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.
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|
|Shrub & tree clippings|
|Branches under 4 feet long & 3 inches in diameter|
We CANNOT accept any plastics labeled as compostable or bio-degradable because they take twice as long to breakdown as the natural compostable material (yard waste, food scraps and food-soiled paper) we collect and send to the WM EarthCare composting facility. Moreover, the high-quality compost that WM EarthCare produces would lose its organic farming certification if compostable or bio-degradable plastics were mixed in with the yard waste, food scraps and food-soiled paper we collect. Please DO NOT put any of the following items in your green cart for compost:
|–||NO Compostable or Bio-degradable plastics of any kind|
|–||NO Compostable or Bio-degradable bags|
|–||NO Compostable or Bio-degradable cups or containers|
|–||NO Compostable or Bio-degradable utensils|
|NO Plastic bags|
|NO Coffee cups|
|NO Paper soft drink cups or paper soup cups|
|NO Waxed cardboard|
|NO Waxed paper|
|NO Palm fronds|
|NO Poison Oak|
|NO Pet or human waste|
Take a look at how your compostables are turned into organic compost at Redwood Landfill.
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.
Contact us to report a missed collection. You may also call our office at (415) 456-2601.
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 (excluding customers in San Anselmo and Fairfax)* 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.
*Per the contract, residents in San Anselmo (Tax Body MASA) and Fairfax (Tax Body MAFF) are no longer allowed to set their own cans or bags for yard waste EXCEPT during clean-up days effective 1/2/2021.
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