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IMPORTANT UPDATE FOR MRC CUSTOMERS

The health and safety of our employees and customers is a top priority at Marin Recycling Center (MRC). MRC continues to operate as an essential service to our communities. However, our Buyback Center will be closed to the general public until further guidance from our local officials. We thank you for your help and patience.

Customer Service

Our customer service representatives will continue to answer inquiries from our customers. Our ability to answer calls may be hindered during this time and we ask the following:

  • Please use our website as a place to get information and email our customer service representatives of non-critical items. This will keep our phone lines available for critical needs.
  • Please be patient. We will respond to voicemails within 24 hours.

THE MARIN RECYCLING CENTER

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

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. 

CONTACT, LOCATION & HOURS OF OPERATION

 

Marin Recycle Center Hours

Buyback Center

As of April 2020, closed to the general public until further notice.

 

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

 

Holidays

The Marin Recycling Center is closed on New Year’s Day, President’s Day, Memorial day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.

Marin Recycling Center Address

535 Jacoby Street

San Rafael, CA 94901

Contact

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

Document Shredding: 415-456-2601

BUYBACK CENTER

Recycle to get cash back for CRV bottles and cans. 

The Buyback Center at the Marin Recycling Center has been serving Marin County for 30 years. The facility is a asset for many local entrepreneurs and is available to anyone who wants to sell various accepted recyclable materials.

Conveniently located off of highways 580 and 101, the Buyback Center has a drive-thru that is accessible by pedestrians, bikes, and vehicles. See our location information for hours and directions.

Please drive into the Buyback Center from Jacoby St. and wait for an attendant to help you unload and weigh your material. If you have paper or cardboard, you can recycle those for free at the Marin Resource Recovery Center.

Buyback Materials Accepted at the MRC

Drop off at no cost!

CRV Beverage Containers

Consumers pay California Redemption Value (CRV) when they purchase beverages from a retailer, and receive CRV refunds when they redeem the containers at a recycling center. Most beverages packaged in aluminum, glass, plastic, and bi-metal containers are eligible for CRV. Notable exceptions are milk, wine, and distilled spirits, which are not included in the CRV program.

You can learn more about California’s Bottle and Can Recycling Program at CalRecycle.

For more information, call the Buyback Center at: 415-453-1404

CRV Beverage Containers Accepted at the MRC

All materials must be pre-sorted so they can be weighed for their different values.

  • Aluminum cans
  • Glass bottles
  • Plastic bottles that are California Redemption Value (CRV)

CRV Beverage Containers

 

CRV Pricing

For less than 50 containers or less of each material type:

CRV Containers over 24 oz = $0.10 each
CRV Containers under 24 oz. = $0.05 each

For more than 50 containers, price is determined by weight.

Prices are subject to change. Prices updated 1/29/2020

CRV Aluminum— $1.64/pound
CRV Glass— 10.4 cents/pound
CRV PET Plastic— $1.28/pound
CRV Water Jugs— 58 cents/pound

Please call for pricing on other CRV plastics.

Scrap Metal

All materials must be pre-sorted so they can be weighed for their different values.

  • Scrap aluminum
  • Copper
  • Steel
  • Brass

Please call for current pricing.

 

Cardboard

You can drop your source separated cardboard at the Marin Recycling Center or Marin Resource Recovery Center at no cost.  Cardboard must be flattened, clean, and free of tape or plastic bindings.  Due to the severe decline in recycling markets, we can no longer pay for cardboard.

DOCUMENT SHREDDING

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.

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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!

415-456-2601

AUTO DISMANTLING

We offer free, 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.

The minimum fee is $60.  Please call our office for a price quote.

See our location information for hours and directions.

Call us for more information

415-453-1404

Marin Recycling Center Tours

Tour the Marin Recycling Center

Come see recycling in action!

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.

 

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