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Sustainability Frequently Asked Questions

Can I flush my pool water onto the ground or down a storm drain?
I have questions about the ban on Styrofoam. Where can I get more information?
I have a question about my trash service. Who do I call?
What do I do with my old batteries from home?
What can be recycled?
How can I reduce my waste?
What if I see something dumped into a creek?

Q: Can I flush my pool water onto the ground or down a storm drain?
A:

The City of Mill Valley urges residents to work with pool service providers that commit to flushing pool water into the sewer system instead of into the ground or down the storm drain.

Because many of us swim in chlorinated water at relatively high concentrations, we often don’t fully understand the toxicity of chlorine on the natural habitat that surrounds us. It’s quite simple: the concentration of sodium hypochlorite (chlorine) in pool water is high enough to pollute a body of water 10 to 100 times its size if sent to the storm drain.

Because every storm drain in the City of Mill Valley empties into a sensitive natural body of water, such as a creek or wetland, introducing chlorine into those creeks and wetlands kills fish and frogs and the aquatic bugs they feed on.

City officials urge residents not to hire a pool service company that is unwilling to flush pool water into the sewer system.

 

Q: I have questions about the ban on Styrofoam. Where can I get more information?
A:

The City of Mill Valley has prepared the following two-page info sheet with Frequently Asked Questions about the Environmentally Preferable Food Packaging Ordinance.

Click here  to download.

Click here for more information.

 

Q: I have a question about my trash service. Who do I call?
A:

Trash service is provided in Mill Valley by Mill Valley Refuse Service. Contact information:

Phone: (415) 457-9760
Office hours: Monday – Friday between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
After hours: Please leave a message on our 24-hour voice mail system at (415) 457-9760

Mailing address:
Mill Valley Refuse Service
112 Front Street
San Rafael, CA 94901

Website: www.millvalleyrefuse.com

 

 

Q: What do I do with my old batteries from home?
A:

The City of Mill Valley participates in a battery recycling program. You can drop off your old household and cell phone batteries (sorry, no automotive batteries) at one of the following collection points:
City Hall
Library
Public Safety Building
Community Center 
SASM Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Look for the Blue Battery Recycling Barrel.

 

Q: What can be recycled?
A:

Not sure what to recycle? See Mill Valley Refuse Service's recycling guide for a list of items they'll accept for recycling, and how to prepare them for pick-up.

 

Q: How can I reduce my waste?
A:

You'll also find lots of useful information on Mill Valley Refuse Service's website site about how to reduce waste on their Let's Talk Trash page and on their Zero Waste page.

 

Q: What if I see something dumped into a creek?
A:

Contact the Department of Public Works as soon as possible. If it is after hours, call the Dispatch Center at 389-4100.

 

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