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Organics Recycling Program

To increase diversion of recyclable materials from the landfill and in accordance with state laws AB 1826 and AB 1594, the City of Martinez has approved the rollout of a commercial and residential “Organics” Recycling Program.  The City’s Program diverts food scraps, food soiled paper products and other organic materials such as yard debris from landfills, helping to reduce landfill-associated greenhouse gas emissions.

Under the new program, organic materials will be collected and sent to an industrial composting facility in Richmond. Diverting these materials from the landfill represents a significant benefit to our environment.

Residential - Single and Multi-Family

New Residential Services BrochureAs of January 1, 2016, residents are able to dispose of “organic” materials such as food scraps along with yard debris in their existing green carts.  Green carts will be collected weekly, on the same day as garbage and recycling pickups.

In early 2016, Republic Services will be offering free kitchen organics pails to interested residents upon request. To put in your request for a free kitchen pail, contact Republic Services at 925-685-4711. 

Republic Services will offer Martinez households one cubic yard of free compost, a rich soil amendment made from the recycled food scraps and yard debris!  We had our first compost giveaway on August 27th at the Martinez Marina and approximately 40 residents took part.  Starting in 2017, there will be two compost giveaways per year, most likely in March and August at the Martinez Marina to coincide with garden planting. If you would like to get an email reminder, please email  Proof of residency required.

New Residential Services Brochure
Acceptable Organic Materials
Maintenance Tips - Organics Pail and Green Cart
Examples of Certified Compostable Liner Brands - Residential


On April 1, 2016, businesses generating eight cubic yards or more of organic materials each week will be required to participate in the mandatory commercial Organics collection program. In subsequent years, the commercial Organics program scope will expand to businesses generating four cubic yards or less.  Collection will be at least once a week and up to three times a week, as necessary.

Republic Services will be offering free “slim jims” to interested businesses upon request (exact date TBD).  To put in your request for a free slim jim, contact Republic Services at 925-685-4711.

Commercial Organics Recycling Service FAQ's
Examples of Certified Compostable Liner Brands - Commercial