About Us

Mission

Our mission is to turn waste into resources in the most cost effective and environmentally
sound manner to benefit the community.

In 2014, the MRWMD Board of Directors adopted five “Pillars of Sustainability” to guide MRWMD’s strategic initiatives with a focus on People, Finance, Environment, Community and Innovation.

Service Area

The District covers a total of 853 square miles, including the cities of Carmel-by-the-Sea, Del Rey Oaks, Marina,  Monterey, Pacific Grove, Sand City, Seaside, and the unincorporated areas of Big Sur, Carmel Highlands, Carmel Valley, Castroville, Corral De Tierra, Laguna Seca, Moss Landing, Pebble Beach, San Benancio, and Toro Park. The population currently served is approximately 170,000 (see map).

District Facilities

The District’s facilities are located on its 475-acre property, 2 miles north of Marina, at the Monterey Regional Environmental Park, 14201 Del Monte Blvd. The property consists of a 315-acre permitted sanitary landfill site, a 126-acre buffer area (mostly Salinas River floodplain), 20 acres for the resource recovery facilities , a 12 acre Community Franchise Collection Facility, administrative offices, and maintenance buildings.

Don Chapin Company and Keith Day Company each lease District property for recycling operations including concrete recycling and yard trimmings composting.

Municipal  Service Review

Since 1951 – Turning Waste Into Resources

More than 100 years ago waste from the Monterey Peninsula was routinely dumped into the ocean. Several decades later a private dump operated on the coastal area of what is now Sand City. City leaders knew there had to be a better way to manage refuse. In 1951, the Monterey County Board of Supervisors established the Monterey Peninsula Garbage and Refuse Disposal District, now known as the MRWMD (see enabling legislation California Public Resources Code). The first order of business was to find a suitable location for a sanitary landfill to replace the old “dumps” then in operation.

We are fortunate our first Board had the foresight to purchase the large piece of property we occupy today. The Monterey Peninsula Landfill opened in 1965 and over the years we have added programs to reduce, reuse and recycle. From our early cardboard recycling in 1953, the first production of electricity from landfill gas in 1983, the establishment of the Last Chance Mercantile in 1991, to our Materials Recovery Facility that came on-line in 1996, the integrated facilities we operate today embody our mission of “turning waste into resources”.

Over the years, the District has won numerous awards including being recognized in 1998 as the Best Solid Waste System in North America and in 2016 the California Resource Recovery Association recognized the District with a Zero Waste Achievement Award.

Felipe Melchor
General Manager
fmelchor@mrwmd.org
831-264-6915

Guy R. Petraborg, P.E., G.E.
Principal Engineer
gpetraborg@mrwmd.org
831-264-6385

Jay Ramos
Director of Operations
jramos@mrwmd.org
831-264-6373

Zoë Shoats
Director of  Communications
zshoats@mrwmd.org
831-264-6390

Helen Rodriguez
Director of Finance & Administration
hrodriguez@mrwmd.org
831-264-6906

Berta Torres
Human Resources Manager
btorres@mrwmd.org
831-264-6376

Loreana Medina 
Safety Manager
lmedina@mrwmd.org
831.264.6909

Garth Gregson
Accounting Manager
ggregson@mrwmd.org
831-264-5526

Efrain Lopez
Maintenance Manager
elopez@mrwmd.org
831- 264-6381

Scott Messier
Site Operations Manager
smessier@mrwmd.org
 831-264-2921

David Ramirez P.E.
Senior Engineer
dramirez@mrwmd.org
 831-264-6910

Kristin O’Hara
Communications and Public Education Manager
kohara@mrwmd.org
831- 264-6382

MRWMD Support Staff/ Department Contacts

(All contacts are reachable through the main MRWMD phone number, 831-384-5313)

Accounting
Giselle Koktapeh
Assistant Manager
831-264-6378
gkoktapeh@mrwmd.org

Administrative Services (Board Business)
Ida Gonzales
Administrative Support Specialist II/Interim Board Clerk
831-264-6388
igonzales@mrwmd.org

Household Hazardous Waste Facility
Jimmy Perez
Household Hazardous Waste Supervisor
831-264-6386

Human Resources
Jessica Dakis
Human Resources Assistant
831-264-6387
Email Jessica Dakis

Landfill Gas to Energy Program
Gilberto Najera
Power Systems Supervisor
831-264-6383
gnajera@mrwmd.org

Materials Recovery Facility
David Saucedo
MRF Manager
831-264-6375
dsaucedo@mrwmd.org

Public Education & Communications
PE&O Staff
831-264-6391
kohara@mrwmd.org

Site / Landfill Administration
Regina Santa Cruz
Operations Support Specialist
831-264-6905
rsantacruz@mrwmd.org

