What Waste?

Join us in helping Marin County reach its ZeroWaste goals by reducing your own waste. ZeroWaste Marin has established a target of 80% waste reduction in the next five years and zero disposal by 2025. Here's how you can help.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

To prevent and avoid waste, shop smart. Don't over-shop and think about packaging waste before you purchase. 

Buy organic. Highly processed foods take more energy to produce and usually have excess packaging. 

Say no to single-use. Grocery bags, water bottles, coffee cups. Coffee Cup waste calculator

Before throwing away, consider if the item could be repurposed or repaired. Could the item be donated, sold or shared with a friend? Visit Zero Waste Marin's Recycling Guide for tips on how to reuse, donate, recycle or dispose of nearly anything. 

In 2022, the Tiburon Town Council adopted a Reusable Food ware Ordinance, which requires all food vendors in Tiburon to use reusable or compostable food ware for dine-in or takeout services, with the aim of reducing waste. 


Mill Valley Refuse Green Can Service for food scraps and yard waste. Food scraps and food-soiled paper make up 23% of Marin's residential waste stream. When you compost, your organic waste will be diverted from the landfill to create a rich and nutritious soil amendment that can be put back in the earth, closing the "recycling loop". 

Food scraps, food-soiled paper and yard waste are processed into Homegrown Compost, a premium, affordable compost which you can purchase directly from Redwood Landfill's VMEarthCare Center in Novato.

The Mill Valley Refuse Service "What Goes Where?" tool to learn which can to use to properly recycle or dispose of the item. 

Learn more about composting - https://www.millvalleyrefuse.com/services/compost-services 

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Safe Disposal

When disposing of household items, make sure you are doing it safely. The Police Department will safely and efficiently destroy unwanted medicine and firearms. If you wish to surrender a firearm to Tiburon PD for disposal, call (415)789-2801 to make an appointment and leave the firearm if your car. An officer will retrieve it from your vehicle. 

A battery disposal box is available at Town Hall.