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Leader in Recycling

Materials Accepted

Redwood Landfill and Recycling Center accepts municipal solid waste (MSW) from commercial haulers and the public for recycling and disposal.  Each load of material is measured or weighed and specific information about its origin is documented.  Redwood’s permits strictly regulate the type and amount of materials that can be received.  Redwood reports daily tonnage totals and material types to the Local Enforcement Agency (Marin County LEA).

Load Checks

All public loads are inspected and documented at the Scale House to ensure unacceptable materials are not delivered to the landfill.  If unacceptable items are identified, the load will be rejected.  Staff can provide list of proper disposal facilities for any unacceptable waste.


Redwood accepts and recycles the following materials:

  • Concrete and asphalt
  • Yard trimmings and food scraps
  • Clean soil
  • Construction & Demolition Debris
  • Commingled recyclable bottles, cans & paper
  • Scrap metals & appliances


Redwood Landfill is the largest composting facility in Marin County.  Its Homegrown Compost is listed by the Organic Materials Review Institute (ORMI) and complies with the US Composting Council Seal of Testing Assurance.  Residential yard trimmings and food scraps collected by Marin Sanitary Service, Mill Valley Refuse and Novato Disposal are combined with private hauler yard trimmings to make compost.   For more information, visit


Materials that cannot be diverted for recycling or composting are disposed at the working face of the landfill.  Throughout the day, heavy equipment operators crush and compact the waste into the disposal cell.  This process forms a tightly packed layer of waste, reduces settlement and conserves landfill space.

At the end of each day, bulldozers spread a layer of compacted soil or alternative cover (such as sludge mixed with wood waste) over the exposed garbage.  This daily cover, required by law, keeps the waste in place, deters scavenging by animals, helps repel rainwater and minimizes odors.

Did You Know?

Redwood Landfill has the largest composting facility in Marin County and its Homegrown Compost is approved for organic farming.