The City of Modesto pioneered curbside recycling in 1972! The "Two 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!
Click here to find out how
recycling can help the City of Modesto Parks, Recreation
and Neighborhoods Department's "Adopt A Park" program!
Download the complete Recycling Guide and learn about all of Modesto's garbage and recycling programs in one stop!
|History of Recycling in Modesto
|Recycling Guide (PDF)
|Disposal Option Chart (PDF)
|Solid Waste Collection Process
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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. For more information,
Bulky Item Collection
Residential garbage service customers may have two 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. For more information, click here.
The City of Modesto provides several recycling services and programs for businesses in the community. For
more information about the recycling opportunities available for your business, click here.
Residents can recycle products by taking them to any Buy-Back Center in the area. For more information,
Learn how to turn your own kitchen scraps and other organic waste into a rich soil amendment. The City of
Modesto partners with MJC Community Education to offer Backyard Composting Classes to local residents. The
classes are free for all Modesto residents. The fee for non-residents is $35. For more information,
The composting program includes collecting and processing residential yard waste and organic material from
the green cans and pruned refuse from the street collection program. The material is combined together to make
Modesto's own Mo-Gro-Pro, a clean green compost. The compost is sold back to the community in
1 cu. ft. bags or bulk quantities.
For more information on this program, click here.
Events and Award Opportunities
There are many events and award opportunities available throughout the year. For more information about the
Business Recycling Awards, City Council Open House at the Farmer's Market, Second Chance Week, Pollution Prevention
Week, America Recycles Day and Earth Day in the Park, click here.
Food and Organics Composting
The City of Modesto offers its residential garbage service customers a convenient way to dispose of food and organic
waste via the Yard Waste Program. Each household can separate their food and organic waste from their other household
garbage and place it in their green waste container for composting. For more information,
Green Can/Organic Waste Recycling
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 2009, 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. For more information, click here.
Habitat for Humanity's - Restore
REUSE is the best form of recycling! To see how you can give your construction items a second chance via the
Habitat for Humanity's ReStore, click here.
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. For more information,
School Recycling Programs
Staff works closely with school districts, teachers and students to educate youth about environmental issues
and recycling services available to the community as well as the schools. For more information about the school
programs and services available, click here.
Used Oil Recycling
There are three ways to recycle your used oil. The Residential Collection Program will pick up used oil 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. For more information, click here.
Waste Tire Recycling
City of Modesto residents can dispose of their waste tires for free at any of the scheduled Waste Tire
Recycling Events. The tires are recycled locally and made into many useful products. For more information,
Waste to Energy Facility
The Stanislaus Resource Recovery Facility is a key
component of the City of Modesto's and County of Stanislaus'
environmentally-sound solid waste management system. The facility disposes of at least 243,300 tons of solid waste
each year and generates up to 22.5 megawatts of electricity. For more information,
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