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Residential Compostables Service – Yard and Food Waste

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.

Visit our Residential Services page to review the cart options and set out rules for residential customers.

Please remember that we do not sort through the materials placed in landfill carts, so it is imperative to always place all of your food scraps and plant debris in the green compostables cart.

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 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.

 

WHAT CAN GO IN YOUR GREEN COMPOSTABLES CART

What can go in compostables carts

FOOD SCRAPS

If you can eat it, it can go in the green cart!

 Meat & poultryMarin Residential Compostables Cart
 Dairy products
 Cooking grease & oils (in small amounts mixed with dry materials)
 Fats
 Fruit
 Vegetables
 Fish & shellfish
 Egg shells
 Coffee grounds
 Tea bags

FOOD-SOILED PAPER

 Soiled pizza boxes (greasy)
 Paper plates
 Napkins & paper towels

YARD WASTE

 Grass clippings
 Leaves
 Weeds
 Flowers
 Straw
 Shrub & tree clippings
 Branches under 4 feet long & 3 inches in diameter

WHAT CANNOT GO IN YOUR COMPOSTABLES CART

What can't go in your compostables cart

Compostable plastics of any kind
 Waxed paper
 Waxed cardboard
 Cartons
 Palm fronds
 Yucca
 Poison oak
 Bamboo

 

Marin Sanitary says no plastic bags in compost

WHAT HAPPENS TO YOUR COMPOSTABLES

Take a look at how your compostables are turned into organic compost at Redwood Landfill.

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.

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EXTRA COMPOSTABLES

Green Waste Vase

Please 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. Do not overfill your compostables cart, please!

All residential customers may place up to two additional bags or cans (limit of 32 gallons per container) of yard/food waste out at the curb the night before collection at no charge. Note that bags must be unlined paper, or they will be charged the garbage rate.

Additional bags or cans after the first two are subject to a nominal charge unless it is included in the franchise agreement for your city or town. Contact our customer support team to find out what is covered and how much the service will cost.