Scales
Jessica Arreola
Senior Weighmaster
831-264-6389
jarreola@mrwmd.org

 

LANDFILL & MATERIALS RECOVERY FACILITY & YARD WASTE DISPOSAL

Monday – Friday
7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

831-384-5313

LAST CHANCE MERCANTILE

 

Tuesday-Saturday
9 a.m.-4 pm.
Under the operation of and benefiting Veterans Transition Center of California
831-264-6900
For Donation Acceptance
Check: www.mrwmd.org/last-chance-mercantile

HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE & Electronics Recycling Collection

Monday – Saturday
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Closed Sundays

831-264-6386

CRV Bottles & Cans – Buy Back Center
Closed Permanently

For Buy Back Locations:
Visit CalRecycle’s Beverage Container Program
www2.calrecycle.ca.gov/
BevContainer/RecyclingCenters

BULK LANDSCAPE PRODUCTS SALES
Compost, Woodchips, Soils and more, sold by the Keith Day Co.
Available on MRWMD site.
Turn right at 4-way stop.
Follow signs to KDC sales office.

Monday-Friday
7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
831-970-0486

ADMINISTRATION 

Monday – Friday
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
831-384-5313

Accounting Department
Monday – Friday
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
For assistance: 831-264-6901 or
ap@mrwmd.org

Holiday Schedule

Directions To The MRWMD Facilities At 14201 Del Monte Blvd., Marina

From Hwy. 1 take the Del Monte Blvd. Exit (Exit 412), 2 miles north of Marina. Cross the railroad tracks and turn left into the Monterey Regional Environmental Park. Proceed to the stop sign and follow the directional arrows to the Scales, Recycling Drop-Off, or the Last Chance Mercantile/HHW Building.

The MRWMD staff takes pride in serving the public and is available to assist you. You may contact staff directly or email us. Please note, we are the processor north of Marina, not the hauler that empties your garbage containers. You can find your curbside hauler’s contact information here.

MRWMD Main Line
831-384-5313

Landfill Disposal Site
831-384-5313

Last Chance Mercantile
831-264-6900

Buy Back Center
831-264-6900

Household Hazardous Waste Collection
831-264-6386

Engineering Department
831-264-6910 

Administrative Support
831-264-6388

Human Resources
831-264-6914

Clerk of the Board
831-264-6913

Board and Staff Contacts
Board of Directors / Jurisdictions
Management Staff
Public Contact Form

HOURS, LOCATION, CONTACTS 

What are your hours?

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

Office Hours
Monday- Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
For other facility hours see our Hours and Directions page.

Where are you located?

The Monterey Peninsula Landfill and Resource Recovery Facilities are located at
14201 Del Monte Blvd., Marina, CA 93933
(Exit #412 off of Hwy. 1/ 2 miles North of the City of Marina)
Directions
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1670, Marina CA 93933

Contacts
Phone: 831-384-5313
For Additional Contacts See: Contact Us

DISPOSAL & FEES

What are your disposal fees?

The basic fee for mixed solid waste is $62 per ton with a $20 minimum charge. See the Disposal Fee Brochure for other material fees.

Can anyone bring material in for disposal?

Yes, excluding material considered household hazardous waste.
The MRWMD Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Program serves residents and businesses who are within the MRWMD service area including: cities of Carmel-by-the-Sea, Del Rey Oaks, Marina, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Sand City, Seaside, and the unincorporated areas of Big Sur, Carmel Highlands, Carmel Valley, Castroville, Corral De Tierra, Laguna Seca, Moss Landing, Pebble Beach, San Benancio, and Toro Park.

Those outside of the MRWMD service area can contact their service provider for information on proper disposal. (For those living in Salinas and Salinas Valley contact Salinas Valley Solid Waste Authority at (831) 775-3000.)

I have an item to dispose of that I don’t see on your disposal fee, how do I learn if you will accept it?

Check our Disposal Fee Brochure, it includes items accepted and cost. If you still have questions call us for more information at 831-384-5313 ext. 6389

Can I bring my household products for disposal?

Residents within the District service area* may bring household hazardous waste (HHW) for proper disposal, free of charge into our Househould Hazardous Waste Collection Facility. HHW includes household batteries, paint, pesticides, motor oil, car batteries, pool chemicals, CFL bulbs, aerosols, acids, fuels, and caustics. California law prohibits the disposal of HHW in the trash.  See our Household Hazardous Waste Brochure for more information.

 How do I prepare my loads?

All loads need to be safely secured and properly tarped; it’s the law, per California Vehicle Code #23114. Avoid FINES up to $1,000 and extra fees at the landfill.

For efficiency, if you are bringing reusables, recyclables and waste items together, it is recommended to load your material, so that you can deliver your reuseables and recyclables  to the respective areas on the site before going through the scales with your waste items.

