Household Hazardous Waste FAQs

Posted on February 21, 2019

What is HHW?

Common household items such as fluorescent bulbs, batteries, gasoline, household chemicals, pesticides, paints, antifreeze and asbestos are all considered HHW. These items can be toxic to you and/or the environment and must be disposed of properly to protect you, the environment and your resource hauler.  Learn more at Zero Waste Marin:  www.zerowastemarin.org/residents/household-hazardous-waste.

Where can I dispose of HHW in Marin County?

Marin Household Hazardous Waste Facility (All Marin residents and businesses except Novato)  www.marinhhw.com

565 Jacoby St. San Rafael, CA 94901  (415) 485-6806

Open Tuesday – Saturday, 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Closed Sundays and Mondays.

Novato Recycling Center (Novato residents and small businesses only) 

www.novatosan.com/green/recycling-and-hazardous-waste-disposal-resources     

7576 Redwood Blvd. Novato, CA 94945  (415) 892-7344

Open the 1st and 3rd Sunday and Monday of each month from 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 

How can I get rid of bulbs and batteries?

Zero Waste Marin’s Bulb and Battery Take-Back Program helps residents recycle light bulbs and batteries at no charge at participating locations. Visit ZeroWasteMarin.org/bulb to find a location near you.

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Join the Environmental Forum of Marin and Sustainable Fairfax

Posted on January 18, 2019
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Come learn about food waste through the lens of chefs like Anthony Bourdain!

January 25, 2019 7:00 PM at The Fairfax Women’s Club. Click here for more information.

 

How Recyclables are Handled in Marin County

Posted on January 7, 2019

Recent changes in international recycling regulations have impacted recycling markets here in Marin County and nationwide so here is a brief refresher on how recyclables are handled in our community.

Resource Haulers in Marin County handle recyclables with two different systems:

  1. “Single Stream” Recycling: Mill Valley Refuse, Bay Cities Refuse, Recology Sonoma Marin & Tamalpais Community Services District
    1. All recyclables go in the same bin EXCEPT if you are part of the Mill Valley Refuse Services Dual Stream Pilot Program.
  2. “Dual Stream” Recycling: Marin Sanitary Service (Fairfax, San Anselmo, San Rafael, Ross and Larkspur)
    1. Paper and cardboard go in the blue side while plastic, metal and glass go in the brown side.

Not sure who your resource hauler is? Just visit our Who Is My Hauler page and click on the name of your city or town.

Whether your resource hauler collects your recyclables in a single stream or dual stream system, here are some tips about preparing your materials for recycling:

  • Quickly rinse your plastic, glass and metal bottles and cans before you recycle them.
  • Clean aluminum foil can be rinsed and recycled.
  • Pizza boxes can be recycled, as long as they are clean and free of food grease. If they are greasy, place them in your green compost cart.

Common items that seem recyclable but actually belong in the trash:

  • Single use coffee cups and single use lids
  • Plastic bags
  • Polystyrene

We encourage you to contact your resource hauler for specific questions about recyclable items. Zero Waste Marin works with cities and towns throughout Marin County to help residents and businesses recycle and compost. Click HERE to download a PDF copy of this newsletter.