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Christmas Tree Recycling 2022-23

Posted on December 20, 2022
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If you have a live tree and are looking to have it composted:

Click here for a list of 2022-23 curbside collection and drop-off options, or click the image below.

To prepare your tree for both curbside collection and drop-off:

• Remove all tree stands (metal, plastic, wood), ornaments, lights, tinsel, etc.

• Flocked trees will not be accepted.

• Apartment building tenants should contact their manager and request that they set up one day for holiday tree collection at the property.

click for christmas tree recycling info

 

Position Available: Executive Director, Zero Waste Marin

Posted on October 28, 2022

position description cover shotThe Executive Director of the Marin Hazardous and Solid Waste Joint Powers Authority (Zero Waste Marin) will report to the twelve-member JPA Board of Directors and ensure communication and coordination are effectively administered between the Board of Directors, member agencies, franchisors, stakeholders, and the community. As a hands on manager, skilled administrator, and leader of people, the position will apply innovation, creativity, and experience in solid waste diversion, zero waste initiatives, and regulatory oversight to advance the vision of the Board, its members, and the Authority.

The position is responsible for developing and implementing the County’s Regional Integrated Waste Management Plan and administering the Marin Countywide Hazardous Waste Management Plan. Through the vision and direction of the Board, the position will lead and oversee the development and administration of programs to reduce disposal in landfills, promote recycling, and promote and support the proper handling of household hazardous wastes.

Application Period closes November 14, 2022
Interviews: Week of December 4-10, 2022

View and download the complete position description and application procedure here.

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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Getting to Zero Waste at Home

Posted on March 28, 2022
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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.

Let’s Talk Trash on March 15

Posted on March 8, 2022

meetup invite

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.

Zero Waste Marin Unveils Two Videos for Students

Posted on October 7, 2021
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The Zero Waste Marin Schools Program has produced two videos with accompanying student activity sheets to help teachers introduce concepts of recycling and zero waste in engaging, Marin-specific ways:

Recycling Is a Trip

Dave the Recycling Fairy takes the audience on a virtual field trip to a local Marin waste hauler to inspire kids to care about what goes where, and where it ends up!

View/download student activity sheet for Recycling Is a Trip! video.

Zero Waste Starts at Home

Dave the Recycling Fairy pops out of the recycling cart to point out that more stuff is not better…and that there are great ways to reduce the amount of stuff we use.

View/download student activity sheet for Zero Waste Starts at Home video.

See also the School Resources page