Residential Compostables

(Yard Waste & Food Scraps)

Residential Compost Service

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 global warming.

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.

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 & poultry 
 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
Marin Residential Compostables Cart

WHAT CANNOT GO IN YOUR COMPOSTABLES CART

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 Cartons
 NO Waxed cardboard
 NO Waxed paper
 NO Palm fronds
 NO Yucca
 NO Poison Oak
 NO Bamboo
 NO Pet or human waste

What can't go in your compostables cart
Marin Sanitary says no plastic bags in compost

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.

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.

JOE ON THE GO.

You’ll always have Joe’s sorting advice at your fingertips with the
Marin Sanitary Service mobile app.

Download it now for free!

App on Google PlayApp on Apple Store

JOE ON THE GO.

You’ll always have Joe’s sorting advice at your fingertips with the
Marin Sanitary Service mobile app.

Download it now for free!

App on Google PlayApp on Apple Store

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 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.

NO FOOD IN GARBAGE

We found that 38% of what’s in our customer’s garbage should actually go into your compostables cart!

RECYCLE RIGHT GUIDE

Recycling (and that includes organic material) only works if you do it right.

BUY COMPOST & MULCH

Sustainable landscape products made locally from 100% recycled, Bay Area-sourced yard trimmings, food scraps and clean lumber debris.

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 (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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