Marin Sanitary Service offers weekly collection of residential compostable items such as plant materials, food-soiled paper and food scraps.
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.
The size and number of compostable carts a complex uses varies, but what goes in these compostable receptacles remains the same: only yard and food waste. MSS provides up to four (4) 64 gallon carts per building in the bundled service rate. Additional carts beyond four may be rented for a nominal monthly fee per cart. Your compostable receptacles should be clearly marked and easy to identify. Please remember that we do not sort through the materials placed in landfill carts, so it is imperative to always place all of your yard waste and food scraps in the green compostables cart.
Visit our Multifamily Services page to review the size and container options for commercial customers.
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.
Below we’ve listed some general guidelines about what can and cannot go into your compostables cart, 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.
If you can eat it, it can go in the green cart!
|Meat & poultry|
|Cooking grease & oils (in small amounts mixed with dry materials)|
|Fish & shellfish|
|Soiled pizza boxes (greasy)|
|Napkins & paper towels|
|Waxed paper & waxed paperboard|
|Shrub & tree clippings|
|Branches under 4 feet long & 3 inches in diameter|
|–||Compostable plastics of any kind|
Take a look at how your compostables are turned into organic compost at Redwood Landfill.
Property Managers 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.
|You can purchase sustainable landscape products made locally from 100% recycled, Bay Area-sourced yard trimmings, food scraps and clean lumber debris.
Visit WM Earthcare™ for more information.