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No! Parody Recycling Video

No! (That Isn’t Recyclable) Music Video


What happens when you mix recycling education with a Maghan-Trainor-inspired song and a dash of silly?


This parody video!


Made by our friends at Sustainable Tucson about wishful recycling, both the message — and the delivery — made us smile.


And remember, if you have a question about what you can put in your curbside recycling, use our Where Does It Go, Joe online tool to find out.


Enjoy!




California Coastal Cleanup Day 2019

Join California Coastal Cleanup Day

On the third Saturday in September California cleans up!

California Coastal Cleanup Day welcomes more than 60,000 volunteers who will pick up hundreds of thousands of pounds of trash and recyclables from beaches, lakes, and waterways each year. It brings awareness to the marine litter problem and provides a community event for direct involvement. Join the fight to preserve wildlife by taking trash out of the environment. Volunteer alongside your families, friends, coworkers, scout troops, school groups, and service clubs. Plan to spend a day outside connecting with your community to celebrate California!


The event is part of the International Coastal Cleanup, organized by the Ocean Conservancy. California Coastal Cleanup Day is the largest volunteer event in the US and International Coastal Cleanup Day is the largest volunteer event on the planet!


Save the date: Saturday, September 21


Visit the California Coastal Cleanup Day website for more information and to find Marin volunteer opportunities.




Compost Cart Layering

Tips to Keep Your Compostables Cart & Pail Clean


We know that collecting food waste for composting can be… well, downright yucky. Here are some tips to keep that “yuck factor” to a minimum.


  • Wash your kitchen compost pail regularly with soap and water. Some pails are even dishwasher safe!
  • If you’re a newspaper subscriber, consider a newspaper liner for your kitchen compost pail. See liner videos below.
  • Place meat scraps in your freezer and only put them into your green compostables cart on collection day.
  • Sprinkle both your kitchen pail and green compostables cart lightly with baking soda to absorb odors.
  • Use a hose to rinse your green compostables cart, letting any debris rinse out onto your lawn (not a storm drain).
  • Layer wet (kitchen scraps or grass clippings) and dry materials (leaves or branches) in your green compostables cart to reduce the chances of materials becoming stuck.

Diverting food waste from landfill is extremely important, and we appreciate you doing your part to achieve Marin’s zero waste goal!



 

Recycling Word Cloud

The Case for Recycling Optimism


There’s no doubt that the recycling industry is changing. Over the last few years there have been significant fluctuations in the markets for plastics and other recyclables that have caused us (and everyone else) to reevaluate the status quo. As we react and take measures to address these changes, it’s easy to feel discouraged about recycling, but today we came across an article that reminded us that what we need at this pivotal moment is optimism.

In the Waste 360 article “Why (and How) to Talk Optimistically About Recycling Right Now” author Kate Bailey provides several upshots to the current market woes that she says are a testament that recycling is going to come out stronger. Specifically she lists:

• We are (finally!) investing in domestic recycling processing and markets.
• We are recognizing recycling is more about quality than tonnage.
• We are starting to have a real conversation about plastics.
• We are shifting responsibility from cities to producers.
• We are getting closer to talking about the true costs.
• We are looking beyond the blue bin.

To read the full article, and tap into Bailey’s educated optimism, click here.



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Recycle Right Guide

This guide was produced by Marin Sanitary Service, Marin Hazardous and Solid Waste Joint Powers Authority, Sonoma County Waste Management Agency, WM EarthCare, Mill Valley Refuse Service, Recology Sonoma Marin, and Bay Cities Refuse.

The special section was published May 9, 2018 in the Pacific Sun and the North Bay Bohemian and May 10, 2018 in the Marin IJ and Press Democrat.


For a printable version of the Recycle Right publication, please click here.

Marin IJ article: Plastic bans are a growing trend in Marin

Check out Matthew Pera’s May 31, 2019 Marin IJ article titled “Plastic bans are a growing trend in Marin” to learn about the challenges recyclers are facing selling plastics and the steps some of our local cities are taking to reduce the amount of plastics we use.


