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.
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:
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, auto dismantling, and coordinates the Buyback, which accepts California Redemption Value (CRV) beverage containers and pays for certain source-separated recoverable materials.
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.
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
The Marin Recycling Center is closed on New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.
535 Jacoby Street
San Rafael, CA 94901
Marin Recycling Center / Buyback Center: 415-453-1404
Document Shredding: 415-456-2601
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Our Buyback Center will be closed to the general public until further guidance from local officials.
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.
Drop off at no cost!
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
All materials must be pre-sorted so they can be weighed for their different values.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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IMPORTANT UPDATE: Tours are now hosted virtually. Click on the buttons below to learn more.
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.
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.
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.