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Tips to Reduce Waste at Home this Spring

Posted on March 6, 2017

Reusable Containers: Instead of plastic or paper bags, use reusable containers to pack your family’s food and beverages. Whether you are going for a hike on Mt. Tam, heading to the park for the afternoon or packing a school lunch, reusable containers are the best way to hold snacks for the trip.

  • Cloth Napkins: Swap paper towels for cloth napkins and dishcloths both at home and in packed lunches. Cloth napkins are easy to clean and can be reused for years, and you will save money on paper towels.
  • BYOBag: Add a reminder to bring your own reusable shopping bag to your shopping list. Simple actions like this help keep waste out of our landfills. Remember to keep a reusable shopping bag in your car for any unplanned trips.
  • “Compostable” Plastics:  Even though they claim to be biodegradable and compostable, vegetable-based “compostable” utensils, cups and bags cannot be placed in the Green Cart in Marin County. Please put them, along with paper cups with thin plastic liners, in the landfill cart. Instead, use firmware that can be washed and reused.

Spring is a great time of year for us all to embrace new waste reduction habits at home. Let’s continue to work together to keep Marin County beautiful and thriving.

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. For more information, visit ZeroWasteMarin.org.

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Free Greenwaste Disposal to Repel Wild Fires ’15

Posted on April 18, 2015
Composting.

Create a Fire Safe Defensible Space Around Your Home. Dispose of the Cut Vegetation Material for Free!  Free Green Waste Days, June 20-21 and July 11-12  Free Green Waste disposal days, across from the Nicasio corporation yard, 5575 Nicasio Valley Road. Saturday and Sunday, June 20-21 and July 11-12.  This is your opportunity for free and safe disposal of green waste yard materials such branches, grass and light brush. Please, no building materials, general debris or garbage and no palm trees please.  For information, call 415-473-6917  Sponsored by Marin County Board of Supervisors, Marin County Fire Department, West Marin Compost, and FIRESafe MARIN.

How to Compost on the Kitchen Counter

Posted on October 16, 2011
Composting.

By Emma Gin

When it comes to kitchen compost, one of the few variables is the type of compost container that you choose. If aesthetics are important, an ideal choice is the compost crock. These containers come in a variety of colors and contain charcoal filters to prevent odor from escaping.

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8 Zero-Waste Tips for the Kitchen

Posted on October 10, 2011
Composting.

By Jaime McLeod

1. Dump the disposables. Switch from paper towels to cloth rags. Switch from plastic wrap and foil metal, glass, or plastic containers. Switch from sandwich baggies to cloth sandwich-sized wrap sacks. The list goes on …

2.Cook from scratch. Rather than buying pre-packaged condiments, juices, breadcrumbs, salad dressings, baked goods, and other popular grocery store items, learn to make your own and save on packaging.

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