photo by Andrew Kearns

New Cleanup Scheduled

Please join Clean Mill Valley volunteers on Friday, March 23rd, to pick up litter along Camino Alto. We will meet at 9:00am in front of Starbucks (next to Safeway) at 45 Camino Alto in Mill Valley. Watch for our sign. Please bring garden gloves and wear sturdy shoes. We will provide pickers, trash bags and safety vests. Adults only please. We look forward to seeing you. We will cancel if it rains.

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Note: Change of Venue for Clean Mill Valley Meetings!

Clean Mill Valley will continue to meet on the second thursday of most months, but have changed the venue to be convenient for more attendees. Join us at 7:00pm at the Mill Valley Community Center in the Tamalpais Room beginning April 12th. We don’t meet in July, August or December although many of our activities continue during that time. We will send out emails to our list when we plan to meet, in addition to posting it on our website. If you want to be notified of upcoming meetings click here.

Note: we will only use your email to notify you of Clean Mill Valley meetings and events.

Reporting From the Summit

Joan Murray reports on the January 31st Clean Marin Action Teams Meeting

On Wednesday, January 31st, we had our first large followup meeting to the Trash Summit held on November 1st, 2017. Individuals and independent groups have continued to work on their own litter activities, so much work has been done in the interim. The followup meeting was held in the Marin County Supervisors’ chambers and was led by the team at the Marin County Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program (MCSTPPP).

Action Team Goals Promoted at the Meeting:

• Designate one Saturday a month for county-wide cleanups to be posted at as well as other websites and will be led by alternating litter leaders in our communities.

• Expanding “Clean” programs to include representation from every municipality in Marin

• Advocate for support and assistance from local public works’ or parks’ organizations

• Develop bilingual signage for trash receptacles

• Focus on trash hot spots as well as parks and playgrounds

• Engage schools and educate via cleanup events

• Engage the homeless to be part of the solution

• Use social media to recruit for cleanup events and recruit outdoor education groups

Some of these goals overlap with those of the other groups so the next step will be to focus on what the Volunteer Cleanup Group can do and what it will take to achieve those goals. For those of you who are interested, please contact me at and I will contact you when we have a date and time to get together. We can solidify those goals on February 28th when we meet with the other groups.

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I want to thank Chris Brokate from Clean River Alliance, who protects the Russian River Watershed, for attending our gathering on January 31st. He leads a huge group of litter removers, including many homeless volunteers. We look forward to partnering with him in the future. Also a special thank you to Rob Carson, Angela Clapp and Howard Bunce for their organization and leadership to address litter prevention and its removal. Thanks also to Ann Bauer, Volunteer Coordinator for the City of San Rafael, and Kirk Schroeder, Volunteer Coordinator for Marin County Parks, for helping to lead the Volunteer Group Action Team session where we worked to develop a strategic plan for “Clean” volunteer groups in Marin.

Welcome to
Adopt A Spot!

Some of our members have already adopted spots where they regularly pick up litter. We are seeing good results, but we need more hands! We are encouraging people to pitch in and adopt a section of a street in their neighborhood, an area of a favorite Step, Lane or Path, or an unsightly corner at a bus stop. We hope our combined efforts will help keep our town, its creeks, marshes and Bay clean.

If you have any questions or would like to pitch in and adopt a spot to clean up, please contact Jill at This will help us to coordinate our efforts and spread the word about Adopt A Spot!

Adopt A Spot logo design by Mary Osborn
Photo by Jim Stephenson

Tam High Delivers an Important Message!

Anyone driving, walking or riding past Tam High when its dark can read the school’s electronic sign about littering being a social disease. That spot near Miller Avenue and Camino Alto is a strong magnet for litter and debris which winds up in our marsh and in the bay. We hope that others heed the message.

Rockin' the Decal!

Mill Valley Refuse Service partners with Clean Mill Valley!

Pictured on the right are Jim Iavarone, co-owner of Mill Valley Refuse Service, Mill Valley resident Jose Cacho, Jr., crew member of the Mill Valley Refuse Service team, and Jill Young, co-director of Clean Mill Valley. Note the Clean Mill Valley decal on the windshield of the Mill Valley Refuse Service Truck. They are on every one of the garbage company trucks as a statement of our partnership with them to Keep Mill Valley Clean. Thanks guys!

Photo by Jim Stephenson.
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