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Marin Household Hazardous Waste Facility Fiscal Report

It’s spring cleaning time and if you’re like most of us, you’re finding a few items in your garage clean out that don’t belong in your garbage, recycling or green compost cans. Things like paint cans, batteries, light bulbs, and old cell phones.

Here’s the good news: part of your fees as a Mill Valley Refuse Service customer go to support the Marin Household Hazardous Waste Facility in San Rafael where you can take these items – free of charge – for safe and convenient disposal. We also offer our residential customers free, curbside pickup of approved hazardous wastes (learn more here).

The Marin Household Hazardous Waste Facility also offers a reuse area where like-new products are available for residents and businesses to take for free. The reuse area is open to the public during facility hours. They also offer reprocessed latex paint for a fee to the public and to local jurisdictions for the use of graffiti abatement, offered in white, beige, and gray.

Recently, the facility released its Fiscal Year 2015/16 Report. Among the highlights for the year:

  • Despite feeling the effects of falling commodity prices, the facility came in under budget.
  • They received a 2016 Leader in Sustainability Award from Call2Recycle, a North American program implemented by the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC) for recycling used batteries and cellphones. The Leader in Sustainability Award “recognizes the top performing participants for their commitment to recycling.”
  • They hosted two successful Toxic Away Day events in Bolinas and Point Reyes Station.
  • The facility collected 1,600,445 pounds over the fiscal year, an average of 134,820 per month. Latex paint accounted for 30% of that waste, followed by e-waste at nearly 18%.
  • A total of 25,780 households participated, an increase of 2% over the previous year.
  • The majority of participants were from San Rafael and Mill Valley.
  • More than 63% of the waste (up from 58% in FY 2014/15) was recycled, only about 1% being landfilled.

For more information about the Marin Household Hazardous Waste facility, you can visit them online or call their 24-hour information line at 415-485-6806.

To learn more about Mill Valley Refuse hazardous collection procedures including free pick up, please visit our Hazardous Wastes page.