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.
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.
|Meat & poultry|
|Cooking grease & oils (in small amounts mixed with dry materials)|
|Fish & shellfish|
|Soiled pizza boxes (greasy)|
|Napkins & paper towels|
|Shrub & tree clippings|
|Branches under 4 feet long & 3 inches in diameter|
We CANNOT accept any plastics labeled as compostable or bio-degradable because they take twice as long to breakdown as the natural compostable material (yard waste, food scraps and food-soiled paper) we collect and send to the WM EarthCare composting facility. Moreover, the high-quality compost that WM EarthCare produces would lose its organic farming certification if compostable or bio-degradable plastics were mixed in with the yard waste, food scraps and food-soiled paper we collect. Please DO NOT put any of the following items in your green cart for compost:
|–||NO Compostable or Bio-degradable plastics of any kind|
|–||NO Compostable or Bio-degradable bags|
|–||NO Compostable or Bio-degradable cups or containers|
|–||NO Compostable or Bio-degradable utensils|
|NO Plastic bags|
|NO Coffee cups|
|NO Paper soft drink cups or paper soup cups|
|NO Waxed cardboard|
|NO Waxed paper|
|NO Palm fronds|
|NO Poison Oak|
|NO Pet or human waste|
Take a look at how your compostables are turned into organic compost at Redwood Landfill.
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!
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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