Treated Wood Waste Update

Posted on January 7, 2021
Toxic and hazardous

The alternative management standard (AMS), which allows waste haulers to accept treated wood waste (TWW) from residential and commercial customers, expired on December 31, 2020.

For this reason, beginning on January 1, 2021, waste haulers in the County of Marin cannot accept TWW at their facilities, in their debris boxes, and in the garbage, recycling, or composting bins, as treated wood is now considered hazardous waste.

The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) is working on some variances that could allow some facilities to receive TWW. Until the variances are applied, DTSC suggests generators delay removing treated wood if possible or temporarily storing the waste before disposal.

Currently, the Marin Household Hazardous Waste facility cannot accept TWW from residential or commercial generators. Please do not bring TWW to the facility, and please do not instruct your customers to do so, either.

If you must remove any TWW, read the DTSC factsheet to avoid any penalties and get a disposal estimate from an approved hazardous waste hauler. To find more information related to the topic, visit the DTSC website.

Below is a list of companies that you can contact for transportation and disposal of TWW:

Clean Harbors

See also the Construction & Demolition page.

Avoid the Spark. Be Battery Safety Smart

Posted on October 24, 2018
Toxic and hazardous

These days, people depend on a variety of rechargeable and non-rechargeable batteries to get them through their everyday lives. This means that there is a higher-risk factor associated with the handling and disposal of batteries when they reach end of life. All batteries can and should be recycled, and consumers should take time to educate themselves on industry-recommended methods of being battery-safe.

In Partnership with the Avoid the Spark. Be Battery Safety Smart campaign, Zero Waste Marin is promoting battery safety. This initiative shortens the gap between consumers and industry experts, providing educational resources.  There are simple steps YOU can take to reduce the risks of battery recycling. Click the links below to learn more.

Battery Safety 101  

Battery I.D. Guide

 Battery Takeback Sites

FREE E-Waste Collection

Posted on July 12, 2018
Toxic and hazardous

Schedule a collection event or regular pick-ups at your location. or (415) 454-4554. For more information visit their website.