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Mission Statement

Turning Waste Into Resources in the Most Cost Effective and Environmentally Sound Manner to Benefit the Community. 

About the Monterey Regional Waste Management District

The District was formed as a Garbage and Refuse Disposal District (See Public Resources Code). Since 1951 MRWMD has led the way in effective solid waste management and resource recovery. It has been recognized as one of the “Best Solid Waste Systems in North America”, In addition to being the home of the Monterey Peninsula Landfill, over the years many successful waste diversion and recycling facilities and programs have been developed and operated.  The MRWMD operates the following programs at the Marina site:

Material Recovery Facility

The Last Chance Mercantile reuse store

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility

Landfill Gas Renewable Energy Power Plant

Anaerobic Digestion Compost Pilot Project

Public Drop-off Recycling Center

Small Planet School Education Garden


Facts About Monterey Regional Waste Management District


The District’s primary purpose is to manage solid waste from the Monterey Peninsula region. The District’s role includes the recovery of recyclable materials including cardboard, glass, wood, yard waste, plastics, metal, sheetrock, concrete, asphalt, reusable building materials, and resale items.

The District is energy independent and sells surplus electricity back to the grid. More than 4,000 kW of continuous power is currently being generated.

Service Area*

The District covers a total of 853 square miles.  (See Service Area Map). The population currently served is about 150,000.

District Facilities

The District’s facilities are located on its 475-acre property, 2 miles north of Marina, at the Monterey Regional Environmental Park, 14201 Del Monte Blvd.

The property consists of a 315-acre permitted sanitary landfill site, a 126-acre buffer area (mostly Salinas River floodplain), and 20 acres for the resource recovery Facilities, administrative offices and Board Chambers, and maintenance buildings.

Don Chapin Company and Keith Day Company each lease District property for recycling operations including concrete recycling and green waste composting.

Landfill Site

The Monterey Peninsula Landfill has a design capacity of approximately 84 million cubic yards. The remaining landfill waste capacity is approximately 72 million cubic yards which is projected to last 150 years at present recycling and disposal rates.

For additional information about the District, please refer to 2015 LAFCO MSR & SOI Study.


Materials Recovery Facility

Household Hazardous Waste


Last Chance Mercantile

Renewable Energy Projects


All Publications and Forms

2015 Annual Report

60 Year Timeline

Archival Files


Quick Link to Haulers:

Waste Management Inc. – www.wm.com/ / 831-384-5000

Monterey City Disposal – www.montereydisposal.com / (831) 372-7977

Republic Services Salinas – www.republicservicessalinas.com / (831) 775-3840

*MRWMD Service Area Includes the following jurisdictions:

Moss Landing, Castroville, Marina, Seaside, Del Rey Oaks, Sand City, Monterey, Monterey-Salinas Highway area, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, Carmel, Unincorporated Carmel, Carmel Valley, Carmel Highlands, and Big Sur

It is a Small Planet, Recycle!

14201 Del Monte Boulevard
Marina, CA 93933-1670
Phone: (831) 384-5313
Fax: (831) 384-3567

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