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The list below will help you determine what you may put in your mixed recycling can. "Mixed" or "single-stream" recycling (as it is sometimes called) means that you can put all of your recycling in one can, so there's no need to sort items by type. For a printable version of what can be recycled, download our Recycling Guide (pdf). Items accepted in our curbside program are not the only ones Marin residents can recycle, visit Marin Recycles to learn more.
Unfortunately, paper that is lined with plastic (like milk cartons) or line with layered materials (such as juice or soup boxes) are no longer accepted for recycling. Read more about this here. Please do not put them in your recycling cart, instead these items go into the trash.
Prices for recyclables have plummeted, and there is no recovery in sight. The unfortunate consequence of this is that at processing plants workers are no longer tearing open plastic bags full of material as they come across the sorting belts. That means if you've bagged your recycling in a plastic bag, that bag (and all its content) usually ends up in the trash.
Don’t let good recyclables end up in the trash!
Please do not bag your recycling. Instead, simply throw your recylables loose in your brown recycling cart. If you must use a plastic bag, dump out the loose contents of the plastic bag into your cart and throw the plastic bag in the trash.
Learn how good intentions are wasted when the wrong materials are put in your recycling and compost carts.
MVRS offers a less expensive 20-gallon can rate for customers who recycle and compost so much that they do not fill larger-size cans with trash. You must purchase a new 20-gallon can from a local store if you wish to switch to the 20-gallon can rate. Reduce, reuse, recycle and compost as much as you are able to see if you can drop a can size and save money in the long run.