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Zero Waste in Marin

Zero Waste in Marin

Zero Waste Marin is the formal name for the Marin Hazardous and Solid Waste Joint Powers Authority (JPA), which is comprised of representatives from all over Marin County.

Their mission is to help residents and businesses meet the county’s Zero Waste goal by 2025 by reducing and recycling their solid waste and safely disposing of hazardous materials. They provide information on household hazardous waste collection, recycling, composting and waste disposal and their website is full of useful information. They also ensure our county’s compliance with state recycling mandates – all while educating the citizens and businesses of Marin.


Zero Waste Marin is comprised of the city and town managers of Belvedere, Corte Madera, Fairfax, Larkspur, Mill Valley, Novato, Ross, San Anselmo, San Rafael, Sausalito and Tiburon and the County of Marin. Zero Waste Marin ensures Marin’s compliance with the California Integrated Waste Management Act and its waste reduction mandates.


In addition to addressing the statutory requirements of the Integrated Waste Management Act, Zero Waste Marin also works with us at the Marin Household Hazardous Waste Facility to provide hazardous waste collection to citizens and businesses in all areas of Marin except for the City of Novato.

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Refillable is better

Refillable Cylinders

In North America, 40 million disposable one-pound propane cylinders are used and tossed out each year with an estimated four million in California alone!


Empty cylinders are often disposed of improperly in landfills, dumpsters, household trash, campsites, on the roadside or in recycling containers and proper recycling is costly. When “empty,” disposable cylinders often still contain a small amount of gas, posing a danger to sanitation and parks workers due to the risk of explosions and resulting fires.


Refillable cylinders! Refillables save money and hassle, they cost from $1.99 to $3.99 to refill (depending on location) because you only pay for the gas and filling service, not the container, they last up to 12 years and can be refilled hundreds of times.

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