Tours - Recology Sonoma Marin
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Welcome to Recology Sonoma Marin’s new Materials Recovery Facility (MRF)!

This 85,000 square foot facility is where many of the blue recycling bin materials from 13 communities in Sonoma and Marin Counties are sorted and processed. Inside the new facility, recyclables are separated by revolutionary equipment like optical sorters that help us remove contaminants before they’re hand-sorted by our team of recycling sorters. The facility processes around 400 tons of materials every day and has predicted a recovery rate of 85 percent for materials collected.

Know Before You Go

Want to see it for yourself? We’d love to give you a tour to show you what happens to your recyclables after our trucks collect them. Tours are typically conducted in the earlier part of the day M-F, while the sort lines are running.

A few important details:

Please note that this is a working industrial facility with potential hazards, and your safety is our top priority. Please wear closed-toe sturdy shoes, and we will provide safety vests and hard hats upon arrival. It is important that you are able to walk up/down multiple stairs unassisted and stand/walk for at least 90 minutes.  For large groups (tour groups are approximately a maximum of 10-12 people), please contact to book a private tour.

PACEMAKER WARNING: There is a strong magnet on the tour path that may affect pacemakers. It is critical that you inform us if you have a pacemaker.  

Pick a Tour Date

UPDATE 4/12/2024: We have received an incredible response to our new MRF tours, and we are so honored to receive this interest! For the remainder of April and all of May, we have over 25+ tours scheduled. When you click the above button to pick a tour date, there may be limited dates to select from since most are fully booked. However, we are doing our best to respond to this influx, and we greatly appreciate your patience. Please continue to check the website as we add more tour dates.


Recent Press

Interested in learning more about the facility? Check out recent press:

Recology opens $35M advanced recycling center in Santa Rosa, KTVU, FOX2, Jan. 25, 2024

Recology to open new California MRF, Recycling Today magazine, Jan. 26, 2024

New $35 million Santa Rosa recycling facility claims 166 percent increase in trash sorting rate, North Bay Business Journal / Press Democrat, Jan. 26, 2024

Revolutioning Recycling? Recology’s new high-tech facility in Santa Rosa, The Sonoma County Gazette, Jan. 26, 2024

Recology to open new California MRF, Waste Today magazine, Jan. 26, 2024

Recology opens new $35M recycling facility in Santa Rosa,, Jan. 26, 2024

Human hands help at new Recology recycling facility, Bay City News,, Jan. 26, 2024