Commercial Compostables Service

Yard Waste and Food Scraps

Marin Sanitary Commercial Compost

Removing organic material from the landfill is a top priority for us. Not only does proper disposal of organic materials produce a soil amendment for California farmers, the removal also has an impact on reducing greenhouse gases. When organic material like food waste is landfilled, it breaks down anaerobically, creating methane and other greenhouse gases that leak from landfills and contribute to climate change.

Marin Sanitary Service offers two compost programs for our business customers. The first program is our regular compostables service for plant materials, food-soiled paper, and food scraps composting (see information below). The second program is our Food 2 Energy program which is aimed at large food waste generators (restaurants, delis, grocery stores) and diverts organic food waste from the landfill turning it into energy. A recycling coordinator will review these options with you upon starting service to assure you’re using the right program.

The size and number of compostables carts a business uses varies, but what goes in these compostable receptacles remains the same: only yard and food waste. Your compostable receptacles should be clearly marked and easy to identify. Please remember that we do not sort through the materials placed in garbage carts, so it is imperative to always place all of your yard waste and food scraps in a compostables cart.

Visit our Commercial Services page to review the size and container options for commercial customers.

Need help? Contact a Compostables Coordinator.

WHERE DOES IT GO, JOE?

It can be difficult to know what material goes into what container, but it’s very important that we avoid contaminating our recycling or compostable streams. When in doubt, use our handy “Where Does It Go, Joe?” online tool to find out what material goes where.
Where Does it go, Joe? tool

Below we’ve listed some general guidelines about what can and cannot go into your compostables cart(s), but the list isn’t comprehensive. When in doubt, please use the Where Does It Go, Joe tool above to look up a what cart a specific item should go into.

WHAT CAN GO IN YOUR GREEN COMPOSTABLES CART

What can go in compostables carts

FOOD SCRAPS

If you can eat it, it can go in the green cart!
Meat & poultry
Dairy products
Cooking grease & oils (in small amounts mixed with dry materials)
Fats
Fruit
Vegetables
Fish & shellfish
Egg shells
Coffee grounds
Tea bags

FOOD-SOILED PAPER

Soiled pizza boxes (greasy)
Paper plates
Napkins & paper towels

YARD WASTE

Grass clippings
Leaves
Weeds
Flowers
Straw
Shrub & tree clippings
Branches under 4 feet long & 3 inches in diameter
Commercial Compostables Cart

WHAT CANNOT GO IN YOUR COMPOSTABLES CART

What can't go in your compostables cart

Compostable plastics of any kind
 Waxed paper
 Waxed cardboard
 Cartons
 Palm fronds
 Yucca
 Poison oak
 Bamboo

 

Marin Sanitary says no plastic bags in compost

WHAT HAPPENS TO YOUR COMPOSTABLES

Take a look at how your compostables are turned into organic compost at Redwood Landfill.

EXTRA COMPOSTABLES

Green Waste Vase

Business owners or account holders may contact customer service at (415) 456-2601 prior to your service day if you find that your total amount of compostables (yard/food waste) exceeds the capacity of your container.

Please do not overload your compostable cart!

IT’S THE LAW

Commercial businesses that produce 4 cubic yards or more of solid waste per week, must recycle organics.

EXTRA FOOD

Got extra food? Contact ExtraFood.org for more information about their county-wide extra food recovery program.

BUY COMPOST & MULCH

Sustainable landscape products made locally from 100% recycled, Bay Area-sourced yard trimmings, food scraps and clean lumber debris.

FOOD 2 ENERGY

Large quantity food generators may qualify for our unique Food 2 Energy program that turns food scraps into energy.

WE’RE HERE TO HELP!

We provide compostables opportunity assessments, diversion planning, training and posters to help your business compost successfully.  Learn more by contacting a compostables coordinator at (415) 456-2601.

You may also email a compostables coordinator.

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