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.
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.