Marin Sanitary Service operates a dual-stream recycling program, meaning paper and cardboard are collected separately from containers (glass, plastic and metal). Collecting materials this way produces cleaner, higher-quality recycling material.
The size and number of recycling carts and/or bins a business uses varies, but what goes in these recycling receptacles remains the same: recyclables only. Your recycling receptacles should be clearly marked and easy to identify.
Visit our Commercial Services page to review the size and container options for commercial customers.
Please help us in reaching Marin’s zero waste goals by making sure that what you put into your recycling belongs there and not in the garbage or compost receptacles.
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.
The blue cart is for clean paper & cardboard only.
Please keep all paper separate from other recyclables before placing in the blue cart to prevent contamination.
The brown cart is for clean bottles, cans, and containers only.
Some businesses utilize a bin for cardboard recycling.
This bin is for cardboard only.
We’ve listed some general guidelines about what can and cannot go into your recycling carts, 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.
We provide compost and recycling opportunity assessments, diversion planning, training and posters to help your complex recycle successfully. Learn more by contacting a recycling coordinator at (415) 456-2601.
In this short video, we explain how the mantra “bottles, tubs, and jugs” will help ensure that you’re putting the right plastic in your recycling. Remember: keeping your film plastics out of your recycling may feel like a small contribution, but when it’s multiplied by the entire community, it makes an enormous difference!
In this short video, we explain how contamination can ruin your best recycling efforts.
Missed collections must be reported within 48 hours of the service day. MSS will make every effort to return that same if the miss is reported by noon or the following day if the miss is reported after noon. Any misses reported after 48 hours will be subject to a fee for collection.
Contact us to report a missed collection. You may also call our office Monday-Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. at (415) 456-2601.
Waste Assessment Tools — MSS Waste Assessment Instructions and Waste Assessment Worksheet
Staff Presentation — Economics of Recycling Presentation
Guide to Purchasing Recycling Containers (internal bins and permanent outdoor containers)
Theft of recyclable materials is illegal and may even put you at risk for identify theft. The cities and towns we serve are partnering with Marin Sanitary Service to help prevent future theft. Please help us out.
For your safety, if you see someone other than an employee of Marin Sanitary Service removing recyclables from your cart or bin, DO NOT confront the recycling thieves. You may report this information to the number for non-emergency crime reporting, which is 311, or go to your local police force’s website for their crime reporting procedures. If it is not an emergency do not call 911.
Non-emergency phone numbers for:
San Rafael – (415) 485-3000
Larkspur – (415) 927-5150
San Anselmo – (415) 258-4610
Fairfax – (415) 453-5330
Ross – (415) 453-1453
When you call to report the theft, please try to have the following information:
Good description of the vehicle & person(s)
Time of theft (this is helpful for those who are not in a vehicle: who visit the same street, week after week)
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