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Bulky Waste Collection and Recycling Events

Neighborhood Collection Events

The City is conducting a pilot project in conjunction with Zero Waste Marin,  Mattress Recycling Council, Marin Sanitary Service, and Conservation Corps North Bay to encourage the legal disposal of unwanted items and better understand community needs. The pilot includes a series of free bulky item collection events for residents of multi-family complexes to drop off and recycle their items. These are for multi-family residents of San Rafael only (i.e., renters in apartment complexes). No business, no single family residents, no hazardous waste.



Canal Neighborhood
March 27, May 29, and July 31
Saturday, 8am – 2pm
Pickleweed Park, 50 Canal Street
Información en Español
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Bret Harte / Gerstle Park Neighborhoods
May 1, June 26 and August 28
8am – 2pm
Jackson’s Hardware, 58 Woodland Avenue
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Information in English

What items can be dropped off at the events?

AllowedNot Allowed
Any furniture (e.g. sofas, chairs, rugs, dressers, bedframes, etc.)Household Hazardous Waste (electronics, batteries, paint, light bulbs, motor oil, cleaning products) More info: here
Washing MachinesConstruction Materials



Q: Can I bring refrigerators or microwaves to drop off at the event?

A: No. Refrigerators and microwaves are considered hazardous materials and cannot be dropped off at the events. If you need to get rid of a fridge, please call (415) 485-3174 and someone will get back to you about your disposal options. You may also dispose of the fridge at Marin Resource Recovery Center at 565 Jacoby St., San Rafael, CA. For more info on the Marin Resource Recovery Center, please check out: https://marinresourcerecoverycenter.com/

Q: Can I bring appliances other than refrigerators and microwaves to the event?

A: Yes. Other appliances, such as old washing machines, dishwashers, toasters, may be dropped off at the event.

Q: Can I bring Household Hazardous Waste (electronics, paint, oil, batteries, cleaning products, and more) to the event?

A: No. Household Hazardous Waste must be brought to Marin Sanitary Service's Household Hazardous Waste Facility at 565 Jacoby St., San Rafael CA. For more info on what is considered Household Hazardous Waste, please check out: https://marinhhw.com/residential-guidelines-marin-hhw/

Q: What about single-family residents?

A: If you live in a single-family home, Marin Sanitary Service offers residential customers (who have a personal MSS account) two (2), scheduled bulky item collections of up to two (2) items each time at no extra charge. Please refer to Marin Sanitary Service's webpage for more info: https://marinsanitaryservice.com/residential/residential-clean-ups/

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