As a new immigrant from Italy, Joe Garbarino’s father and uncle formed the first Scavengers Protective Association in 1920. Hauling garbage in giant burlap bags on his back over the steep hills of San Francisco, John Garbarino quickly learned that people threw away more than they should, and most of it could be reused. He soon began scouring for wine bottles, eyeglasses and shoes and reselling them.
MSS began in 1948 when together the families Garbarino, Segale, Zappetini, Marconi and Zanotti left San Francisco and ventured into the growing communities of Marin County to start a new garbage service. MSS currently services more than 33,000 residential and commercial accounts.
There are now three generations of Garbarinos working at Marin Sanitary. The family continues to be invested in resource conservation through waste reduction education and comprehensive recycling and organics programs. The business has grown and expanded into three separate divisions in order to address every facet of waste management and recycling.