Starting January 2022, all California residents will be required to compost organic waste properly. The law aims to reduce harmful methane emissions from landfills that contribute to climate change and global warming.
Please visit Cal Recycle's website for more information on the new law.
How do I comply?
Subscribe to composting service with Marin Sanitary Service! Representatives are available at (415) 456-2601, Monday through Friday, between 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
If you are enrolling in MSS's organics service for the first time, your business is eligible to receive up to $600 in free indoor compost bins. Please visit our Free Indoor Composting Bin Program page for more information, the application will remain open till May 1st, or till supplies last.
Eligible food service businesses may want to participate in the Food to Energy Program instead. The program takes food waste from participating local restaurants and grocery stores and converts the material into a bio-gas through anaerobic digestion. For more information about the program, check out the Marin Sanitary Service website.
Can I be exempt?
Check the chart below to see if you qualify for an exemption. If you think you may qualify, please fill out this waiver form and submit it to Marin Sanitary Service. If you have questions or need help filling out the form, please contact an MSS Recycling Coordinator at (415) 456-2601.”
|Amount of waste your business* generates|
(Garbage and recycling combined) is:
|Threshold to Qualify for a Minimal Generation Waiver:|
|Less than 2 cubic yards of total weekly refuse service||And generate no more than 10 gallons of compostable/organic waste or recyclables per week|
|2 or more cubic yards of total weekly refuse service||And generate no more than 20 gallons of compostable/organic waste or recyclables per week|
*Note, multifamily properties are not eligible for these waivers.
How does this new state law affect my business or non-profit?
Every business and nonprofit agency in California must abide by the following rules based on the new state law. (If your business sells or produces food, you may have additional responsibilities; please see them below).
- Subscribe to curbside compost and recycling collection service in addition to garbage
- Place color-coded and labeled compost and recycling containers next to all indoor garbage containers (excluding restrooms)
- Sort materials into the proper bins
- Educate employees, contractors, about the law at least annually
- Periodically inspect bins and provide feedback to employees and contractors about incorrectly placed items
My business sells food, what are the additional requirements?
Businesses that generate excess edible food, must contract with a food recovery organization to donate it. By the dates listed below, these entities must:
- Recover the maximum amount possible of surplus edible food generated
- Partner with one or more food recovery organizations or services to pick up or receive your surplus edible food
- Have a written contract or agreement with the food recovery organization(s) or service(s)
- Track and maintain records of food recovered each month including type, frequency of collection and amounts in pounds
|Deadline for compliance||Type of entity|
|January 1st, 2022|
|January 1st, 2024|
Consider taking the steps suggested at the following web pages to reduce food waste:
Food Recovery Organizations
The City of San Rafael has identified the following food recovery organizations businesses may contract with to be in compliance:
|Organization||Contact Information||Donation type|
|SF Food Bank||Website||Large volume donations|
|Extra Food||Website||Prepared foods, smaller volume|
|Ritter Center||Website||Prepared foods, smaller volume|
|Salvation Army||Website||Prepared foods, smaller volume|
|Open Door Ministries||Website||Prepared foods, smaller volume|
|Copia||Website||Prepared foods, smaller volume|
|Replate||Website||Prepared foods, smaller volume|
- Check out these educational materials by Zero Waste Marin and Marin Sanitary Service
- Access the Marin Sanitary Service' "Where does it go, Joe?" tool to help you properly sort waste
- Edible Food Recovery Agreement by CALRecycle
- Eligible business may qualify for up to $600 in free indoor composting bins. Please visit the Free Indoor Composting Bin Program page for more information.
- Composting Tips