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Treated Wood Waste Update

Posted on January 7, 2021
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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:

ACTenviro
CleanEarth
Clean Harbors

See also the Construction & Demolition page.

Christmas Tree Recycling 2020-21

Posted on December 29, 2020
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If you have a live tree and are looking to have it composted:

Click here for a list of 2020-21 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.

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In 2021, Re-Solve to Re-Home!

Posted on December 22, 2020
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Swap. Donate. Share. Image of snow board being listed online.
You sort and recycle. You shun plastic bags. Food scraps in the compost? Check.

Fantastic! Moving to zero waste also means making sure that the stuff you no longer want gets used by someone else, and that we all buy less in the first place. 2021 is a good year to resolve to re-home – to find new homes for unwanted stuff and to find ways to reduce the amount of new stuff we buy. Whether you prefer to designate a box or area where you place items you no longer want or decide to re-home items one at a time, the result is the same – giving reusable items a second life.

Here are some ideas to get your items underway:

  • Done loving it? List it. Consider listing reusable items on services such as Craigslist, Nextdoor or Facebook Marketplace.
  • Pass it along! Join or start a “Buy Nothing group” in your neighborhood. The platform allows neighbors to post anything they’d like to give away, lend, or share, and ask for anything they’d like to receive for free or borrow. Learn more at BuyNothingProject.org.
  • Donate to charity. Donate gently used goods to support reuse outlets such as Goodwill or the Salvation Army.
  • Own it together! Does everyone on your block need to own their own circular saw? Probably not. Consider joining or setting up a “virtual tool-sharing library” in your neighborhood on Nextdoor.com so that those important but rarely used tools can be put to good use all year round.
  • Get your space back. No takers? For damaged or no longer usable items, Marin single-family home residents can request a free bulky waste pickup. Contact your hauler:

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: https://www.cityofsanrafael.org/green-business-highlights/

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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.

Used Motor Oil and Filter Recycling Kit Available

Posted on October 23, 2020

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ZeroWasteMarin’s used motor oil and filter recycling kit is a free, convenient way to recycle used oil and filters and reduce mess during oil changes.

The kit includes a dual filter drainer, a 6-quart drain pan and a shop rag.  A list of all the used motor oil and filter collection centers in Marin County is included. This list can also be found here.

Click here to request your FREE kit today.

Your kit will be delivered to your door within 72 hours.

Available while supplies last. (excludes the City of Novato)


Kit para el Reciclaje de Aceite y Filtros Usados de Motor Están Disponibles

El kit para el reciclaje de aceite y filtros usados de motor que provee ZeroWasteMarin.org ofrece una manera gratuita y conveniente de reciclar el aceite y los filtros usados, y también reduce los derrames que puedan ocurrir al hacer el cambio de aceite.

El kit incluye un drenador de doble filtro, una bandeja de drenaje de 6 cuartos y un trapo para limpiar el aceite derramado. También incluye una lista de todos los centros de recolección de aceite y filtros usados de motor en el Condado de Marin. Esta lista también se puede encontrar aquí.

¡Solicite su kit GRATUITO hoy mismo!

Tu kit será llevado a tu puerta en menos de 5 días laborales.

Disponible hasta agotar existencias (excluye la ciudad de Novato)

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Composting Class October 14th, 2020

Posted on September 29, 2020
Worms Make it Happen
This is an online event offered through the Marin County Free Library via Zoom.
See website for more information: http://marinmg.ucanr.edu/

Program: Learn how wiggly little worms will turn your kitchen scraps into wonderful compost and compost tea. If you live in a small space or would like a new composting option, this class will teach you composting in a plastic tub, and other techniques. Make this a family project, children of all ages welcome.

 

Stuck at Home?

Posted on August 28, 2020
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Please donate your used items to the Goodwill! For information on no-contact donations, please visit this guide from the San Francisco/San Mateo/Marin Goodwill.

Love Food, Not Waste During Stay-at-Home

Posted on May 26, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic means stocking up on groceries and more meals at home. However, more food preparation at home could also mean more food waste! The Bay Area Recycling Outreach Coalition (BayROC) has responded to this with renewed promotion of their food waste prevention campaign. You may see these ads all over the Bay Area in the coming weeks. Messages include:

1. Using the Whole Ingredient

2. Food Storage Tips:

3. Getting Creative with Leftovers:

See LoveFoodNotWaste.org

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For more tips and examples, see:

Zero Waste Essentials During Shelter-at-Home

Posted on April 30, 2020

During this challenging time, moving toward zero waste may not be at the top of our to-do lists. The COVID-19 restrictions — such as reducing trips to the store, the ban on reusable bags and cups, and the closing of drop-off facilities — present multiple challenges to our usual waste reduction habits. But it is still possible — and desirable! — to waste as little as possible as we strive to stay healthy and sane. Below are tips to encourage waste prevention, reuse, and proper recycling as we all shelter at home.

leftovers in containers1. Prevent Food Waste

These days we may be buying more at each trip to the store, so we don’t go as often. We are preparing most, if not all meals, at home. It is more important than ever to shop smart, store food correctly, understand expiration dates, and use up what we have at home before it spoils.

See this page for more tips on food waste prevention.

 

2. Deliver Bags and Boxes to the Right Place

As we order more online and temporarily can’t use our reusable bags at stores, paper and plastic bags and cardboard boxes are piling up! Here’s what you can do:

cardboard boxesStore and reuse bags:

  • Paper bags can hold kitchen scraps for compost.
  • Plastic bags are not recyclable in your curbside cart. Use them to store fruit and vegetables in the fridge and to dispose of pet waste.

  • Many shoppers are choosing, when possible, to just put their items back into their cart or basket without taking a bag, and then pack up items in their car or bicycle.
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Reuse or recycle cardboard boxes:

  • Keep those boxes to store the items planned for donation (see below).
  • Break down delivery boxes and fit into recycling bins, making sure the lid closes.

box of items for donation3. Spring Cleaning? Collect, Sort and Store

After staying at home for weeks, you may be more aware of clutter and be moved to remove! During the shelter-at-home order, many facilities for drop-off and donation are closed or reducing services, including those that collect paint, batteries, bulbs, hazardous waste and e-waste. At this time, it’s best to collect, sort and store your no-longer-needed items to take for reuse, recycling and donation after we get the all-clear.

Goodwill is open for sales online and offers contact-free donation centers in Mill Valley and Novato only. Learn more.

See resources for how to recycle here..

flower pots for donation4. Zero Waste Yard Work

Some of us have more time these days to spend in the yard and garden. Here are some tips:

  • Yard and garden waste, such as clippings, flowers, grass and leaves, can go in your green cart.
  • Maybe now’s the time to start composting at home! See tips here.
  • Time to move along those tired pots or that statue that no longer appeals? Place them in your “to donate” box and find them a new home when the stay-at-home is lifted.
  • Some things never change! Pet waste should always, always go in the garbage.

Hang in there, Marin! Thanks for keeping Zero Waste essential!