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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.

Click HERE to download a PDF copy of this newsletter.

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.

Open Local Task Force Seat

Posted on December 27, 2018
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Zero Waste Marin is looking for a new Local Task Force (LTF) Member for one vacant Special District seat. We are looking for someone affiliated with one of the special districts involved in the regulation and disposal of waste. Click here for more information.

Reduce Waste During the Holiday Season

Posted on November 29, 2018

Reducing waste this holiday season begins with thoughtful shopping and gift giving. Please remember to shop smart and waste less this holiday season.

Give an Experience

Give friends and family members a memorable and personalized gift that requires little or no packaging.

  • Tickets to the theater, ballet or symphony
  • Concert or movie passes
  • Membership to a museum
  • A gourmet meal cooked at home
  • A certificate for babysitting, gardening, or cleaning the house or car.

Sustainable Gift Wrap

When wrapping your holiday gifts, instead of purchasing a new roll of wrapping paper and ribbon, consider these alternatives:

  • Gift bags or reusable shopping bags
  • Tins or baskets
  • Old maps, newspaper or magazine pages
  • Holiday fabrics
  • Bows and paper from previous holidays

Never Burn Wrapping Paper!

It is illegal to burn trash and wrapping paper. If you must use wrapping paper, always purchase non-foil-based paper and remember to toss it in your recycling bin, or save and reuse it next holiday season. Remember that bows, ribbons and wrapping papers that contain glitter or velvet surface treatments are not recyclable. These items go directly to the landfill, so avoid purchasing them if you can.

Don’t Trash your Tree

At the end of the holiday season, make sure your tree ends up in the compost pile, not the landfill. Click here for details on what to do.

Zero Waste Marin works with cities and towns throughout Marin County to educate residents about reducing the amount of waste that goes into our local landfills. Click HERE to download a copy of this newsletter.

Call for Applicants!

Posted on November 7, 2018
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Zero Waste Marin is looking for a new Local Task Force (LTF) Member for one vacant environmental organization seat. We are looking for someone in the county affiliated with a local environmental organization.

The purpose of the LTF is to serve as an advisory body to the JPA Board of Directors.  The LTF provides viewpoints and concerns from different geographical areas of the County, solid waste haulers/facility operators, special districts, and environmental organizations. It is an advisory group that provides guidance to the JPA Board of Directors on emerging solid waste issues and assists in the review of the JPA’s Integrated Waste Management Plan.

The group meets the first Wednesday’s of certain months from 8:30 – 10:00 am. Please click LTF Env Org Seat for more information.

Reduce Waste During the Holidays

Posted on October 29, 2018

Follow these tips from Zero Waste Marin to reduce waste during the holidays!

Plan ahead to prevent waste

Check your pantry before you go shopping, then make a list and buy only what you need for each recipe, especially if you are cooking for a large group. For more ways to streamline your shopping trips, visit our Tips to Reduce Waste at Home page.

Use your leftovers

Make the most of Thanksgiving by transforming leftovers into satisfying soups, sandwiches, pot pies and more. A simple online search will yield a wide variety of yummy recipes.

Donate extra food

If you cooked or purchased too much, consider donating to local organizations such as the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank, the Ritter Center or St. Vincent De Paul Society. For more tips, visit our Food Waste Prevention page.

Compost food scraps

Help keep food waste out of the landfill! Simply toss your turkey carcass, stems, peels, bones and any spoiled food scraps into your green compost cart. For more information on how to compost visit our Composting Info and Courses page.

Dispose of fats, oil and grease correctly

Deep frying your turkey this year? Remember that leftover fats, oils and grease should neverbe poured down the drain. Marin County residents, except those in Novato, can bring used cooking oil in liquid form to the Marin Household Hazardous Waste Facility in San Rafael. For more information on safe disposal, visit the Fats, Oils & Grease page. If you live in Novato, find more information on handling FOG here.

Zero Waste Marin works with cities and towns throughout Marin County to educate residents about reducing the amount of waste that goes into our local landfills. Click HERE to download a PDF copy of this newsletter.

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

DEA National Prescription Take Back Day

Posted on October 24, 2018
Medical waste

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. See below for Marin County locations.

PARTICIPANTS NAME COLLECTION SITE ADDRESS CITY STATE, ZIP
If you do not find a collection site near you, please check back frequently, sites are added every day.
FAIRFAX POLICE DEPARTMENT FAIRFAX POLICE DEPARTMENT 144 BOLINAS RD FAIRFAX CA, 94930 Map
SAN RAFAEL POLICE DEPARTMENT SAN RAFAEL POLICE DEPARTMENT 1400 FIFTH AVE., SAN RAFAEL CA, 94901 Map
MARIN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE MARIN COUNTY PUBLIC SAFETY BUILDING 850 DRAKE AVE SAUSALITO CA, 94965 Map
NOVATO PD NOVATO FIRE STATION 5 5 BOLLING DR NOVATO CA, 94949 Map
CENTRAL MARIN POLICE AUTHORITY CENTRAL MARIN POLICE AUTHORITY 250 DOHERTY DRIVE LARKSPUR CA, 94939 Map
NOVATO PD NOVATO POLICE DEPARTMENT 909 MACHIN AVE NOVATO CA, 94945 Map
CENTRAL MARIN POLICE AUTHORITY CENTRAL MARIN POLICE AUTHORITY
SAN ANSELMO STATION
525 SAN ANSELMO AVENUE SAN ANSELMO CA, 94960 Map
MARIN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE MARINWOOD FIRE DEPARTMENT 777 MILLER CREEK RD SAN RAFAEL CA, 94903 Map

FREE Toxic Away Day

Posted on October 17, 2018
Toxic and hazardous

Zero Waste Marin, in coordination with San Rafael Fire and Marin County Fire have teamed up for another exciting Toxic Away Day in West Marin.

In an effort to reduce hazardous waste incidents, and to facilitate safe situations for our firefighters, Toxic Away Days are designed to encourage residents not to stockpile their hazardous waste, but to dispose of it properly during these residential disposal events.