City of Modesto residents currently have a two-container system for Garbage and Organics.
Starting January 1, 2023 residents and businesses will receive a third Blue container for recycling to comply with the Senate Bill (SB) 1383 regulation.
About the Black Container
The black container is for household garbage and non-organic materials, for example: plastic packaging, diapers, and animal waste. The material is sent to a Waste-to-Energy facility and is burned to make electricity.
- Animal waste or litter box debris
- Bottles and cans: Please recycle CRV bottles and cans at a local buy-back center
- Flocked or treated holiday trees
- Household garbage or trash
- Plastic bags or packaging
- Polystyrene items
- Wood or lumber (small pieces only)
- Dirt, rocks, concrete or asphalt
- Furniture or large items
- Garbage cans over 100 lbs.
- Hazardous, toxic or e-waste
- Overfull cans - lids must be completely closed
- Yard waste of any kind
About the Green Container
The green container is for organic material. Organic material is food waste, paper waste, cardboard and small yard waste.
- Food Waste including meat, bones, dairy
- Brush, tree limbs less than four feet long and six inches in diameter
- Grass, leaves, and trimmings
- Food soiled paper and cardboard
- Paper products
- Napkins and paper towels
- Dirt, rocks, concrete, or asphalt
- Materials over four feet long or six inches in diameter
- Plastic, metal, glass, or cloth
- Plastic bags or plastic lined bags
- Treated wood or lumber
- Animal waste, including feces or litter
- Household or bathroom trash, diapers
- Hazardous, toxic or e-waste (light bulbs, batteries, chemicals, paint, computers, monitors, etc)
- Flocked, painted, or fireproofed Christmas trees
- Do not overfill to more than 100 pounds or that the lid will not close