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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)

Collection for all service days will be moved to the following day through Saturday.
Your service schedule will return to normal the week of January 6, 2020.

Holiday Pick Up Schedule

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

Christmas trees can be placed at the curb for collection from December 30, 2019  (Monday) through January 17, 2020 (Friday) on your regularly scheduled service day. Trees will not be collected curbside after this date.

  • 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.


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.


Six Tips to Reduce Holiday Waste

We see a big increase in waste over the holiday. These six tips will help you make your holiday an environmentally-friendly occasion.