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Holiday Calendar

Collection Service

To best service our customers, the only days we do not collect garbage, recycling, and compostables are:

  • Christmas Day, December 25, 2019 (Wednesday)
  • New Year’s Day, January 1, 2020 (Wednesday)

Since these holidays fall on Wednesday’s, all Wednesday-Friday service will be delayed by one day. More information will be posted in early December, 2019.

Office Holidays

The Marin Sanitary office is closed on New Years Day, President’s Day, Memorial day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.

Christmas Tree Collection & Drop Off

We will pick up Christmas trees during our normal curbside collection service the first two weeks of January.

  • Any trees over 6 ft in length must be cut in half to fit inside the collection trucks.
  • If you are placing a cut up tree in your cart, remember the lid must close!
  • Trees that are flocked, decorated, or still attached to a tree stand will not be collected.

Multifamily Dwellings

Apartment managers/owners may schedule one collective Christmas tree pickup at no charge during the month of January. Please contact your apartment manager for your scheduled date and collection location. The above curbside collection restrictions apply.

Christmas Tree Drop-off Locations

Residents can bring up to two (2) unflocked trees to the Marin Resource Recovery Center at 565 Jacoby Street in San Rafael at no charge during the entire month of January. Flocked trees with fake snow will be subject to the normal facility rate.

Additional drop-off sites around Marin.

Note: No flocked trees, trees with stands, or trees longer than 6ft cannot be dropped off at these locations.

City Location Dates
Kentfield College of Marin: Parking Lot #12 (south of gym) January 2 – 12
Larkspur Piper Park, 250 Doherty Dr. January 2 – 12
Larkspur Niven Park, 13 Barry Way (across the street from Fire Station #16) January 2 – 12
Larkspur Drakes Landing Rd. January 2 – 12
Marinwood Marinwood Community Center, 775 Miller Creek Rd (next to the Fire Station #58) January 2 – 12
Ross Marin Art & Garden Center: 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd January 2 – 12
San Rafael Pickleweed Park & Albert J. Boro Community Center; 50 Canal St. January 2 – 12
San Rafael Fire Station #55: 955 Point San Pedro Road (Peacock Gap area) January 2 – 12
San Rafael Scotty’s Market: Manuel T. Freitas Parkway & Del Ganado January 2 – 12
San Rafael Marin Resource Recovery Center, 565 Jacoby Street All of January

What Happens to the Trees?

Some of the holiday trees are ground up and used as mulch or further composted to create a nutritious soil amendment. Other trees are chipped and used as a biomass fuel source at a Co-Generation power plant. These trees replace traditional fossil fuel sources like coal and are considered a carbon neutral fuel source.


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