Garbage & Recycling

Food & 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.

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Acceptable Food & Organic Waste Unacceptable Items
Table Scraps NO Household Garbage
Vegetable and Fruit Peelings NO Liquids
Meat, Bones and Fish NO Food Containers or Packaging
Egg Shells NO Foil
Solid Dairy Products NO Plastics
Coffee Grounds NO Kitty Litter
Breads and Toast NO Animal Feces
Paper Waste (napkins, towels, plates,
coffee filters, tea bags, etc.)
NO Recyclables
  • FOOD WASTE MAY BE WRAPPED IN PAPER BAGS OR NEWSPAPER
  • UNACCEPTABLE ITEMS MUST BE PLACED IN THE BLACK GARBAGE CAN
  • DO NOT BLOCK SIDEWALKS, FIRE HYDRANTS, GARBAGE CANS, ETC.
  • DUMPSTER CUSTOMERS ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR THIS PROGRAM
Compost Only bucket

For the convenience of a free counter top bucket, please contact your garbage company.

For more information on the Food Waste Compost Program, contact the Solid Waste Division at (209) 577-5494.

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