Call for LTF Applicants Public Seats 2023

Posted on November 8, 2023

Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity with Zero Waste Marin? Consider joining the Local Task Force! This group acts as an advisory group to the Zero Waste Marin Board, and makes recommendations to help advance the mission of Zero Waste Marin across the County. This recruitment is for three public community seats, one each to represent the following areas: Southern Marin (Mill Valley, Sausalito, and Tiburon), Ross Valley, and Unincorporated Marin. Note that applicants should live in one of those three areas, and ideally would have experience in waste management or zero waste.

For more details refer to the Call for LTF Applicants Public Seats 2023 document. 

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

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:

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.

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

Join the Living Lightly Meetup with Green Change

Posted on February 12, 2021

Would you like to learn how to live sustainably?

Join the Living Lightly Meetup with Green Change on Monday, February 22, from 6 to 7:30pm PT.

This free Zoom event will feature talks by these climate action leaders:

You will learn about simple, low-cost actions you can take in your daily life, such as: eat sustainably, consume less, shop wisely, use less plastic, reduce your waste and walk or bike more.


Green Change will email you the address of this Zoom meetup when you register.

This commmunity event is hosted by Green Change director Fabrice Florin, with Marilyn Price, Bridget Mazzini and Al Grumet. If you have any questions, please email


One Marin Business’s Success with Composting Compliance

Posted on December 8, 2020

A new state law, AB 1826, requires all businesses and multi-family residences of 5 or more units producing over 2 cubic yards of solid waste to subscribe to composting. The attached case study shows how Sessions Rise, a 73-unit group of condos, came into compliance with the help of one resident, her HOA and Marin Sanitary Service. Key to the success of the program were clear signage and use of distributed, smaller collection bins to ensure that every resident is just a brief walk from proper disposal.

Download the brief case study below and see additional case studies here:

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On the Way to Plastic Free! Screening and Discussion

Posted on November 17, 2020

West Marin Climate Action is partnering with Environmental Action Committee, Zero Waste Marin and Black Mountain Beauty to offer a virtual screening of two important films about the expanding plastic industry, the crisis of plastic pollution and the effect it has on the health of people and the planet.

poster for plastic free filmYou are invited to watch at your leisure the films “The Story of Plastic” and “Plastic Wars” between November 28 and December 3. Links to the films will be provided upon registration. Then, join us on December 3 for a safe discussion via Zoom on how to disrupt the consumption of plastic, locally and globally. Come and hear from local experts:

  • Garen Kazanjian of Recology Sonoma Marin, Zero Waste Specialist
  • Eva Holman of Upstream Solutions, Policy Coordinator
  • Martin Bourque of Berkeley Ecology Center, Executive Director (Martin Bourque was featured in “The Story of Plastic”)

Presentations will be followed by time for Q&A. The FREE event will end with a Call to Action discussion and shared resource links.

Register for the event HERE.

Download flyer in English.

Download flyer in Spanish.