Marin Sanitary Service provides a dual-stream recycling program, meaning paper and cardboard is collected separately from containers (glass, plastic and metal).
The Blue is for paper recyclables.
The Brown is for bottles, cans and containers (glass, plastic and aluminum).
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.
If your complex has a cardboard bin, please use this bin for cardboard only. Paper and containers should go in their respective carts.
Your recycling receptacles should be clearly marked and easy to identify. You can see all the carts and bins available to you here.
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 complexes 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 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 day if the miss is reported by noon on the service day or the following day if the miss is reported after noon on the day of service. Any misses reported after 48 hours will be subject to a fee for collection.
Sample Lease Agreement provides an example of how to include the recycling laws into your lease agreements. Editable Microsoft Word document.
Sample Tenant Welcome Letter provides an example of how to encourage proper recycling right from the start. Editable Microsoft Word document.
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:
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