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FREE Tire Recycling Event

Posted on January 30, 2018
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Please bring your used tires to 5575 Nicasio Valley Road in Nicasio. Hours of operation are from 9 am to 2 pm.Click below for more information.

Nicasio NPS Tire Amnesty Flier 2018

Help Us Reduce Textile Waste

Posted on January 23, 2018

If your family members received new clothing or shoes over the holidays, then you might be thinking about cleaning out your closets to make room for these new items. Please keep textiles out of our local landfills by following these simple tips from Zero Waste Marin and our partners.

• Are your clothes and shoes still in good shape? Bring them to a Goodwill, Salvation Army, or other local resale store. For a list of thrift stores in Marin County search for “clothing” in our Recycling Guide.
• In a hurry? Simply drop your unwanted clothing and shoes into a nearby USAgain or Recycle for Change collection drop-box.
• Heading to the mall? If your textiles are beyond reuse, you can drop them off at many retail locations for recycling. H&M, Madewell, and The Northface are just a few of the many clothing retailers that will take back torn or stained clothing, sheets and towels.
• Remember, textiles and shoes are not accepted in your curbside recycling container.

Zero Waste Marin works with cities and towns throughout Marin County to educate residents about waste prevention, reuse and repair. For more information on how you can manage your textiles, please visit our Textiles page.

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Zero Waste Student Intern Opportunity

Posted on December 20, 2017
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Take advantage of this paid internship to work with our zero waste team on community outreach, school recycling & composting, curriculum, and other zero waste initiatives! For more information, click here.

Reduce Waste During the Holiday Season

Posted on October 30, 2017

Follow these tips from Zero Waste Marin and our partners to reduce food waste in Marin County during the holidays!

  • Practice Smart Shopping—Check your pantry to see what you already have before going grocery shopping for holiday meals.
  • Make a List—Make a grocery list and stick to it, especially when planning a large holiday event! Avoiding impulse buys will help save money.
  • Shop Local—Support local farmers by shopping at one of the many farmer’s markets in Marin.
  • Buy Only What You Need—To keep fresh items from spoiling, buy only enough for the week. If you are cooking for a crowd, only purchase items needed for that meal.
  • Prep Now, Enjoy Later—Consider prepping for your holiday events in advance to save time and avoid waste. Prep and freeze cookie dough, soup stock, excess meat, and sliced fruit and veggies in reusable containers to make them last longer.
  • Repurpose Holiday Leftovers—Leftover turkey? Don’t toss it out! Turn your holiday leftovers into sandwiches, casseroles, soups and more.
  • Don’t Let Good Food Go to Waste—Move food that is likely to spoil soon to a designated “eat now” area in the front of your pantry or fridge.
  • Store Food Correctly—Not all fresh fruits and vegetables belong in the fridge! Apples, berries, grapes and oranges should be refrigerated while bananas, mangos and potatoes belong in a cool place in your kitchen.
  • Compost the Rest—Use your green cart for your turkey carcass, veggie scraps, plate scrape, used paper plates and napkins. Please keep organic material out of the trash!

Zero Waste Marin works with cities and towns throughout Marin County to educate residents about reducing the amount of waste that goes into our local landfills.

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FREE Composting Class in Point Reyes

Posted on October 22, 2017
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Please join us Thursday November 2nd, 2017 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm in Point Reyes. This class is free for all Marin county residents. You will learn everything to know about composting at home, receive a free kitchen compost pail, and get $25 off a composting unit. Use the code given during your class and click here to order.

The class is located at 11435 CA-1 in Point Reyes Station.

For more information and to register, please email Todd Sutton at todd@wastesleuth.com or click here.

FREE Home Composting Class in San Rafael

Posted on October 10, 2017
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Please join us Saturday November 11th, 2017 from 10 am -12 pm in San Rafael. This class is free for all Marin county residents. You will learn everything to know about composting at home, receive a free kitchen compost pail, and get $25 off a composting unit. Use the code given during your class and click here to order.

The class is located at 1408 Mission Ave in San Rafael.

For more information and to register, please email Todd Sutton at todd@wastesleuth.com or click here.

Material Flow and Capacity Analysis RFP due October 27, 2017

Posted on October 3, 2017

Zero Waste Marin is seeking qualified applicants to assist with a Material Flow and Capacity Analysis. Please see the attached RFP.

Reduce Waste this Winter

Posted on October 2, 2017

Zero Waste Marin and our partners want to pass along a few tips to help Marin County residents reduce waste this holiday season.

Holiday Shopping

  • When out shopping for the perfect party favor or present, please support our locally owned businesses in Marin.
  • Carry your own reusable bags for holiday shopping, and avoid taking a paper bag for your purchases.
  • If you’re gifting electronic gadgets or toys, choose rechargeable batteries and consider including a battery charger with your gift as well.

Give an Experience

Consider giving friends and family members a gift that requires very little or no packaging:

  • Theater, movie or concert tickets
  • Membership to a museum
  • Gift card to a local store
  • Visit your favorite restaurant
  • A certificate for babysitting, gardening, or cleaning the house or car.

Alternative Gift Wrap

Single use wrapping paper creates a huge amount of waste each year. Instead of purchasing a new roll of wrapping paper and ribbon, shop your home for unique wrapping materials.

  • Gift bags or reusable shopping bags
  • Tins or baskets
  • Newspaper or magazine pages

Never Burn Wrapping Paper!

It is illegal to burn trash and wrapping paper. But did you know that wrapping paper is not recyclable because of the shiny, glossy glitter and foil? It must be thrown in the landfill bin.  This is especially true now that markets for recycled paper are becoming extremely strict about what they will accept. To help save resources, if you must use wrapping paper, try to save and reuse it next holiday season.

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National Prescription Take-Back Day

Posted on October 2, 2017
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The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs. Please find drop off locations near you by clicking here.