Disposal Services

The Monterey Regional Waste Management District operates the Monterey Peninsula Landfill (MPL) and Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), two miles north of the City of Marina. MPL is the location for regional disposal and the MRF provides processing of recyclables from commercial and self-hauled materials. (Please note that access to the Materials Recovery Facility will be limited due to construction and installation of new equipment through December 2017.)

Location: 14201 Del Monte Blvd., Marina 93933 / Printable Map & Directions

Hours:  Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Closed on Sundays & Following Holidays:
Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day.

Whenever you “throw something away” it’s taken to the Monterey Peninsula Landfill – the final disposal site for approximately 200,000 tons of municipal solid waste delivered to the facility each year from Monterey Peninsula homes and businesses

This 461-acre site began operating as a sanitary landfill two miles to the north of Marina in 1965.  Engineers project that it has space for more than 100 years of waste at current disposal rates.  Currently, portions of the Landfill have been filled to an elevation of 130 feet , however the site is  permitted to reach a final elevation of 264 feet.

The entire Monterey Peninsula Landfill has been engineered with controls in place to separate waste safely from the environment.  The landfill is composed of modules or cells that are filled in one at a time. The 23-acre module currently in use was completed in June 2013.  The construction of a new module begins with an engineered composite liner made from a 2 foot thick layer of clay, covered with a heavy plastic liner. Leachate collection pipes and sand are placed above the liner to catch any liquids draining from the waste – these are recirculated through the landfill. Finally, a 2 foot thick layer of compost is placed over the sand drainage layer to protect the plastic liner from being damaged by heavy.

Cover your load! Uncovered loads may be charged double. Uncovered trucks are one of the primary sources of litter found along our roadways. To report a litter violation from a motor vehicle, visit www.keepmontereycountyclean.org

All Loads Subject to Hazardous Waste Load Checking

Hazardous and other prohibited materials, as defined under California law and regulations, may not be disposed at the Monterey Peninsula Landfill or the Materials Recovery Facility. If hazardous materials are found in loads, the hauler is responsible for all costs associated with management of the hazardous material. In addition, the District may notify state and local regulatory agencies, and the responsible party or parties may be subject to civil or criminal prosecution, or both.

Note: Classification of all materials is subject to scale house personnel’s discretion at time of acceptance.


MRWMD offers the following facilities to make it convenient for you to reduce, reuse, recycle and properly dispose of your household hazardous materials before refuse is deposited in the landfill:

Last Chance Mercantile: Drop off your reusables such as clothing, furniture or leftovers from your garage sales (Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

Electronic Waste Recycling: It is against the law to dispose of electronic waste in the trash. Electronic waste is accepted free of charge for recycling at the Last Chance Mercantile donation tent (Tuesday – Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

Buy Back Center for CRV Beverage Containers: Recycle your “CRV” beverage containers for cash. Located behind the Last Chance Mercantile. See the Buy Back Center page for hours and redemption values.
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Recycling Drop Off: The recycling drop off area provides large bins for clean paper, cardboard, glass, metal and specific plastics (appliances must go across scales and to the MRF). It is located on your way to the Last Chance Mercantile (Monday – Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.).
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Household Hazardous Waste Collection: California law prohibits the disposal of household hazardous waste (HHW) in the trash. Residents within the District service area* may bring HHW for proper disposal to the HHW Collection Facility free of charge (Tuesday – Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.).
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Small Business Hazardous Waste Collection: Hazardous and regulated waste from small businesses such as fluorescent light bulbs, paint, cleaning chemicals, etc. is accepted by appointment only. To schedule and for more information call (831) 264-6386.

MRWMD offers the following services for additional information and fees see the MRWMD Disposal Fee Guide or contact staff at (831) 264-6389.

  • PULL-OFF/PUSH-OFF SERVICE is available for Regular waste, Fumigation & Drip Plastic and Large Trucks, Boats, or loads requiring assistance of an excavator and/or more than one employee. Fees based upon service.
  • CERTIFIED WEIGHTS. You will weigh in at our Scales, and staff will provide instructions to determine the certified weight of your load.

Accepted materials include:

– Asphalt
– Drywall (gypsum)
– Concrete
– Brick
– Rock
– Roofing tile, and clean/uncontaminated soil
– Oversized Ccncrete (up to 42 inch length, or concrete w/rebar or pipe less than 8 inches exposed)
– Mixed concrete (up to 24 inch length, may also include brick, asphalt, rock, tile roofing, dirt)

Loads must be “Clean” meaning without contamination, garbage or debris (may not contain more than 20% dirt). “Dirty” loads will be charged the solid waste rate.

The use of belly dumps and loads of 10 cu yds. or more requires prior approval from the District Engineering Department at (831) 264-6910, and may be subject to a special handling fee per truck. See Disposal Fee Guide for current fees.

We accept unpainted wood and “clean green” yard waste only.

  • No garbage or debris, no treated or painted wood, cedar shakes, palm tree or fronds, ice-pant,
    cactus or poison oak. It is important that materials are clean and uncontaminated, as these materials are recovered and recycled into landscape products, woodchips and compost.
  • Sod may also be accepted at the same rate.

Acceptance of the following materials requires advance approval from MRWMD’s Engineering staff (831-264-6910), analytical analysis and a service fee:

– Drilling muds/dredgings (with less than 50% moisture)
– Debris contaminated soil
– Petroleum contaminated soil
– Liquid waste*, biosolids (sewage sludge)

A processing Fee will be charged for the review of liquid waste/PCS documents. The use of belly dumps requires prior District approval and may be subject to a special handling fee per truck. See Disposal Fee Guide for specific fees.

Problem waste is defined as any waste requiring special handling or immediate burial, including loose debris, confidential documents, fumigation plastics, boats, or oversized demolition loads. Additional fees may apply.
For specific fee information refer to our Disposal Fee Guide. For additional information contact staff at (831) 264-6389.

Medications should never be flushed down the drain.

For proper disposal of pharmaceuticals, the best solution is to return them to a pharmacy with a take-back program. Please check with your local pharmacy to see if they offer a take-back program. The Household Hazardous Waste program can receive “over the counter” medication and medical sharps (safely sealed in a sharps container and/or sealed and labeled plastic bottle).

For a listing of free safe collection sites for unused medications in Monterey County, visit Don’t Rush to Flush.

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*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, & Big Sur