Remember, a good rule of thumb for plastic recyclability is: recycle only plastic bottles, jugs or tubs.


If you’re not sure if a material can be recycled, our “Where Does it Go, Joe?” tool will help you find out.



Marin Sanitary Can Recycling

Webinar Debunks Recycling Myths


The Container Recycling Institute (CRI) knows a thing or two about recycling. They produce research, reporting, and education on policies and practices that empower communities to reduce waste (and related emissions) and increase recovery, reuse, and high-end/closed loop recycling of beverage containers, packaging and printed paper.


In their latest webinar titled, “Duty to Warn: New Impending Crises & Price Drops and How that Impacts Recycling Programs” they explained financial challenges facing the recycling community in 2019 and debunked the notion that plastic and aluminum recyclables are so valuable that they essentially pay for curbside recycling service.


The webinar also addressed such topics as:

  • Why has there been such a large drop in prices for aluminum cans. (UBCs)
  • Which materials have strong domestic markets, which have historically relied on exports, and how is that changing in 2019.
  • The state of California redemption centers now that more than 1,000 have closed in the last four years.
  • What all this change means for the average cost of recycling collection both for recycling centers and ratepayers.
  • The truth about post-National Sword opportunities

You can read more about the webinar and topics covered here.


Learn more about CRI by visiting their website at www.container-recycling.org.



MSS Rate Explained

2019 Rate Increase Explained

The following information is from Patricia Garbarino, President of Marin Sanitary Service.




For the past two years, MSS has been working with jurisdictions we serve and their independent third party, R3 Consulting, to make improvements to the way rates are set. We are pleased to announce that this was accomplished this year. Two things came out of the review: the new rates for 2019, and a new procedure that will streamline and simplify the annual rate setting process for future years.

After conducting a thorough review and analysis of our rate application, R3 reported their findings at public hearing before the City and Town Councils and Boards in December 2018, January, February, March and April 2019. Rate increases varied for each jurisdiction depending on programs, services and government fees.

Most of this increase has been due to several unforeseen and uncontrollable events that have occurred over the past two years and have greatly affected the recycling world.

  1. Chinese National Sword

    You may have read in the papers or heard broadcasts about China’s decision to severely cut back or stop buying recyclables from the U.S (also known as the Chinese National Sword). China is the largest buyer of our recycled materials in California. The result was to significantly decrease the value of the products we recycle. Markets have been on the decline for the past three years, getting much worse in 2018 and economists are predicting that this is the new normal.

  2. Contamination

    In addition, we are also seeing more contamination (items that do not belong) in our recycling. Some of this is from “wishful” recycling (placing items in your recycling cart in hopes they are recyclable when they are really just garbage). Another factor is that people continue to consume more and more, and most packaging is really not recyclable. The result of all of this is increased processing costs with little to no revenue from the sale of the recyclables to help offset these costs.

  3. Operational Expenses

    In addition to the financial effects described above, further contributors to the rate increase include increasing labor costs, rising fuel prices, and increasing landfill disposal and organics processing costs. Around the Bay Area, other customers have experienced rate increases of 10% to 60% for the same reasons.

MSS strives to provide good jobs in the community so we can hire local people and they can afford to live here. Marin Sanitary Service remains committed to recycling excellence. Our early adoption of dual stream recycling gives MSS an advantage in adapting to these recycling challenges; however, there are likely more changes ahead. While the industry is changing, we do not want to discourage you from continuing the good practice of recycling. We will continue to investigate and implement new technologies and to educate our customers on proper recycling.


If you have questions or concerns, please contact Kimberly Scheibly, Director of Customer Relations, at 415-458-5514.




It is our goal to always provide excellent service and programs to our customers.  Below are answers to some common questions we receive.




RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMERS

Is it worth it to recycle?

Definitely! While recycling is no longer a net-revenue generator, it is still important in that it conserves natural resources and helps decrease greenhouse gas emissions.

