Residential garbage/Landfill

Please help us in reaching Marin’s zero waste goals by making sure that what you put into your garbage belongs there and not in the recycling or compostables receptacles.


Marin Sanitary Service provides a gray cart for the weekly curbside collection of garbage, or non-recyclable and non-compostable items. All items placed in this cart will go directly to the landfill.


Everything in the garbage cart goes directly to landfill.

MSS Garbage Label - items accepted in the landfill cart such as wrappers and plastic

This list isn’t comprehensive. When in doubt, please use the Where Does It Go, Joe tool to look up a what cart a specific item should go into.

Examples of items that do not go in the MSS landfill cart such as recyclables, food scraps, or HHW

This list isn’t comprehensive. When in doubt, please use the Where Does It Go, Joe tool to look up a what cart a specific item should go into.

Graphic says "Food is not Garbage" the Os in food are an apple and peach


As of January 2022, SB 1383 requires every home, apartment complex, and business in California to collect their food waste, yard waste, and paper separately from all other waste.

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, not garbage. 

Where does it go, Joe?

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 in what cart. 

GET JOE ON THE GO! You’ll always have Joe’s sorting advice at your fingertips with the Marin Sanitary Service mobile app. Download it for your Apple Device or Google Device now for free!


Please contact customer service at (415) 456-2601 prior to your service day if you find that your total amount of garbage exceeds the capacity of your container. “Extras” include any refuse placed outside or around the container.

Any extra bags should be no heavier than 60 pounds and no larger than 64 gallons in volume. Because our drivers must manually place these bags in the truck, they must meet the weight requirements and all bags must be sturdy enough to lift without breaking.

Extra garbage is subject to a collection fee. Call customer service to schedule your “extras” and to receive a collection quote.

See Extras, Clean-ups, Bulky Items & Other Services for more information.

Have Questions?

Our customer support representatives are available Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at (415) 456-2601

Recycling Laws

Per California law, compostables (food scraps, plant debris & food-soiled paper) and recycling must be removed from garbage containers.

Dumpster Rental

We rent debris boxes for the collection of construction and demolition (C&D), remodeling, yard waste, junk removal, and large household clean-ups.
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