The ComPoster is the official blog of Zero Waste Marin. Here, you can get the latest zero waste news from around the world, explore ideas, and find requests for proposals and bidding opportunities.

 

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Tips to Reduce Waste at Home this Spring

Posted on March 6, 2017
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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.

FREE E-waste Recycling Event

Posted on January 10, 2017
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Please join the Sausalito Sustainability Commission, Conservation Corps North Bay, and Bay Cities Refuse on January 21st, from 9am – 2pm at the Sausalito City Hall Parking Lot, located at 420 Litho Street, Sausalito. Items accepted include computers, servers, cellphones, and other used electronics.

For more information, visit www.ccnorthbay.org

 

 

Many Ways to Recycle Used Coffee Grounds!

Posted on December 6, 2016
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The average American drinks several cups of coffee a day, leading to a lot of used coffee grounds. From use in the garden, to around the house, there are many things that can be done to recycle or reuse your old coffee grounds.

Home Composting Class

Posted on December 5, 2016
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GardenSmart – Compost Happens: Composting 101 | Saturday, December 10th, 11am

Come and learn how easy it is to transform your yard waste and food scraps into “gardeners’ gold”. This hands-on workshop will teach you how to make, harvest and use this valuable soil amendment in your garden.

About our instructor: Lori Caldwell is an Alameda County Master Composter, avid edible gardener and Bay-Friendly Qualified Landscape Professional. She has been happily teaching sustainable gardening classes all over the Bay Area since 2007.  Her mission is to connect people to the soil and all that it provides.

Registration required. Click here to register

Request For Proposal

Posted on November 16, 2016
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The City of Sausalito is seeking proposals from qualified firms to provide professional services for a small scale waste characterization study targeting multi-family buildings of 5 units or more. The required services are described in the Scope of Work. The maximum amount available for this study is $11,823. Click here for more details.