Garbage & Recycling

The City of Modesto pioneered curbside recycling in 1972! The "2 Can" recycling program allows the entire community to participate in recycling and has helped Modesto meet state requirements by cutting the city’s waste stream in half. With your help, Modesto will continue to move forward towards new and bigger recycling goals!
  1. B Green With Boyett Petroleum

    Want to know how to help the environment and the City's Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department at the same time? Recycle! Boyett Petroleum will match all funds collected from recycling through their "B Green" program and donate them to Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department programs.

  2. Black Can / Garbage & Trash

    The City of Modesto uses a "Two Can" garbage program. The black can is for household garbage and non-organic materials such as plastic packaging, diapers, animal waste, etc. The material is sent to a Waste-to-Energy facility and is burned to make electricity.

  3. Bulky Item Pick Up

    Residential garbage service customers may have 2 bulky item pick-ups per calendar year. Residents must contact their garbage company to set up a collection appointment. Items should be placed out the evening before the scheduled collection day.

  4. Business Recycling

    The City of Modesto provides several recycling services and programs for businesses in the community.

  5. Buy-Back Centers / CRV

    Residents can recycle products by taking them to any Buy-Back Center in the area.

  6. Composting

    The City of Modesto first implemented its integrated composting program in 1997. The program includes collecting and processing residential yard waste material from the green cans and pruned refuse from the street collection program.

  7. Green Can / Organic Waste Program

    The green can/organic waste recycling program includes the collection of most residential organic materials, including yard waste, food waste, paper and cardboard products. This program has the potential to capture 70% of all residential waste with no additional cans or trucks needed! Please do your part to help the city of Modesto reach this goal. In previous years residents recycled approximately 43,000 tons of organic waste, or 43% of the total tons of residential waste generated. The material is made into compost and made available to the community.

  8. Habitat for Humanity's - Restore

    Reuse is the best form of recycling! Learn how you can give your construction items a second chance via the Habitat for Humanity's ReStore.

  9. Household Hazardous Waste

    Modesto residents can dispose of many different household hazardous waste and e-waste products at the City-County Household Hazardous Waste Facility. Disposal is free for all Stanislaus County residents.

  10. Modesto Garbage Companies

    The City of Modesto contracts with Gilton Solid Waste Management and Bertolotti Disposal Service for all garbage and recycling collection services. Each company has an exclusive service area as deemed by the Modesto City Council, thus your garbage company is determined by which street you live on.

  11. Phone Book Recycling

    Residents and businesses can go green by recycling old phone books in specially marked collection bins once a year.

  12. Recycling Events

    There are many events and award opportunities available throughout the year.

  13. Recycling Trailer

    The City of Modesto’s has free custom made recycling trailers designed to recycle cardboard and beverage containers in the form of plastic, cans and bottles. Each trailer has an overall capacity of 14 cubic yards or 4.5 cubic yards per compartment.

  14. School Recycling Programs

    The Solid Waste Management Office works closely with school districts, teachers and students to educate youth about environmental issues and provide important recycling services to the community as well as the schools.

  15. Street Sweeping

    City of Modesto streets are swept once per month within 48 hours of the collection of your large yard trimmings.

  16. Used Oil Recycling

    The City of Modesto has a variety of quick and convenient ways to recycle your used motor oil. The Residential Collection Program will pick it up from your home, Certified Collection Centers located throughout the city will pay you for every gallon you recycle, and the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility accepts used oil and many other household hazardous products.

  17. Waste Tire Recycling

    Waste tires that are stockpiled in backyards and garages provide natural breeding grounds for insects, rodents and disease carrying mosquitoes. They also create a fire hazard which results in real danger to residents and rescue workers. Don't let waste tires pile up, please dispose of them properly.