MRWMD’s Materials Recovery Facility and recycling programs are designed to maximize diversion of recyclable materials. Since it opened, the MRF has diverted more than 1.5 million tons of recyclable and reusable materials from landfill disposal. As a result, MRWMD member jurisdictions have enjoyed some of the highest diversion levels in the State.

Materials Recovery Facility

The Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) is the centerpiece of the District’s waste processing and diversion. The MRF receives commercial and “self-haul” vehicles carrying a wide range of construction and demolition material, landscaping trimmings and general refuse. More than 50% of the “mixed waste” that is received at the MRF is recycled, reused and diverted from landfill disposal.

The following materials are all processed at the MRF:

Buy Back Center

Located behind the Last Chance Mercantile, the District’s Buy Back Center for CRV Beverage Containers will give you cash for your “CRV” beverage containers Mon.-Sat.

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Construction and Demolition Recycling

wood pileConstruction and demolition (C&D) debris makes up a significant portion of the waste stream. The MRF, designed to effectively process and divert the readily recyclable materials such as wood, metal, dry wall, and aggregate, helps contractors and builders meet new green building standards, as well as State (Cal Green) (link to) and municipal policies and ordinances. These new standards and requirements aim to boost the diversion rate for vs. disposal of these materials. See the C&D page for help on optimizing your load and tracking the diversion for your project.

Green Waste

Clean green waste such as landscape trimmings, brush, tree pruning, and grass clippings are received at the Materials Recovery Facility. The rate for these organic materials, if “clean” and free of contamination.

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Clean Wood Waste

Unpainted wood is also accepted at a discounted rate. Wood must be free of contamination from mixed waste and may not include any treated or painted wood.


Mattresses and box springs are accepted at the Materials Recovery Facility for recycling. The cost charged to accept these items is the same the District pays to a recycler to take them away and reclaim wood, metal and fabric materials.


The District charges $5 each for appliance that doesn’t contain refrigerant and $20 each for appliances with refrigerant. Fees charged for appliances are used to recover the cost to remove mercury switches and refrigerant.


Tires received at MRWMD are delivered to recyclers in Hollister and the Bay Area where they are recycled into playground surfaces and agricultural products. Disposal fees are based upon size and number of tires.


MRWMD’s other Recycling Collection Programs

Electronic Waste Recycling

DSC_1324It is against the law to dispose of electronic waste in the trash. They are accepted free of charge for recycling at the Last Chance Mercantile donation tent.

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Recycling Drop-Off

For your convenience the MRWMD recycling drop off area provides large bins for clean paper, cardboard, glass, metal (appliances must go across scales and to the MRF) and specific plastics (#1-#5 containers and rigid plastic) . It is located on your way to the Last Chance Mercantile.

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Household Hazardous Waste Collection

California law prohibits the disposal of HHW in the trash. Residents within the District service area* may bring household hazardous waste (HHW) for proper disposal to the HHW Collection Facility free of charge.

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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) 384-5313.

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Residential and Commercial Recycling (AB341 & SB1826)

California has two recent laws which mandate commercial and multi-family residential recycling (AB 341), and organic waste recycling (AB1826). These laws support the state’s waste diversion goal of 75% by 2020, and the requirement to keep commercial organics out of landfills.

To learn more about AB341 (Mandated Commercial Recycling) visit www.calrecycle.ca.gov/recycle/commercial
To learn more about AB1826 (Mandated Organics Recycling) visit www.calrecycle.ca.gov/recycle/commercial/organics/default.htm

For information about your curbside or commercial collection services and to help you meet the requirements of AB341 and SB1826, contact your contact your waste and recycling service provider.

MRWMD provides on-going programs to reduce waste and recycle  a range of materials at the Materials Recovery Facility, the Recycling Drop-Off Area, Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility and Last Chance Mercantile.



Materials Recovery Facility

Green Waste Diversion and Composting


Landscape & Compost Brochure

Disposal Brochure

Household Hazardous Waste Brochure

Map & Driving Directions

AB341 Mandatory Commercial and Multifamily Recycling




*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