Novato Sanitary District | Creating Worth From All of Novato's Waste


If you see a sewer spill or overflow in our district

CALL (415) 892-1694
during business hours.

After hours, please call
Novato Police Department at (415) 897-1122

If you have an overflow or backup

Please do not run water or any appliance that uses water until the problem is cleared.

Business Hours*

8 am to 5 pm, closed on alternate Fridays.

(415) 892-1694

*Note: We are open to the public for regular business, however visitors must follow current CDPH protocols including face coverings for unvaccinated persons.

We are on the job
24 hours a day,
365 days a year.
We Are a Green Business
What's New at Novato Sanitary
  • Recent COVID cases may delay eWaste pick-ups

  • Novato Sanitary District is Funding Free E-Waste pick-up services for Novato Residents

    Novato Sanitary District is providing funding to the Conservation Corps of the North Bay (CCNB) to provide Novato residents with free E-Waste pick-up services. ... (more)

  • Schedule a Free E-Waste Pick Up

    Schedule a Free Thursday pick-up by contacting CCNB at: Turn on Javascript! or calling (415) 454-4554 ... (more)

  • New Business Hours

    Effective July 12th the District will be open M-F from 8 am to 5 pm, and closed on alternate Fridays beginning July 23rd. Public visitors must follow current CDPH protocols ... (more)

  • Novato Sanitary District Earns Award For Eight Years of Perfect Wastewater Treatment Plant Compliance

    There are nearly 15,000 wastewater treatment plants in the country and only about 150 earn the coveted Platinum Peak Performance Award ... (more)

  • The District is offering RATE RELIEF!

    For eligible, low income single family residential ratepayer households via the Low-Income Sewer Rate Assistance Program

    For program details, eligibility and application form follow the link above.

  • Novato Buyback Recycling Center Reopened

    Recology Sonoma-Marin has reopened the Novato Buyback Recycling Center at 7576 Redwood Blvd. For more information or to make an appointment, go to the website of our franchise service provider, Recology Sonoma-Marin. ... (more)

  • Novato Household Hazardous Waste Drop Off Appointment Tool

    Make an online appointment to drop off your household hazardous waste and learn what's accepted, what's not, and more.

  • COVID-19 Video Shows Impact of Wipes Clogging Sewer Facilities

    Dramatic video taken by the Novato Sanitary District Friday morning shows water shooting out of ... (more)

  • Social Distancing Protocol

    Novato Sanitary District social distancing policy protocol, as mandated by County Health Officer. ... (more)

  • Refinance to Save $3.2 Million

    The refinance of the State Revolving Fund Loan has been successfully completed and will lower annual payments by approximately $290,000 per year for the next 11-years, saving over $3.2 million. ... (more)

  • Top Credit Rating

    New "AAA" credit rating for Novato Sanitary District expected to save the District $3 million ... (more)

  • Reducing Food Waste

    Did you know you can save money, help the planet and help others by reducing food waste? Visit our green pages for information on how you can join Novato Sanitary District in its goal to achieve zero food waste ... (more)

  • Novato Sanitary District is Pleased to Report on Numerous Recent Awards for Service Excellence.

    This year, Novato Sanitary District received numerous awards for excellence in the areas of treatment plant performance, financial reporting, wastewater collection system performance, and laboratory testing quality. ... (more)

  • Sewer Service Charges

    Novato Sanitary District continues to provide safe, quality sanitary service that protects public health and the environment with one of the most cost-effective rate structures in the area. See our rate and finance page for details ... (more)

  • Household Hazardous Waste

    Wondering how to dispose of old fluorescent bulbs? Fluorescent tubes and compact bulbs contain toxic mercury vapor and should never be thrown in the trash, instead wrap them carefully to avoid breakage and bring them to the Household Hazardous Waste facility for safe disposal ... (more)

  • Be Safe: Dispose of Sharps and Old Medications Properly

    Novato Sanitary District, in partnership with the Novato Police Department, encourages you to safely dispose of all unwanted medications. Drugs that are flushed down the drain can pollute our marine environment ... (more)

