1050 Andersen Dr, San Rafael, 94901 California


“The Garbarinos practically invented recycling. Their innovative operations have served as a model for both the state and the nation. It has kept them at the forefront of the movement to reduce, reuse and recycle, and end waste as we know it today.” --Rosalie Mule, California Integrated Waste Management Board.

A Family’s Vision to Zero Waste

“We were never garbage men, we were scavengers,” recalls Joe Garbarino, co-founder of Marin Sanitary Service (MSS).

As a new immigrant from Italy, Joe’s father and uncle formed the first Scavengers Protective Association in 1920. Hauling garbage in giant burlap bags on his back over the steep hills of San Francisco, John Garbarino quickly learned that people threw away more than they should, and most of it could be reused. He soon began scouring wine bottles, eyeglasses and shoes and reselling them.

MSS began in 1948 when together the families Garbarino, Segale, Zappetini, Marconi and Zanotti left San Francisco and ventured into the growing communities of Marin County to start a new garbage service. In 1994, the County of Marin granted a franchise for additional unincorporated areas around San Rafael. MSS currently services more than 33,000 residential and commercial accounts.

Now there are 3 generations of Garbarinos working at Marin Sanitary. The family has toiled long and hard over the years to get Marin County to recycle over 74% of all waste. The business has grown and expanded into three separate divisions in order to address every facet of waste management and recycling.

Since MSS was founded its evolution has closely paralleled that of Marin County itself. We have grown philosophically with our customers, and believe in the power of recycling to preserve our natural resources. As a result, we are well on our way to achieving our goal of zero waste. Our three divisions work together to provide comprehensive collection, recycling, and education services:

Marin Sanitary Service (MSS) – Provides weekly residential and commercial waste collection, street sweeping, and recyclables pick-up services.

Marin Recycling Center (MRC) – Accepts and processes collected recyclables including glass bottles and jars, aluminum and tin cans, plastic containers #1-7, waste papers, cardboard, and hazardous waste. The center also provides community education through the Environmental Classroom.

Marin Resource Recovery Center (MRRC) – Accepts and processes non-hazardous materials through a customized system of screens, conveyors, blowers, magnets, and hand-sorting. It also offers debris box rental.

Marin Household Hazardous Waste Facility (MHHWF) - Accepts hazardous materials from Marin residents and businesses.

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Marin Sanitary Service wants your business to maximize its recycling efforts. Basic commercial services include daily or weekly garbage and recycling collection depending upon your service needs. Appropriate container options are provided as part of our service.

When you call (415) 456-2601 to start your new service, you may select the size cart that best suits your property's needs. You can also change the size of your container by calling the number above. Customers may opt to buy their own compactors for commercial debris instead of using the ones provided by Marin Sanitary Service. *Compactors are charged according to size, so make sure you are getting the appropriate compactor for your needs.

Rates are based on container size and are set by the city or town in which your business is located. These containers are for garbage but can also be used for non-garbage dry materials that are source separated at Marin Resource Recovery Center. Speak with a Commercial Recycling Coordinator for details.

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Roll-off Container Sizes

10 cubic yards

18 cubic yards

20 cubic yards

42 cubic yards

Available roll-off containers can be arranged on either a weekly or on an "on-call" basis.

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