So, what does my quarterly “Resource Hauling” bill pay for?

  • Weekly curbside collection of one (1) garbage cart (landfill), one (1) split cart for recycling and one (1) green cart for compostable materials.
  • Processing of recyclable materials at Marin Recycling and landfill disposal of garbage and organics processing fees at Redwood Landfill.
  • Twice annual scheduled clean-up collections of up to 14 bags total of yard waste, recycling and/or garbage. Please remember to use paper bags for extra yard waste and recycling to ensure it is easy for the driver to see it is not garbage.
  • Twice per year on-call collection of up to two (2) bulky items such as mattresses, appliances, and TVs.
  • In addition, customers can rent additional yard waste and split recycling carts for a monthly nominal fee.
  • Visit our residential, commercial or multifamily pages for up-to-date information on services and programs.

How can I save money?

  • The number one way to save is to produce less waste
  • Shop smart—buy in bulk and try and avoid packaging in general but non-recyclable packaging specifically.
  • Make sure to sort your recycling and compostables properly.Learn what can and cannot go in your carts.
  • If you are low-income and part of the PG&E CARE program, you can qualify for a discounted rate.

How can I tell if a material is recyclable or not?

Unfortunately, there is no manual for this but we are developing an online and mobile app tool called “Where Does it Go, Joe?” that will help you sort properly.




MULTIFAMILY CUSTOMERS

Is it worth it to recycle?

While recycling is no longer a net-revenue generator, it is still important in that it conserves natural resources and helps decrease greenhouse gas emissions.

Do I have to recycle?

California State law requires businesses and organizations to recycle. Click here to learn more.

So, what does my monthly “Resource Hauling” bill pay for?

  • Collection of garbage (landfill) containers (carts or bins) 1-6 days per week.
  • Collection of recycling from 1-6 times per week including cardboard, all papers, and bottles & cans.
  • Up to four (4), 64-gallon carts for the collection of yard waste, food waste and accepted food soiled papers (Commercial Composting). Additional carts may be rented for a nominal monthly fee. Bin service may be available for a fee upon request.
  • Visit our multifamily pages for up-to-date information on services and programs.

How can I save money?

  1. The number one way to save is to produce less waste
  2. Subscribe to ALL recycling & organics services that meet the needs of your business.
  3. Train your staff and tenants how to sort all recycling and compostables properly. Learn what can and cannot go in your containers.
  4. Call and speak with one of our Commercial Recycling Coordinators to help you figure it out! (415) 456-2601.

How can I tell if a material is recyclable or not?

Unfortunately, there is no manual for this but we are developing an online and mobile app tool called “Where Does it Go, Joe?” that will help you sort properly.




COMMERCIAL BUSINESS CUSTOMERS

Is it worth it to recycle?

While recycling is no longer a net-revenue generator, it is still important in that it conserves natural resources and helps decrease greenhouse gas emissions.

Do I have to recycle?

California State law requires businesses and organizations to recycle. Click here to learn more.

So, what does my monthly “Resource Hauling” bill pay for?

  • Collection of garbage (landfill) containers (carts or bins) 1-6 days per week.
  • Collection of recycling from 1-6 times per week including cardboard, all papers, and bottles & cans.
  • There are two programs for organics:
    • Food waste only (Food 2 Energy)
    • Yard waste, food waste and accepted food soiled papers (Commercial Composting).
    • Both of these programs
  • Visit our commercial pages for up-to-date information on services and programs.

How can I save money?

  • The number one way to save is to produce less waste
  • Subscribe to ALL recycling & organics services that meet the needs of your business.
  • Train your staff and tenants how to sort all recycling and compostables properly. Learn what can and cannot go in your containers.
  • Call and speak with one of our Commercial Recycling Coordinators to help you figure it out! (415) 456-2601.

How can I tell if a material is recyclable or not?

Unfortunately, there is no manual for this but we are developing an online and mobile app tool called “Where Does it Go, Joe?” that will help you sort properly.