RECYCLING SERVICES 

What can I recycle at MRWMD?

You can “recycle” many different materials at MRWMD including the following:

  • Beverage bottles and cans with California Redemption Value
    (We pay you at our Buy Back Center at the Last Chance Mercantile.)
  • Clean Paper & Cardboard, Plastics, Metals and Containers #1-#5 at the free recycling drop off area*. Note: Appliances must be taken to the scales for processing.
  • Electronics (Behind the Last Chance Mercantile)
  • Greenwaste(Landscape Trimmings), Scrap Lumber, Drywall, Concrete, Asphalt, Food Scraps and more. These materials would be brought to our scales. See the Disposal Fee Brochure for the reduced fees for the recycling of these materials.

 Where do I donate my reusables?

We appreciate your donations of reusable items from clothes, housewares, furniture, building materials, and more. We accept donations Monday through Saturday , between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the Last Chance Mercantile donation tent behind the store.

I have a resturant and would like to compost our foodscraps, how do I begin?

We invite you to visit www.organicstoenergy.org website to learn more about the commercial foodscrap compost program. Generally the first step is to contact your waste and recycling hauler (e.g. Waste Management, GreenWaste Recovery and Monterey City Disposal) to learn more about their specific services.

THE LAST CHANCE MERCANTILE – REUSE STORE

What is the Last Chance Mercantile
 (LCM)?
The LCM is our reuse store. We sell useable items, which have been recovered from the incoming waste stream, or which have been donated. Shoppers find an ever changing inventory of interesting wares and materials. It is one of the favorite places to shop on the Peninsula. At the LCM, you will also find a CRV bottle and can Buy Back Center, Electronics Recycling Drop Off, Compost and Landscape supplies.

Like the LCM’s Facebook page, and be updated of the most interesting items that become available.

LANDSCAPE & COMPOST PRODUCTS 

What kind of products do you have?

We sell finished OMRI certified organic compost, wood chips made from recycled lumber, top soil and potting soil. You can buy these products in bulk (by the ton) at the MRWMD Scales or by the self serve bag at the Last Chance Mercantile. You can also purchase aggregates, rock and sand from Don Chapin Company located at our site, M-F only. Contact them for more information. At 831-776-6119.

Do you carry compost bins and supplies?

We carry home composting supplies including a backyard bin (The Soil Saver) and a worm composting bin (The Wriggley Ranch). We also make available a food scrap collection container, compost thermometers, a worm composting book and “how to” guides. We offer free compost workshops through out the year too.

RESIDENTIAL & BUSINESS GARBAGE & RECYCLING SERVICES

Who do I call if I have a question about my trash or recycle collection?

You will want to contact your service provider directly. See our contacts page for contact information. If you have more specific questions about California’s mandatory commercial recycling (AB341), construction and demolition recycling (CalGreen) or organics recycling (AB1826) requirements you can contact us and/or learn more at www.CalRecycle.gov

We have a food service business and want to compost our food scraps. What do we do

We invite you to visit www.organicstoenergy.org website to learn more about the commercial foodscrap compost program. Generally the first step is to contact your waste and recycling hauler (e.g. Waste Management, GreenWaste Recovery and Monterey City Disposal) to learn more about their specific services.

WORKSHOPS, PRESENTATIONS, & TOURS

Do you provide tours
? Yes, we provide tours to student groups, the public and professional groups. Please see our Education and Media page  or contact our Public Education and outreach staff at (831)-264-6391 to learn more.

How do I register for a compost or other workshop?

You can register on-line at  Upcoming Events

Do you provide presentations to community groups and student groups?

Yes, our staff provides presentations and information on topics such as recycling, composting and of course our agency and programs and services. We will taylor the topic to your group or event.

BUSINESS, ADMINISTRATION, & BOARD

Are you a public agency?

Do you have a Board? Yes, we have a nine-member MRWMD Board which includes a representative from each of the municipalities within the District boundaries, one to represent unincorporated Monterey County within the District, and a “director-at-large” representing the Pebble Beach Community Services District. The public is welcome to attend the MRWMD Board board meetings (see calendar) .

Who represents me?
An official is appointed from your jurisdiction to represent you.
Please see our Board of Directors page to learn who your current representative is.

Who do we contact if we have questions about your agency?

You can contact our Administrative staff at 831-264-6388 and will be referred to the appropriate staff.

WORKING FOR THE MONTEREY REGIONAL WASTE MANAGEMENT DISTRICT

I am interested in working for MRWMD, where do I find more information about job openings and positions? Please visit our Human Resources Page  for job postings, descriptions and applications.

Links

Staff Contacts

Administrative Office Hours
M-F, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
831-384-5313