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Shop Smart and Waste Less this summer

Posted on June 19, 2017

Zero Waste Marin encourages Marin County residents to start shopping smart to waste less. Adding smart eco-friendly alternatives to your cart can make a difference to the environment and your wallet.

Waste: disposable batteries. Smart: rechargeable batteries.
Single-use batteries contain heavy metals and corrosive materials, and improper disposal can spell bad news for the environment. Replace them with rechargeable batteries, which last longer on a single charge and can be used over and over.

Waste: disposable coffee cups. Smart: reusable thermos.
Most disposable coffee cups are not recyclable and an estimated 50 billion paper cups end up in landfills each year. Next time you purchase coffee on the go, bring a reusable coffee mug. Many coffee shops will fill reusable mugs and may even offer you a discount.

Waste: single use plastic water bottle. Smart: reusable water bottle.
Carry a reusable metal or glass water bottle instead of purchasing individual, disposable plastic water bottles. A reusable plastic bottle can be easily refilled and offers the added benefits of insulation, filtering, and more.

Waste: produce wrapped in plastic. Smart: reusable produce bag.
Most shelled produce does not need to be packaged in plastic wrap. Instead, buy reusable cotton or mesh produce bags and choose loose fruits and vegetables when shopping.

Waste: disposable plastic cutlery. Smart: metal silverware.
Whether you are hosting a party or packing a school lunch, choose reusable metal cutlery instead of disposable plastic. Recycling plastic cutlery is difficult and its waste will only end up landfills.

Waste: paper towels. Smart: cloth dish towels.
Swap paper towels for cloth towels both at home and in packed lunches. You can throw your dish towels into your washing machine and reuse them for years, saving money and reducing waste.

Waste: ice cream cup & spoon. Smart: ice cream cone.
Eating ice cream is a great way to cool off during the summer. To reduce your environmental impact, choose an edible ice cream cone instead of a cup and spoon.

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. For more information, visit ZeroWasteMarin.org.

Click HERE for a PDF copy of this newsletter.

FREE Green Waste Days

Posted on June 7, 2017
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Free Green Yard Waste Disposal across from the Nicasio corporation yard, 5575 Nicasio Valley Rd.

For more information, call 415-473-6717

 

 

Tire Amnesty Event

Posted on April 11, 2017
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This tire amnesty event is located at the CCNB Facility at 11 Pimentel Court in Novato. It is Saturday, May 20th from 9am to 2pm. Tires brought to this event can be from public or private lands (no businesses) but please remember that only 9 can be brought in per vehicle trip (per CA state law). For more information, call 415.454.4554.

FREE Toxic Away Day

Posted on April 11, 2017
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For Marin County residents and by appointment only! Please call 1-800-207-8222 and press 1 to make an appointment. Event located at the Pt. Reyes Fire Station at 4th and B Street.
Dispose of your residential household hazardous waste such as paint, pesticides, motor oil, pool chemicals, batteries, light bulbs, and E-waste.

National Prescription Take-Back Day ~ April 29, 2017 from 10am – 2pm.

Posted on March 24, 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, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse. Please visit https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html  for a list of the eight participating locations in Marin.

Tips to Reduce Waste at Home this Spring

Posted on March 6, 2017

Reusable Containers: Instead of plastic or paper bags, use reusable containers to pack your family’s food and beverages. Whether you are going for a hike on Mt. Tam, heading to the park for the afternoon or packing a school lunch, reusable containers are the best way to hold snacks for the trip.

  • Cloth Napkins: Swap paper towels for cloth napkins and dishcloths both at home and in packed lunches. Cloth napkins are easy to clean and can be reused for years, and you will save money on paper towels.
  • BYOBag: Add a reminder to bring your own reusable shopping bag to your shopping list. Simple actions like this help keep waste out of our landfills. Remember to keep a reusable shopping bag in your car for any unplanned trips.
  • “Compostable” Plastics:  Even though they claim to be biodegradable and compostable, vegetable-based “compostable” utensils, cups and bags cannot be placed in the Green Cart in Marin County. Please put them, along with paper cups with thin plastic liners, in the landfill cart. Instead, use firmware that can be washed and reused.

Spring is a great time of year for us all to embrace new waste reduction habits at home. Let’s continue to work together to keep Marin County beautiful and thriving.

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. For more information, visit ZeroWasteMarin.org.

Click HERE for a PDF copy of this newsletter.

Join us for a screening of A Plastic Ocean

Posted on February 27, 2017
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Please join Zero Waste Marin, the Northern California Recycling Association (NCRA) and Marin Sanitary Service for a screening of “A Plastic Ocean” on Monday, March 20 at 6 pm at 535 Jacoby St. San Rafael, CA 94901. The film follows the journey of two explorers as they travel to some of the most remote parts of the world, documenting the environmental issues associated with plastic pollution and its impact on the environment, ecosystems and human health.

Panel discussion to follow. Drinks and light food offered. Free for NCRA members, nominal donation for non-members (but no one turned away due to lack of funds). Please RSVP at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2881089

FREE Tire Recycling

Posted on February 27, 2017
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Come out to 5575 Nicasio Valley Road to safely and legally dispose of your personal automobile and motorcycle tires! Please, no more than 9 tires per trip, and tires no larger than 46″ in diameter. Call CCNB for more information: 415.454.4554.

Construction and Demolition Workshop

Posted on February 27, 2017
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Construction and Demolition Workshop

Come learn about the recently updated Green Building Codes, Construction and Demolition (C&D) Recycling Programs in Marin County and best practices for deconstruction and reuse at your project sites at a panel conversation featuring speakers from The Away Station, GreenLynx Deconstruction Contractors, the Marin Resource Recovery Center and Zero Waste Marin.

When: Tuesday, February 21 from 4:30 – 7:00

Where: Marin Builder’s Association offices, 600 Las Gallinas Ave., San Rafael 94903.

Get more information & Register: click here.

ExtraFood is Hiring!

Posted on January 17, 2017
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ExtraFood picks up excess fresh food from businesses & organizations and immediately delivers it to nonprofits serving Marin’s most vulnerable children, adults, and families.

The Operations Manager (OM) is responsible for the day-to-day operation of ExtraFood’s food recovery program, including relationship management with operational representatives at food donor and recipient organizations, volunteer program management, food trip scheduling, food safety practices, and spontaneous donation assignment. This is a full-time non-exempt position, initially home-based and ultimately office-based. For more information, please click here.