Commercial Recycling Services

Marin Sanitary Commercial Recycling

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.

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 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.

WHAT CAN GO IN THE BLUE CART

What can go in your paper recycling cart

The blue cart is for clean paper products only.

Please keep all paper separate from other recyclables before placing in the blue cart to prevent contamination.

Office paper (any color) 
 Newspaper & magazines
 Paperboard (like cereal & shoe boxes)
 Junk mail and catalogs
 Paper tubes
 Paper egg cartons
 Paperback books
 Shredded paper in a paper bag
 Cardboard – Cardboard must be packed in 2’x2’x2′ bundles or smaller and tied with twine or string (no plastic tape please) if it does not fit into the blue cart. If it easily fits in the blue cart, cardboard does not need to be bundled.
commercial recycling cart

WHAT CANNOT GO IN THE BLUE CART

What can't go in your paper recycling cart

Waxed or plastic-coated paper or cardboard
 Paper towels or tissues
 Wrapping paper
 Plastic bags
 Food soiled paper
 Blue print or carbon paper
 Juice, soup, soy, milk boxes & cartons
 Paper cups
 Glass

WHAT CAN GO IN THE CARDBOARD RECYCLING BIN

Marin Sanitary Commercial Cardboard Recycling Bin
Some businesses utilize a bin for cardboard recycling. This bin is for cardboard only.
All cardboard (no need to bundle)

WHAT CAN GO IN THE BROWN CART

What can go in your container recycling cart

The brown cart is for clean bottles, cans and containers only.

 Glass bottles & jars (clean) 
 Aluminum cans & foil (clean)
 Tin & bi-metal cans and food trays (clean)
 Pressurized aerosol cans (empty)
 Clean plastic bottles, jugs & tubs

 

Marin Sanitary Commercial Recycling Cart for Containers

WHAT CANNOT GO IN THE BROWN CART

What can't go in your container recycling cart

Styrofoam (with or without the triangle arrows label)
 Compostable plastic (with or without the triangle arrows label)
 Light bulbs and CFLs
 Plate glass, windows or mirrors
 Ceramics/Dinnerware
 Pyrex
 Plastic bags
 Juice bags & pouches
 Metal hangers*
 Paint cans -metal*
 Pressurized aerosol cans* (if full or partially full)
 Propane tanks*
 Paper

*These items can be dropped off at Marin Recycling or the Marin Resource Recovery Center.

Marin what/what not to recycle

NO PLASTIC BAGS OR FILM WRAP

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!

WHAT IS RECYCLING CONTAMINATION?

In this short video, we explain how contamination can ruin your best recycling efforts.

IT’S THE LAW

A business that generates 4 cubic yards or more of solid waste per week has to recycle.

PRINT POSTERS

We offer resources to help your business be successful with recycling and composting.

RIGHT SIZE YOUR SERVICE

Reduce your rates by recycling correctly! Our Recycling Coordinators can help.

MISSED COLLECTION

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 5 p.m. at (415) 456-2601.

WE’RE HERE TO HELP!

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

You may also email a recycling coordinator.

RECYCLING THEFT

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:

  1. License Number
  2. Good description of the vehicle & person(s)
  3. Time of theft (this is helpful for those who are not in a vehicle: who visit the same street, week after week)
  4. Location/Address 

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