As a family-owned and operated business with a rich history of serving our community since 1906, we look forward to being your trusted waste management provider in 2024 and beyond!

Below is the information from our Winter 2023 newsletter which was mailed to all our customers. You may also view the Winter 2023 Newsletter PDF here or by clicking on the Newsletter PDF image on the right.

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IMPORTANT HOLIDAY SCHEDULE CHANGE

We do not collect compost, recycling, or garbage on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day. Because both of these holidays fall on Mondays, collection service will be pushed back one day through Saturday those weeks.

Our office will be closed on 12/25/23 and 1/1/24.

Casar, a MVRS garbage collector hangs on the back of a garbage truckA NOTE FROM YOUR COLLECTOR

It’s, Cesar, I’m a driver/collector here at MVRS, and I’ve got three important reminders to share to help keep everyone safe and our operations smooth.

    1. PLEASE DON’T OVERLOAD YOUR CARTS

      Each of your carts has a weight limit of 60 pounds, and when they get too heavy, they can break. Plus, it’s risky for us collectors to lift. We’ve seen it happen quite a bit, especially with green carts crammed full of compressed yard waste. If you’re using brute force to stuff yard waste in there, it’s a sign you’ve gone overboard! Let’s keep it safe and manageable. 

    2. BREAK IT DOWN TO MAKE MORE SPACE

      Over the holidays we collect a lot of cardboard boxes for recycling. Get in the habbit of flattening those boxes. You’ll be amazed at the extra room it creates in your recycling cart. If the cardboard still won’t fit, bundle it up in a package no larger than 4’x4’x4’, and secure it with some twine or string. Place those bundles right next to your cart on pickup day, and we’ll take care of the rest.

    3. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF FREE CURBSIDE CLEANUP

      Did you know that residential households are entitled to at least two free curbside cleanups each year? If you schedule it in advance of your pickup day, we’ll swing by and collect up to three cubic yards from your home. This is great for spring cleaning or just properly disposing of that extra waste that you’ve been holding on to. Check out our Residential Curbside Cleanup page for details about your town/city.

    Thanks for helping us keep things running smoothly and safely.
    We appreciate you!

Illustration of garbage man with tree

CHRISTMAS TREE COLLECTION

Put your natural Christmas tree out on the curb on any regular green compost cart collection day beginning Tuesday, January 2, 2024.

  • Remove all ornaments, decorations, and tinsel.
  • Remove stands.
  • Trees over 5 ft in height must be cut in half for ease of handling.
  • Plastic or flocked trees cannot be recycled. They go in trash. Call our office to schedule pickup between 1/2 & 1/19. After 1/19, a special pick-up is required and may result in a fee.
  • We will not pick up trees left by garbage cans.

THESE ITEMS GO IN GARBAGE NOT RECYCLING

Wrapping paper, ribbons, plastic and Styrofoam™ all go in your garbage cart.

Images of ribbons, wrapping paper, glitter bags, plastic packaging and Styrofoam that go in trash

TIPPING YOUR COLLECTOR

If you would like to tip your collectors, please do not leave a gift out where it can be the target of thieves. If you feel comfortable, you may hand your gift directly to them. 

You may also send your check, cash, or package to our office. Click here for information about where and how to send your gift.

CALIFORNIA’S MANDATORY ORGANICS RECYCLING LAW

Mill Valley Refuse Compost CartCalifornia law, SB 1383, passed in 2022, aims to keep food and other compostable materials out of landfills by requiring all generators of waste (businesses, public entities, and single/multifamily residents) to properly sort their waste, by either placing organics in the compost cart or self-hauling to a composting facility or program. Residents must also place recyclables (paper, cardboard, cans, and bottles) in the recycling cart.

We’ve made this easy for you! Compost, Recycling, and Garbage Service are all part of your normal service package, and has been for years, with Mill Valley Refuse. All you need to do is sort your organic waste correctly including food, food soiled paper, and plant debris into your green compost cart, and paper, cardboard, cans, and bottles into your recycling cart(s).

Gray MVRS garbage cart overflowing with trash bags

BUSINESS OWNERS & MULTIFAMILY PROPERTY OWNERS/MANAGERS

If your business is experiencing high volumes of garbage, recycling, and compost on the weekends, it may be time to add weekend collection service to your regular collection schedule. We offer convenient Saturday and Sunday service for our commercial and multifamily customers. Additional fees apply.

Contact us today to learn more.

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