Green Waste Collection

The City of Modesto offers residents two options for disposing of green waste during the months of January through November:*
  1. The 1st option is for small items, such as grass clippings and weeds which should be placed in your green yard waste can.
  2. The 2nd option is for larger green waste such as tree trimmings. To properly dispose of these larger wood trimmings, follow the guidelines below and the schedule for collection.
Green waste collection crews work through the City each week according to the newly designated service areas as indicated on the map (PDF):
  • The 1st week of the month will be Area A (pink)
  • The 2nd week of the month will be Area B (yellow)
  • The 3rd week of the month will be Area C (green)
  • The 4th week of the month will be Area D (blue)
Note: it may take up to 1 week to collect green waste in your area.

Street Collection


  • Area A (pink) - Place your large green waste out between the Friday and Sunday before the first Monday of each month.
  • Area B (yellow) - Place your large green waste out between the Friday and Sunday before the second Monday of each month.
  • Area C (green) - Place your large green waste out between the Friday and Sunday before the third Monday of each month.
  • Area D (blue) - Place your large green waste out between the Friday and Sunday before the fourth Monday of each month.
Trimmings should be placed at the curb in front of your property, should not extend more than 3 feet into the street and must be at least 1 foot from the foot of the curb. Where curbs do not exist, trimmings should be placed one foot from the point of low drainage.

Alley Collection


  • Area A (pink) and Area B (yellow) - Place your large green waste out between the Friday and Sunday before the first Monday of each month.
  • Area C (green) and Area D (blue) - Place your large green waste out between the Friday and Sunday before the third Monday of each month.
Trimmings should be placed in the alley behind your property, should not extend more than three feet into the alley and must be at least one foot from the fence. Green waste trimmings should not be placed near sewer clean-outs, manholes, fire hydrants, drains or other utility fixtures.
 
*Note: Only leaves are picked up during the month of December. All leaves are picked up from the streets. There is no alley pick-up for leaves. For more information on the Green Waste Collection Program, contact the Green Waste Division at 209-577-5463.

Fines


Persons failing to follow the green waste guidelines are subject to a progressive fine structure with fines beginning at $100.

Please Note: Crews will not collect: tree stumps, household items, tires, plastic, bags, boxes, cardboard, trash, junk, dirt, rocks, concrete, sod, ground cover, building materials or scrap lumber. For information on where to dispose of these items, call the Solid Waste Division at 209-577-5494.