About Zero Waste Marin

Zero Waste Marin is the formal name for the Marin Hazardous and Solid Waste Joint Powers Authority (JPA), which is comprised of representatives from all over Marin County. Our mission is to help residents and businesses meet the county’s Zero Waste goal by 2025 by reducing and recycling their solid waste and safely disposing of hazardous materials. We provide information on household hazardous waste collection, recycling, composting and waste disposal. We also ensure our county’s compliance with state recycling mandates – all while educating the citizens and businesses of Marin.

Zero Waste Marin is comprised of the city and town managers of Belvedere, Corte Madera, Fairfax, Larkspur, Mill Valley, Novato, Ross, San Anselmo, San Rafael, Sausalito and Tiburon and the County of Marin. Zero Waste Marin ensures Marin’s compliance with the California Integrated Waste Management Act and its waste reduction mandates. In 1997, the CIWMB recognized Zero Waste Marin as a Regional Agency, allowing our members to report to the state as one political body instead of 12, as was previously required. The Marin County Department of Public Works/Waste Management administers Zero Waste Marin. The AB 939 Local Task Force provides citizen and industry review.

In addition to addressing the statutory requirements of the Integrated Waste Management Act, Zero Waste Marin also provides hazardous waste collection to citizens and businesses in all areas of Marin except for the City of Novato, which operates its own hazardous waste collection program in conjunction with Novato Disposal and Novato Sanitary District.

You can find our budgets in the May Agenda Packets for each year under the JPA Board Meeting Minutes & Agendas on the Agenda & Minutes Page under Who We Are. The financial reserves policy can be found under the General Contingencies line item in each of the three budget sectors. Download the Summary of Fees & Revenue.

Audits for the JPA can be found in the Agenda Packets. The audit for FY 14/15 is located under the 2016 JPA Board Meeting Minutes & Agendas Section in the May 26 Agenda. It is Agenda item # 3. The audit for FY 13/14 is located under the 2015 Executive Committee Agenda & Minutes Section in the April 23 Agenda. It is Agenda item # 2. The audit for FY 12/13 is located under the 2014 JPA Board Meeting Minutes & Agendas Section in the May 22 Agenda. It is Agenda item # 6. The audit for FY11/12 is located under the 2013 JPA Board Meeting Minutes & Agendas Section in the May 16 Agenda. It is Agenda item # 13.

As proof that Marin’s interagency cooperation and strong public-private partnership is successful, Zero Waste Marin surpassed the state’s 50 percent mandate and posted a 62.3 percent diversion rate for Marin in 2000. This diversion rate positions Marin’s Regional Agency as a state leader in recycling and waste reduction. Our 2015 diversion rate was 74 percent.

Zero Waste Marin Board Member information can be found below and by clicking on the link next to their names. Please refer to the JPA Agreement for information on election procedures, terms of office, and compensation policy. JPA Agreement 1996

Zero Waste Marin Board Members
Belvedere Craig Middleton, City Manager 450 San Rafael Ave. Belvedere, CA 94920 (415) 435-3838
Corte Madera Todd Cusimano, Town Manager 300 Tamalpais Dr. Corte Madera, CA 94925 (415) 927-5050
Fairfax Garret Toy, Town Manager, (Chair) €, ß 142 Bolinas Rd. Fairfax, CA 94930 (415) 453-1584
Larkspur Dan Schwarz, City Manager, € 400 Magnolia Ave. Larkspur, CA 94939 (415) 927-5110
Mill Valley Jim McCann, City Manager 26 Corte Madera Ave. Mill Valley, CA 94941 (415) 388-4033
Novato Cathy Capriola, City Manager 922 Machin Ave. Novato, CA 94945  (415) 899-8900
Ross Joe Chinn, Town Manager 31 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. Ross, CA 94957 (415) 453-1453
San Anselmo David Patrick Donery, Town Manager 525 San Anselmo Ave. San Anselmo, CA 94960 (415) 258-4600
San Rafael Jim Schutz, City Manager 1400 Fifth Ave. San Rafael, CA 94915 (415) 485-3074
Sausalito Adam Politzer, City Manager, € 420 Litho St. Sausalito, CA 94965 (415) 289-4100
Tiburon Greg Chanis, Town Manager 1505 Tiburon Blvd. Tiburon, CA 94920 (415) 435-7373
County of Marin Matthew Hymel, County Administrator, (Vice-Chair) €, ß 3501 Civic Center Dr. San Rafael, CA 94903 (415) 473-6358
  • € –  Executive Committee Member
  • ß –  Budget Subcommittee Member

The Waste Management Division (WMD) of the County provides staff to the JPA. The Assistant Director of the Marin County Public Works Department is the Executive Director of the JPA. The Program Manager helps facilitate the meetings. Also included in the administration of the JPA are the Senior Planner, an Engineering Technician II and an Engineering Technician I. Information regarding compensation and benefits to JPA staff can be found at Marin County Job Class & Salary

Zero Waste Marin also provides funding for the Marin Household Hazardous Waste(HHW) Facility in San Rafael.  This facility provides a no-cost service for residents of Marin County to properly dispose of HHW.  Businesses are required to pay a service fee for facility use. The facility is operated independently of Zero Waste Marin by the Marin Recycling & Resource Recovery Association and managed by the San Rafael Fire Department.  The Marin HHW Facility website is: www.MarinHHW.Com

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