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

How Businesses Can Help Prevent Pollution

All businesses can help reduce air and water pollution by recycling their fluorescent lamps, office paper, and cardboard. More specific pollution prevention practices for particular businesses are available from the Novato Sanitary District Pollution Prevention Specialist.

More information regarding specific waste minimization practices is available in this publication on the California State Agency's website:

Small Business Hotline. If you are a small business that generates hazardous waste and you want information about how to dispose of it properly call (415) 892-6395.

Also check out the Business hazardous waste collection program brochure

Pollution Prevention Events for Residents and Businesses

The Novato Sanitary District conducts extensive public outreach to spread the word about the value of pollution prevention to protect the environment. Here are some examples:

For Residents

  • Wetlands Days – The District assists the Sewage Agency of Southern Marin in the staging of the annual Wetlands Days, which is very popular and highly educational.
  • Pharmaceutical Take-Back – The District regularly educates the public about the proper disposal of unused pharmaceuticals and facilitates the proper disposal. Support is given to the Marin County Environmental Health Pharmaceutical Take-Back Program, including financial contributions.
  • Outreach Booths – Public education is provided at booths staffed by District personnel at many community events, including: the Marin County Fair, Farmers Markets in San Rafael and Novato, Fairfax Ecofest, Earth Day Farmers Markets, Pollution Prevention Farmers Markets, Marin County Home Show, Novato Business Showcase, Senior Information Fair, and the North Bay Watershed Association Annual Conference (This event is held every even-numbered year).

For Businesses

  • Mercury Collection – Ongoing programs are conducted to encourage and facilitate the collection of batteries and fluorescent tubes. Upcoming programs will focus on additional efforts to collect products containing mercury.
  • Copper Outreach – Steps are taken to identify sources of copper pollution, including school audits and presentations, to provide public education about pool and spa chemicals and to facilitate e-waste collection.


For more information about the time and details of these pollution prevention events, please call the District office at (415) 892-1694