Event: Toxic Away Day 2/17/24

Posted on February 12, 2024

Do you have household hazardous waste you need to dispose of? Join us at the upcoming Toxic Away Day event in Bolinas on Saturday, February 17th!

Where: Mesa Park, 100 Mesa Road, Bolinas

When: 9am – 1pm on Saturday, February 17th 

What: Safely and responsibly dispose of household hazardous waste such as paints, solvents, motor oil and antifreeze, bleach, batteries, lightbulbs, and e-waste. The disposal limit is 15 gallons of liquid waste or 125 pounds of dry waste.

How: There will be a 60 car maximum for this event and drop-offs can be made by appointment only. Please call 916-351-0980 extension 0 to make an appointment.

This event is sponsored by Zero Waste Marin, the Bolinas Public Utilities District, and the Bolinas Fire Protection District.

Getting to Zero Waste at Home

Posted on February 2, 2024
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Achieving the least waste possible is an important goal at home and at work.

While recycling is important, there are additional elements to zero waste, including reuse and, most importantly, reducing the amount of stuff we buy in the first place.

Here are some resources on this website that can help:

Recycling Guide: Find out how to reuse, donate, recycle or safely dispose of just about anything.

Food Waste Prevention: When we make the most of our food, we ease the pressure on the food supply system, help the environment and save money!

What Is Zero Waste? How is Marin County working toward Zero Waste?

Going Zero Waste is an ongoing task for all Marin residents and businesses.
Thanks for your zero waste efforts.

Mini-Grants for Businesses Available to Aid Food Recovery and Waste Reduction

Posted on August 3, 2023

Zero Waste Marin is administering a pilot mini-grant program that aims to provide support to businesses that need to comply with the edible food requirements included in SB 1383. If successful and if budget allows, this program could possibly expand in the future to help additional businesses.

Mini-Grant Amount: Up to $7,500.

Deadline: Mini grant applications will be reviewed as they are received, and funds will be available until the total mini grant allocation is spent down.


  • Must be an edible food generator covered under the edible food donation requirements in SB 1383
  • Must be located within Marin County

Rules for Expending Grant Funds:

Grant recipients will have the following options for spending grant funds:

  • Order from Fishman Supply: Grant recipients can send links of items available on the Fishman Supply website to Zero Waste Marin staff for ordering. Zero Waste Marin staff will order the items (up to the maximum grant amount) and have them shipped to the business address provided. Items must be related to edible food recovery: e.g., kitchen food scales, storage solutions, etc.
  • Food Waste Reduction Service: Grant recipients can opt to work with a service such as LeanPath or Copia that will help analyze the food waste generated at a business and provide suggestions for ways to reduce food waste. Zero Waste Marin will pay for the cost of this service, up to the maximum grant amount. Please note that eligible costs under this part of the mini grant would only be for a service that helps a business identify ways to reduce how much food is wasted through better ordering practices or food preparation etc. Costs associated with food pick-up and donation would not be eligible, as there are already free options for this service available in the County of Marin.
  • Reimbursement: If the grant recipient does not wish to pursue either of the options above, Zero Waste Marin will reimburse expenses directly related to edible food recovery such as a refrigerator, refrigerated van, etc. The grantee will be responsible for providing an invoice of the related expense to Zero Waste Marin staff, who will then verify the invoice and reimburse the business up to the maximum grant amount.

How to apply:

Fill out the online form available here. If you need the questions in Spanish, please email Casey Fritz at CFritz@MarinCounty.org.

Learn more about SB1383 for Businesses.

You’re Invited: Zero Waste Symposium on May 11

Posted on April 13, 2023

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The 2023 Zero Waste Symposium will take place on Thursday, May 11th from 8am to 5pm with a happy hour to follow. Learn about reuse, recycling, redesigning, and rethinking our waste systems locally and cutting-edge information in this space.

Keynote speakers include Marcus Eriksen of 5 Gyres, Colin West with Clean Up the Lake and Heidi Sanborn from the National Stewardship Action Council.

Learn more and save your seat at: www.zerowastenorthbay.org.

