Sonoma County Materials Exchange Program, new website

Received by email today!   I have tried this site and it is just great.  Please consider taking a look.


Dear SonoMax interested parties:

Since you have expressed prior interest in SonoMax (Sonoma County Materials Exchange Program), you have been selected to test our new web site To meet your needs for a more robust program where you can post AVAILABLE and WANTED ads for your discards, we have worked at creating a web site that has user friendly features similar to and Printed quarterly SonoMax newsletters and the old web site have been discontinued. Before we officially launch this web site, we need your valuable feedback. Please visit the site, register and place an AVAILABLE or WANTED ad. Use MySonoMax to manage your ads. Your comments will be compiled and every attempt will be made to make the changes you request. When providing feedback, please include the browser name and version you used to view the site and email your comments to or call 707-565-3668. Thank you for helping to make SonoMax a useful program! Sincerely, Karina Chilcott SonoMax program manager *************************************************************************** About SonoMax: SonoMax (Sonoma County’s Materials Exchange) is a free online resource where you can find or discard of items. It demonstrates the idea that one person’s trash is another’s treasure. Simply log onto the SonoMax web site and create a wanted or available listing. You can find everything from packaging peanuts, plastic buckets to pallets. SonoMax is a waste diversion program of the Sonoma County Waste Management Agency. *************************************************************************** Karina Chilcott Sonoma County Waste Management Agency 2300 County Center Drive, Ste. B-100 Santa Rosa, CA 95403 tel. 707.565.3668 fax 707.565.3701

Need to Recycle Computers, Electronics, or Small Appliances?

I LOVE recycling. Taking something which is used up and turning it into something else is a fine thing.

What I LOVE more is redistribution. Collecting unwanted items and redistributing those items to people who want them; that is the best kind of recycling.

So, when I hear about nearby folks doing just that, I have to spread the word!

The non-profit Marin Computer Resource Center (a licensed ewaste collector) accepts ANY office or household electronics for FREE. Items are tested, refurbished and distributed to schools, libraries, non-profits, and the disadvantaged.

Donations are tax deductible.

If you need help wiping your hard drive before donating your computer, they will wipe it for you for a $10 fee. If you want your items picked up, they will bring their cargo van to your location for a $100 fee.

From their website:

We give old computers new life by placing refurbished products with local non-profit organizations, schools, libraries, victims of fire and tragedy, and low-income and disabled households. Our volunteer technicians produce computers every week from your donations, to help organizations and families that would not otherwise have the means to obtain this technology.

Marin Computer Resource Center
A Non-Profit 501(c)3 Corporation

60 Leveroni Court
Suite 200B
Novato, CA 94949
415-883-1428 | Email:

More from their site:

Your tax deductible equipment donations help us to provide no cost refurbished equipment to schools, non-profits, and the disadvantaged in Marin County. We are in constant need of supplies, equipment, and services. If you have something we need and would like to help, please let us know.

Volunteers come to us from all walks of life to apply for hands-on experience with building and testing computers, monitors and printers that they would not ordinarily have access to. People who are working off Community Service hours also apply at MCRC to help support our organization while we support our community.

What do we do with the stuff we can’t bring back to life? We recycle it! All unusable material is shipped to our sister facility in Berkeley, and then broken down to component parts and channeled to the appropriate recycler.

Please come in and drop off your electronic equipment at the Marin Computer Resource Center, and know that you are a part of what we do.

Recycled durable medical equipment? Yes! A service here in Sonoma County.

Yesterday I had a joyful ride over to Petaluma to conduct a bit of business. The drive was so amazing as the sky was bright blue and the hills were a lush green. I love the weather this time of year!

While in Petaluma, I met Marshi Russell (707-695-0861) and learned about Home CARES. Home CARES (Collection And Redistribution of Equipment and Supplies) is a nonprofit program that collects durable medical equipment and gives it to individuals in need.

Examples include:

  • Walkers
  • Canes
  • Crutches
  • Wheelchairs
  • Bath Equipment
  • Hospital Beds
  • Blood Pressure Kits
  • Grabbers
  • Bed Pads
  • Wedge Pillows
  • Diapers
  • Dressings
  • Bandages
  • Liquid Nutrition
  • Oxygen Supplies
  • and more

Home CARES accepts tax deductible donations of these items and distributes them to those in need at no charge.

If you have items to donate or could use items like those listed above, contact (Sonoma County) Marshi Russell 707-695-0861 or Max Decker 707-763-2172 or visit the Home CARES location at 3100 Kerner Blvd, San Rafael, CA 415-388-8198. If needed, delivery can usually be arranged.

I am really big on redistribution of goods and keeping items out of landfills. I used to gather newspapers, cans, and bottles from the neighbors and recycle them to earn pocket money as a teenager. Yet, this program goes beyond helping the environment. This program helps with quality of life.

If you have durable medical equipment that you are not using, please consider passing it along to Home CARES. Give another the gift of increased mobility and comfort!