Mill Valley Refuse Service collection service operates normally on all holidays EXCEPT Christmas and New Year’s Day. When either of these two holidays falls on a weekday, we will operate one day later through Saturday.
This year both holidays fall on a Friday so for those of you have Friday pickup, your pickup day will be on Saturday for these two weeks.
For our office hours of operation, visit our Contact page.
Gift wrapping paper (any kind) is not recyclable and should go in your trash. Please consider using sustainable alternatives like cloth, paper bags, magazines, old paper maps, or newspaper for wrapping. Reusable bags or boxes are great too.
Tissue paper should be composted – put it in your Green Compost Cart. Since most tissue paper is already made up of recycled paper, it can be difficult to recycle.
Ribbons and bows are not recyclable and unfortunately should go in the trash. The good news is they are very easy to reuse, so stash them with your leftover wrapping paper for next year!
It has long been a tradition for some to tip the garbage, recycling and compost collectors during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. The drivers very much appreciate these gifts and are thankful for them.
However, gifts left on cans at the street have become targets for “scrooges” who are known to drive or walk along the streets snatching them before the collectors arrive. Unfortunate, but true.
1) Put on your mask and hand them directly to your drivers/collectors (they’ll be happy to meet you!)
2) Send a gift card, check or package to our office
If you send a check, please do not make it payable to Mill Valley Refuse Service. Instead, call our office at (415) 457-9760 extension 25 so we can provide you with the name of your collectors. Or simply specify on your envelope which driver (trash, recycle or yard waste) you want your gift to go to, and include your address so our collectors can identify from whom the gift came. If you want to tip more than one collector, please send separate gifts (one envelope is okay) so we can give your gift directly to the driver(s).
Mill Valley Refuse Service
Attn. Holiday Gift
112 Front St.
San Rafael, CA 94901