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 all of California. Composting produces a soil amendment for farmers and helps reduce greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change.
When organic material like food waste is landfilled, it breaks down and creates Methane – a greenhouse gas 80x more powerful than Carbon Dioxide.
More methane means more global warming, droughts and wildfires. Do your part to stop climate change by placing your food scraps, yard waste and food-soiled paper in your green cart!
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.
As of January 2022, every home, apartment complex, and business in California is required by law to collect their food waste, yard waste, and paper separately from all other waste. The law (SB 1383) aims to reduce harmful methane emissions from landfills that contribute to climate change and global warming. Learn more about SB 1383 and other recycling laws here.
Marin Sanitary Service offers all of our customers green containers with weekly curbside collection to compost your food scraps, yard trimmings, napkins, and pizza boxes. See below for more information about what can and cannot go in your green compostables cart.
If you don’t have a green compostables cart, please call our office at (415) 456-2601 and we’ll get you set up!
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.
Please DO NOT put any of the following items in your green cart for compost:
We CANNOT accept any plastics labeled as compostable or bio-degradable. If we did, the quality compost WM EarthCare™ produces would lose its organic farming certification. Their compost is certified by the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI). OMRI doesn’t allow compostable or bio-degradable plastics as many are actually petroleum based and just break down into micro plastics. Others don’t break down rapidly enough and it is hard to differentiate between compostable and non-compostable plastics.
Please put your compostable plastics or bio-degradable items in your garbage cart.
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.
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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