waste Systems is an employee-owned and operated company that provides solid waste collection, transfer, disposal and recycling services. The company owns and operates nearly two dozen subsidiaries and serves more than 570,000 residential and over 55,000 commercial customers. Norcal Waste Systems recycling services include material recovery, construction and demolition debris recycling, and large-scale composting of food and organic wastes. It also owns and operates several landfills and organizes public awareness programs related to recycling and resource conservation. Norcal Waste Systems has received several awards and recognitions for its waste reduction and environmental protection efforts. Headquartered in San Francisco, the company maintains a location in Santa Clara, Calif.