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Zero Waste Marin FAQs


Zero Waste Marin (ZWM) is a governmental Joint Powers Authority that represents the 11 cities and towns and the County of Marin. Our mission is to protect natural resources by promoting source reduction of waste through reuse, repair, and more mindful purchasing. To make recycling and composting easy, we offer a variety of programs including: the Household Hazardous Waste Program, the Zero Waste Schools Program, and public outreach and education programs. These programs align with County-wide goals to act on climate change and promote healthy, safe, and sustainable communities.

To learn more about ZWM, visit the About Zero Waste Marin page.


Zero Waste Marin provides kitchen compost pails to the community at events that we attend, pending inventory of pails. Use the Contact Us form to inquire about picking up a pail, or visit our Events page to see what community event we will be at next.

Residents can also contact their waste hauler to see if their waste hauler will provide them a kitchen compost pail as well.

Visit our Who is My Hauler? page, which lists hauler service areas by area in Marin County.



Businesses may arrange for services in a variety of ways:

  • Arrange for services with the hauler that serves the location where your business is located. Visit our Who Is My Hauler page for more information. Every hauler in the County offers commercial recycling and organics services.

  • Self haul—Self-hauling means your business takes responsibility for transporting your recyclables to a designated location that will accept and/or process the recyclable materials. Some examples include, but are not limited to taking your recyclables or compost to a buy-back facility or drop-off facility. Businesses that have programs through their distribution centers may also be considered self-hauling.

  • Arrange for pickup of recyclables or compostables. With your permission, an individual or firm may pick up your recycling or compost as long as they do it for free or they pay you for the materials.


Effective July 1, 2012, any business that generates four cubic yards or more of waste per week is required to arrange for recycling services. All businesses are encouraged to recycle. Locations with multiple businesses can share recycling services; tenants should work with Property Managers where applicable.


Yes. Effective April 1, 2016, State law AB 1826 requires businesses to arrange for composting services. As of September 15, 2020, the threshold to meet the requirement is two cubic yards of trash, recycling and compost services combined per week.

California law SB 1383 requires some commercial entities that provide food to donate the maximum amount of excess edible food to feed people. Check out our SB 1383 Businesses page for more details.


Show your patrons you care about the environment! Learn more about the Marin County Green Business Program and consider becoming certified.

Find out more about the small business program at both Household Hazardous Waste Facilities in Marin County.

Marin Household Hazardous Waste Facility
565 Jacoby St. San Rafael, CA

Residential: Tues – Sat, 8am – 3:30 pm (Except Novato Residents)

Businesses: Tues-Wed 8 am-3:00 pm (Except Businesses that generate waste in Novato)
By Appointment Only
Fees Apply

Novato Household Hazardous Waste
Facility 7576 Redwood Blvd. Novato CA
Novato Businesses only


View the Novato Business Recycling (pdf) on the Novato Household Hazardous Waste website.