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As part of our commitment to resource recovery, we are in need of upgrading our recycling facility to expand our sorting capabilities. With this upgrade, we will no longer have space to operate our buyback facility. We are sorry for any convenience for our customers, especially those who have been storing materials during the time we were closed for the pandemic.

To redeem CRV materials the following facilities are still in operation:

Action Metal Recycling Inc. 385 Pittsburg Ave. 510-236-2488

Novato Recycling Center 7576 Redwood Blvd. Novato CA 94945 (800) 243-0291

Petaluma Recycling Center 315 2nd St. Petaluma, CA 94952

Valcore Recycling 38 Sheridan St. Vallejo, CA 94590

Recycling Zone Inc. 1973 Broadway St. Vallejo, CA 94589


The Marin Recycling Center is a part of the Marin Sanitary family of companies. It is the primary material recovery facility (MRF) for all residential and commercial curbside recyclable material in central Marin County.

The Center processes curbside recyclables, provides document shredding, and auto dismantling.

Are you looking to drop off aluminum/tin cans, cardboard, paper, plastic/glass bottles?

The Marin Resource Recovery Center (MRRC), located at 565 Jacoby St. in San Rafael, accepts most commons residential recyclables free of charge. Fees may apply for businesses and for residents dropping off items that are not recyclable. Learn more by visiting the MRRC website.

Recyclables for MRRC


Marin Recycling Center Hours

Buyback Center

As of May 2021, permanently closed.

Document Shredding and Automotive Dismantling
Monday – 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday – 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wednesday – 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursday – 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday – 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday – Closed
Sunday – Closed



The Marin Recycling Center is closed on New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.

Marin Recycling Center Address

535 Jacoby Street

San Rafael, CA 94901


Marin Recycling Center / Buyback Center: 415-453-1404

Document Shredding: 415-456-2601


Protect yourself, your family and your clients with confidential document shredding at the Marin Recycling Center.

The Marin Recycling Center offers safe, secure document shredding services for all of Marin County. You can come to us, or with our Mobile Shredding Service, we’ll come to you!

We are fully insured and have been providing residential and commercial shredding services for decades.

Rest assured that your sensitive documents will be fully destroyed and fully recycled.

Safe, secure Document Shredding

Reliable, Secure and Recycled

  • Materials are “cross-cut” to fully destroy confidential information
  • 100% of your sensitive paper documents are recycled
  • Document destruction certificates are available
  • We can also destroy X-rays, IDs, CDs, and diskettes (no hard drives)
  • Witnessing available for an additional fee
  • We are fully insured
  • Drop it off or use our mobile shredding service

Please keep your paper separate from the other materials to be shredded so we can recycle it!

No metal hanging folders or plastic or metal clips.

Document Shredding at the Marin Recycling Center

  • Document shredding services are located next to the Buy Back center lane at the Marin Recycling Center. See our location information for hours and directions.
  • We can help you unload your vehicle or we can roll a cart right up to you!
  • Simply drop off your sensitive documents inside a secure lockable cart for later destruction.
  • Please keep your paper separate from the other materials to be shredded so we can recycle it!
  • No metal hanging folders or plastic or metal clips.

Witnessing Documentation Destruction

Please call 415-456–2601 to find out the cost associated with your individual service needs or to make an appointment to witness document destruction. An appointment is required for witnessing document destruction and an additional fee will be applied.


Mobile Confidential Document Shredding Service

Our shredding service will come to you!

Our mobile shredding van can come to you an on-call basis or you can set up an account and establish a regular pick-up service. If you set up an account, we can provide 64-gallon lockable carts to keep on site until it is ready for pick up, or we can provide you with smaller shredding consoles. Please note that a refundable deposit is required for all containers.

We can shred the materials in front of you if you would like to witness the destruction (additional fees apply for this service).

We serve all of Marin County, however, additional fees apply to areas outside of our contracted service areas of San Rafael, San Anselmo, Fairfax, Ross, Kentfield, Greenbrae, and Larkspur.

Call Today to Schedule Your On-Site Service!



We offer fast and easy junk car dismantling and recycling services for Marin County.

All you need is the title or junked slip from the DMV, and we’ll take care of the rest.

We will remove any hazardous materials like oil and heavy metals to ensure that your car is properly dismantled. All recoverable material will be removed be recycled into another commodity.

Please call our office for a price quote.

See our location information for hours and directions.

Call us for more information


Marin Recycling Center Tours

Tour the Marin Recycling Center

Come see recycling in action!

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Tours are now  hosted virtually. Click on the buttons below to learn more.

Educational Tours for Schools & Community Groups

We invite you to schedule tours of the Marin Recycling Center for your school, community, or business group. For details and contact information, visit the Marin Sanitary Service website.

Community Events 

Marin Sanitary Service welcomes our community to tour our San Rafael facility or participate in one of our public events. Here you’ll learn about sustainability through reducing, reusing, recycling, and composting garbage, conserving our resources, and making better purchasing choices!

Visit the Marin Sanitary Service website to learn more about Community Events or our regularly-scheduled weekend tours.

About the Marin Recycling Center

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Built in 1986, The Marin Recycling Center is a part of the Marin Sanitary family of companies known as the Marin Recycling and Resource Recovery Association (MRRA) and acts as the primary material recovery facility (MRF) for all residential curbside recyclable material in central Marin County. One of the first of its kind, the facility was envisioned by Joe Garbarino who saw the need for a full scale recycling center here in Marin County.

The facility utilizes star screens, magnets, eddy current, blowers, hand sorting lines, and many other technologies to efficiently sort and bail all paper, cardboard, glass, aluminum, and plastic curbside materials. All material is then baled into its respective commodity type and then sent to market to be converted back into consumer products.

In addition to processing curbside recyclables, the Buy Back center inside the Marin Recycling Center accepts California Redemption Value (CRV) beverage containers and pays for certain source separated recoverable materials like scrap metal and cardboard.


Other Resources

Marin Resource Recovery Center

The primary materials recovery facility (MRF) for all residential and commercial customers in Marin County.

Household Hazardous Waste Facility

Batteries, paint, and household cleaners should be dropped off at the Household Hazardous Waste Facility.

Marin Sanitary Service

Provides recycling, compostable and trash service in Marin County.

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