Marin Sanitary Service operates a dual-stream recycling program, meaning paper and cardboard is 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 complex 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. You can see all the carts and bins available to you here.
The blue cart is for paper recyclables. The brown cart is for containers (glass, plastic and metal).
If your complex has a cardboard bin, please use this bin for cardboard only. Paper and containers should go in their respective carts.
There are a few multifamily customers who use split recycling carts. In this case, the blue side of the split-cart is for paper recyclables, the brown side of the cart is for containers made of glass, aluminum and plastic.
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.
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 egg cartons|
|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.|
|–||Waxed or plastic-coated paper or cardboard|
|Paper towels or tissues|
|Food soiled paper|
|Blue print or carbon paper|
|Juice, soup, soy, milk boxes & cartons|
|All cardboard (no need to bundle)|
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|
|–||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|
|Juice bags & pouches|
|Paint cans -metal*|
|Pressurized aerosol cans* (if full or partially full)|
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.
A multifamily dwelling with 5 or more units that generates 4 cubic yards or more of solid waste per week has to recycle.
We offer resources to help you and your tenants be successful recyclers and composters.
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 complex recycle successfully. Learn more by contacting a recycling coordinator at (415) 456-2601.
You may also email a recycling coordinator.
Fees apply for any extra bags of garbage next to, on top of, or overflowing from designated containers. Extra bags must be less than 60 pounds and 32 gallons in volume.
Extra recycling carts and cardboard bins are available and no extra charge. See our compostables page for more information.
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:
When you call to report the theft, please try to have the following information: