Zero Waste Guidelines

(Compost) (Recycle) (Landfill) Bay Cities Refuse Service (BCRS) guidelines posted on refrigerator

COMPOST – FOOD, PAPER, WOOD and BAMBOO
All food; food-soiled or wet paper; paper napkins, plates & cups; wood & bamboo utensils.
Compostable products: paper plates and cups, wood utensils – stocked in the basement.
Available for all cub events – see below. *

RECYCLE – clean-dry paper, glass jars, metal cans, tin/aluminum foil, hard plastic containers, cartons with NO plastic tops or straws! Empty all containers – wipe off residue, no need to wash.
No Food Soiled Paper – that is compost!

RECYCLE SOFT PLASTIC – store in the cylinder by the back door – must be clean and dry clear Plastic bags, plastic wrap, plastic packaging wrap – i.e. wrapping for paper towels & TP
When cylinder is full – stuff all soft plastic into ONE BAG for the recycle bin

LANDFILL – Zero Waste by 2025 (Marin County Ordinance)
PLASTIC PLATES & UTENSILS; cartons with plastic caps, flip tops, straws; broken vases & glasses; plastic wine corks; plastic bags with paper labels; filthy or wet soft plastic; things too greasy or filthy for recycling. Styrofoam – please don’t buy this! It is made of harmful chemicals and carcinogens.

HAZARDOUS MATERIAL – batteries, light bulbs, Red bin on the kitchen counter

KITCHEN BIN CLEAN UP AFTER AN EVENT – CHECK FOR & remove non-compostable, non-recyclable items.
COMPOST: empty into the outside bin; Reline kitchen bin with Biobag.
RECYCLE & TRASH: empty into outside bins – trash is the gray bin & more bins in the latched hutch.

KITCHEN BIN LINERS – FOR COMPOST ONLY
Compost – BioBags (light seafoam green) in the right-hand, lazy-susan
RECYCLE & TRASH BINS – NO LINERS – We are not buying or using trash bags. Do Not use BioBags!
Pacific Cleaning will wash and dry all kitchen bins once a week.

KITCHEN BIN LOCATION

(BACK PORCH LIGHT SWITCH IS BEHIND THE REFRIGERATOR)

FOR EVERYDAY & SMALL GATHERINGS FOR EVENTS
3 small lidded cans: by the fridge
1 compost – foot pedal faces the auditorium
1 recycle – foot pedal faces the fridge
1 landfill – foot pedal faces the fridge

FOR EVENTS
2 tall open bins: under counter by the sink
Compost
Recycle
1 on back porch: Trash

FOR YOUR EVENTS

BEST PRACTICE – Use Existing Tableware. When washing plates and utensils don’t run the tap water.
Instead, use a tub of soapy water in the sink, and a rinse tub (per California Dept. of Water Use & Efficiency.)

* 2ND BEST PRACTICE – Use Compostable Products. These are purchased by SWC Sustainability Committee
because many products, advertised as 100% compostable or biodegradable, ARE NOT COMPOSTABLE
and are landfill, so please consult us when you want to supply your own product, or need products
not already in supply. No single-use plastic or bioplastic. “Sustainability Starts in your Cart” (at the Store)!
Questions?? Contact Julie Carlson & Sue Currier, Sustainability CoChairs, Thank You.