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Free Greenwaste Disposal to Repel Wild Fires ’15

Posted on April 18, 2015

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.

Toxic Away Day May ’15

Posted on April 17, 2015
Toxic and hazardous

ZeroWasteMarin, 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 hazwaste, but to dispose of it properly during these residential disposal events.

Free Toxic Away Day, Pt. Reyes, 40 cars maximun. By Appointment only. Dispose of your residential household hazardous waste.  Disposal of materials such as: Paint, stain, shellac, solvents, roof patch. Fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, rat poison. Adhesives, caulk, motor oil, antifreeze, bleach, cleaners, pool chemicals. E-waste, batteries, lightbulbs.  Maximum deliverable amounts: 15 gallons liquid or 125 pounds dry.  For an appointment call 1-800-207-8222 and press 1.  Saturday, May 9, 2015, 9 am to 1 pm. Pt. Reyes Fire Station, 4th and B Streets. Marin County residents only.  Sponsored by: Marin County Hazardous waste and Solid Waste Management Joint Powers Authority, The City of San Rafael Fire Department,  Marin County Fire Department

May Madness Car/MotorBike Show & Parade 2015

Posted on April 10, 2015

By ZeroWasteMarin

ZeroWasteMarin will set up a booth to hand out an assortment of ZeroWaste information and reusealble items, such as motor oil & filter recycling kits, reuseable shopping totes, reuseable produce bags, and coffee tumbers.

Swing by and say hello while you are enjoying this great event.

Zero Waste Toolkit Available

Posted on April 23, 2012
Waste and recycling programs.

The Marin Hazardous and Solid Waste Management Joint Powers Authority (JPA) has established a Zero Waste Goal of achieving 80 percent waste reduction by 2012 and zero disposal by 2025. To address how best to meet this Zero Waste Goal, the JPA has initiated a two-phase process.

Phase I, the Zero Waste Feasibility Study, completed in December 2009, focused on establishing programs and policies to strengthen the regional framework for meeting the Zero Waste Goal. Phase II, the Zero Waste Tool Kit focuses on implementation of specific programs and policies by the Member Agencies and the JPA to meet the Zero Waste Goal.

The Member Agencies and the JPA have successfully implemented programs to comply with the Integrated Waste Management Act (AB 939) requirements of diverting from landfill 50 percent of waste generated on a countywide basis. As a regional agency the JPA reports diversion progress to the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) on a regional basis for all of Marin. In order for Zero Waste to be attained on a regional basis, it is highly beneficial and cost effective for the JPA, Member Agencies, and haulers to implement programs and policies that are consistent countywide.

To promote regional consistency and effective programs that can be adopted by the Member Agencies and administered by either each Member Agency or by the JPA, model documents have been developed. These documents include: Model Construction and Demolition Debris Ordinance, Model Commercial and Multi-Family Recycling Ordinance, Model Zero Waste Resolution, Model Extended Producer Responsibility and Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Resolution, and Model Franchise Agreement Language.

The JPA has also started a grant program to its member agencies as an incentive to adopt these policies. The first year of the grant program was budgeted at $245,111 and is allocated to the municipalities on a per capita basis. The grants can fund implementation of the Tool Kit Programs or other Zero Waste efforts.

Zero Waste Toolkit

Zero Waste Feasibility Study

Eco Etiquette: How To Have A Zero Waste Holiday Season

Posted on December 5, 2011
Garbage bin.

By Jennifer Grayson

Any tips for how to reduce waste over the holidays? Despite my best eco efforts, I can’t seem to put a stop to all the useless gifts, disposable decorations, piles of wrapping paper, etc.


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How to Compost on the Kitchen Counter

Posted on October 16, 2011

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

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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Zero Waste Grant Program

Posted on June 30, 2011

Beginning in early 2011 the Marin County Hazardous and Solid Waste Management Joint Powers Authority (JPA) created a grant program to provide funding for Marin’s Cities, Towns, the County and Special Districts to develop Zero Waste Programs. The first year of grant funding included $245,111 of grant funds collected from tipping fees on waste disposed. Funds are distributed to municipalities on a per capita basis. Fairfax, Larkspur, Ross, San Anselmo, San Rafael, Tiburon and the County all applied for and received grants. Other Cities and Towns allotted funding will be encumbered and carry over to the next grant term for that specified agency.

The majority of Cities and Towns that received grants applied with the intent of adopting elements of the JPA’s Zero Waste Tool Kit. These elements include adopting a Construction and Demolition Ordinance, a Commercial and Multifamily Recycling Ordinance, a Zero Waste Resolution, and provide food scrap composting to their service area. All of these tasks will facilitate reuse, recycling, waste reduction and diversion in a uniform manner throughout Marin.

Several communities that had received enough funding chose to both adopt the Zero Waste Tool Kit documents and also fund additional zero waste programs. The towns of Fairfax and San Anselmo are using some of their funding to pay for ordinance enforcement costs, recycling at local events, adding public recycling receptacles, and composting programs. The City of San Rafael chose to use some of their funding to help pass a single use plastics ordinance.

The County chose to use all of their funding to partner with the North Bay Conservation Corps to fund food scrap composting at large events throughout Marin as well as funding for recycling coordination at schools and educational composting programs. So far this year the program has provided funding for waste reduction at the Marin County Fair, Bioneers, and the Far West Fest. Additionally, the Conservation Corps provides a service to local K through 12 schools setting up and enhancing recycling and composting programs.

The Conservation Corps will ensure the right types of containers are available and properly placed and conducts pre and post audits of the types of materials conserved and disposed to gauge the success of the program. Conservation Corps staff members develop green teams at each school that will maintain the systems and provide further encouragement at the schools making the program self sustaining.

This is the first year the grant funding has been available from the Marin County Hazardous and Solid Waste Management JPA. The JPA grant program seeks to encourage development of innovative waste reduction programs and foster partnerships between municipalities, non-profits and local contractors.