  • Recycle Your Used Motor Oil and Filters

    Motor oil poured onto the ground, into storm drains, or tossed into trash cans can contaminate and pollute the soil, groundwater, streams, and rivers (and it's illegal!) When you take your used oil to a certified recycling center you are protecting the environment, conserving a natural resource and getting paid for it. ... (more)

  • District Preparedness on PG&E Public Safety Power Shutdown (PSPS)

    In the event the Power Shutoff affects the Novato area, the Novato Sanitary District will coordinate its response with our local partner agencies (primarily the North Marin Water District and the Novato Fire District), the Novato area and Marin County Office of Emergency Services (OES); and the State OES through the California Utilities Emergency Association (CUEA).

    We generally anticipate no interruption to our service in the event of a Power Shutoff. Our main treatment plant and major sewage pump stations all have diesel or gas back-up generators, and our smaller sewage lift stations can be powered by our mobile diesel generator fleet to assure reliable wastewater services through a Power Shutoff.

    Updates on this website. During a Power Shutoff, updates on our service levels will be posted to this website as needed.

    For information on trash/greenwaste/recycling services during a Power Shutoff, please contact your solid waste hauler, Recology Sonoma Marin at 1-800-243-0291, or visit their website:

    Additional Information from PG&E. Also, in case of a Public Safety Power Shutoff or any type of power outage, PG&E has some helpful information which can be found on their website:

  • Mandatory Commercial Recycling for Businesses & Multi-Family Dwellings

    Beginning July 1, 2012, all businesses and public entities in the State of California that generate four cubic yards or more of waste per week and multi-family units of five or more are required to recycle. ... (more)

  • District Strategic Plan Available.

    Download the District's highest level planning document, outlining the Board of Director's direction for the future, and staff's work plan for implementing it ... (more)

  • Follow our Board Meetings and Provide Your Input

    Regular Board meetings are schedule for the second Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. and are open to the public ... (more)

  • Get Rid of Your Old Electronics

    North Bay Conservation Corps offers free pick-ups of E-Waste. Call them at 415-454-4554 to schedule a pick up.

Board and Committee Meetings

Board Meetings are currently held on the 2nd Monday of every month at 5:30 pm, at our office: 500 Davidson St. and are open to the public.

Regular Board Meeting via Zoom
January 10, 2022, 5:30 pm

The current agenda is available here

An archive of current and past agendas, agenda packets and minutes is available here.

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Novato Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Appointments

Safely dispose of paint, motor oil, household cleaners, small electronics, and other hazardous waste. Due to COVID-19 drop-offs are accepted by appointment only and must be made 24 hours in advance of your visit. Learn more and make an appointment on the HHW Disposal Resources page.

Lateral Replacement Grant

You May Qualify for a $2,000 Grant to Replace Your Lateral. More information here.

Learn why you should never flush wipes, paper towels or anything but TP.

Click here to learn more.

How to Recycle and Reuse Almost Anything

Visit Our Comprehensive Guide to Recycling and Reusing. Click here.

The District Supports Birds and Preserves Open Space While Saving Funds.

Learn how, click here.

  • Don't flush any wipes or paper products (photo of toilet paper) BUTT THIS ONE!
  • Did you know fluorescent bulbs are toxic? Don't just trash them, take them to a Novato recycling center near you!
  • Hey Novato put toxic waste in its place! Improper disposal can endanger the health of your family, the community and the environment.
  • Dispose of old medications and sharps safely. Keep pets, kids and the environment safe.
  • Facebook? Yep, we're there! Join in the conversation about recycling, reducing and reusing in Novato.
  • Recycle your used motor oil and filters. Used oil from a single oil change can pollute a million gallons of water!
  • New business and multi-family recycling rules - we can help. Recycling is good for business, the environment & saves money.
  • Call right away if you spot a sewer overflow...even a very small leak - (415) 892-1694 - we respond 24/7 to protect health and the environment.