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The Mill Valley Outdoor Art Club will host a free “Talking About Trash” forum on Thursday, Jan. 30 at 1pm.

The event features Jennifer Selvig of Marin Sanitary Service and Jim Iavarone of Mill Valley Refuse on the current state of refuse in Marin, including dual recycling, what can and can no longer be recycled, the growing focus on composting, evolving state laws and regulations, and how you can adapt your product usage and recycling for maximum environmental impact. Small kitchen composting buckets will be available at the event.


JANUARY 30, 2020 @ 1:00 PM


Outdoor Art Club
One West Blithedale Avenue
Mill Valley, CA  94941

Marin Sanitary Service, Mill Valley Refuse, Bay Cities Refuse, the Tamalpais Community Services District, Recology and San Marin High School volunteers are providing disposal services.

This Marin IJ provides helpful information about Christmas tree recycling options in Marin. Read the story here:  Marin haulers offer free Christmas tree disposal

You’ll find information about our holiday schedule and tree pick up on our Holiday Calendar page.




Mobile Document Shredding

Document Shredding Service

Did you know that Marin Sanitary Service has a document shredding service?


We do! We provide safe, secure document shredding services for all of Marin County. You can check it out here.


And we’re excited to share that our mobile shredding truck just got a facelift.


We’re easy to spot now!


If you see us in your neighborhood, be sure to say hello! And if your business in need of on-site document shredding, we’ve got you covered.

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Customer Service Holiday Closure

Please leave us a message at (415) 456-2601 or use the Contact Us form to reach us during our holiday luncheon. We will get back to you promptly.

Plastic Container Recycling

Why is it so difficult to recycle plastic?

Well, it’s complicated. From chemical composition to consumer behavior, there’s a lot to it.

We encourage you to read this article on Waste360 to learn more about what makes recycling plastics a challenge.

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.

Marin Sanitary Holiday Fair

When: Saturday November 16 10am – 2pm

Where: Recycling Center 535 Jacoby St., San Rafael

AB 827 Tweet

In 2020, many California restaurants, malls and other businesses will need to change the way they make compost and recycling bins accessible to customers.

Assembly Bill 827 (making its way through the California legislature now) mandates that businesses that are already required to subscribe to recycling services under AB 341 or composting services under AB 1826 (see our Commercial Laws page for more info) provide customers with “a recycling bin or container for that waste stream that is visible, easily accessible, adjacent to each bin or container for trash other than that recyclable waste stream, except in restrooms, and clearly marked with educational signage.”

In short, you’ll need to make compost and recycling bins or containers accessible and clearly marked with educational signage indicating what is accepted in the local solid waste programs.

We’ll keep you posted as AB 827 develops. You can read more about AB 827 online here.

Commercial Recycling & Organics Laws

If you’re a commercial customer of Marin Sanitary and you have questions about composting and recycling laws that impact you, please be sure to read our Commercial Laws page.

You can also get in touch with our Commercial Coordinators if you have specific questions.

Want to get some compost or recycling signage up now at your business? Visit our Posters & Flyers page for free printable posters. 


With the signing of Assembly Bill No. 815, California Governor Gavin Newsom has added another layer of accountability on cities, counties and regional agencies in the state’s quest to divert from disposal 50% of all solid waste through source reduction, recycling, and composting activities.

Current law requires a city, county, or regional agency to submit an annual report to the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery summarizing its progress in reducing solid and household hazardous waste. The department will also review a jurisdiction’s compliance with the diversion requirements every few years to determine if the jurisdiction failed to make a good faith effort to implement its source reduction and recycling element or household hazardous waste element.

Now with AB 815, the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery will be able to consider whether a jurisdiction has implemented a dual stream recycling program as part of its good faith effort.

The good news is that here at Marin Sanitary, we’ve operated dual stream recycling for years because we know it’s the right thing to do for the environment, our community, and our customers.

Thank you for doing your part!

You’ll find the full text of AB-815 online here.

No! Parody Recycling 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.