Free Toxic Away Day in Bolinas

Posted on October 20, 2022
Toxic and hazardous

What: Dispose of toxic materials
When: Saturday, November 5, 2022, 9:00am – 1:00 pm
Where: Mesa Park, 100 Mesa Road, Bolinas
How: By Appointment only: Call 916-351-0980 Ext. 0204

Safely dispose of toxic materials for free, including:

  • Paints, stains, solvents
  • Motor oil, antifreeze
  • Bleach, cleaners, pesticides
  • E-waste, batteries, lightbulbs

Disposal limit: 15 gallons liquid or 125 pounds of dry waste.

Sponsored by:
City of San Rafael Fire Department
Bolinas Community Public Utility District
Bolinas Fire Protection District
Zero Waste Marin

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Celebrate ExtraFood’s Fall Festival, Oct. 23

Posted on September 30, 2022

ExtraFood is an organization working o end hunger and wasted food in the North Bay. They rescue excess fresh food from businesses, schools, and gardens and immediately deliver it to people facing food insecurity. You are invited to:

ExtraFood’s Fall Festival
Sunday, October 23, 2:30pm
Marin Food Mart, 2257 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur

The Festival will be a celebration of community connection, and a chance to grow support of ExtraFood’s critical food recovery and gleaning programs, which rescue and redistribute nearly 1 million pounds of fresh food from local businesses, schools, hospitals, farms, and yards every year.

Tickets include:

  • Delicious food donated by Marinita’s and Insalata’s restaurants
  • Local beer and wine plus a signature cocktail
  • Silent auction items and prizes
  • Kid’s fall craft making
  • Sponsor a Food Rescue Trip
  • Live music
  • Community building, food waste prevention and composting tips, and more.

Purchase tickets here.

Request for Proposal for SB 1383 Planning

Posted on September 22, 2022

The JPA is seeking outside assistance to develop an implementation plan that would provide a roadmap for the agency and its members to meet the new and more ambitious organics reduction mandate, as well as to identify areas where collaboration is recommended as a best practice to streamline reporting and compliance and what would be required for successfully doing so, including potential costs. 

RFP for SB 1383 ZWM MA Collaboration

The RFP is due by October 13, 2022.

Question:  Has the JPA, its members or franchise haulers been subject to any enforcement actions from CalRecycle related to 1383 compliance?

Answer: No.

FREE Recycling Collection Event, July 30 in San Rafael

Posted on July 14, 2022

Conservation Corps North Bay is holding a FREE Recycling Collection event on July 30th. Items including small electronics and appliances, microwaves, cell phones and “stereo” equipment are accepted for recycling:

Saturday, July 30, 2022 10:00am – 2:00pm
San Rafael High School
150 Third St. San Rafael 94901

NO appointment needed to drop off e-waste.

To drop off used tires, call 707-285-2200 to make an appointment.

NO hazardous waste accepted.
See the full list of accepted items here.

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Let’s Talk Trash on March 15

Posted on March 8, 2022

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You are invited to an educational meetup, “Let’s Talk Trash: How to Sort your Waste and Why” on March 15 on Zoom.

On Tuesday, March 15 at 6:30pm, representatives from Mill Valley Refuse and Zero Waste Marin will join Sustainable Mill Valley for a conversation about sorting our waste and minimizing what gets sent to the landfill. We will hear from Gene Della Zoppa, Dave Biggio and Matt Willemsen of Mill Valley Refuse, along with Andrew Shelton of Zero Waste Marin.

To receive the link to the meetup, please RSVP to team@sustainablemillvalley.com

Request for Proposal for Supplemental Community Recycling Outreach in West Marin

Posted on October 26, 2021

Zero Waste Marin is seeking qualified applicants to assist with Public Outreach and Education within the one waste collection franchise the County holds in West Marin.

Please see the RFP on the County website.

The RFP’s intent is to identify potential vendors (qualified individuals, non-profits, companies) that can work with the County of Marin Waste Management Division to supplement education and outreach provided by the County and the local Franchises waste hauler, Recology Sonoma Marin.

The work contemplated in this project is to benefit the communities solely within the “West Marin Franchise No. 1” which includes Pt. Reyes, Tomales, Dillon Beach, Woodacre, Lagunitas, and San Geronimo. Individuals, non-profits, and companies that can competently disseminate information about recycling, compost, household hazardous waste options, bulky waste pick-ups and diversion programs, including SB 1383, are all encouraged to tender RFP responses.

There is an expected budget of $20,000 for this one-year contract.
Proposal packages will be received through Wednesday – December 1, 2021 at 2:00pm (PST).

The RFP and all instructions for it can be found on the County website.