Garbage Containers

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 green can is for organic materials including yard waste, food waste, paper and cardboard products.

  1. Black Can / Garbage & Trash
  2. Green Can / Organic Recycling Program

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 Black Can "Cans"

  • Animal waste or litter box debris
  • Bottles and cans: Please recycle CRV bottles and cans at a local buy-back center
  • Diapers
  • Flocked or treated holiday trees
  • Household garbage or trash
  • Plastic bags or packaging
  • Polystyrene items
  • Wood or lumber (small pieces only)

The Black Can "Cant's"

  • 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

Collection Day

Residents must place their garbage cans out by 6 a.m. on their collection day. Ensure that your cans are collected quickly by following these tips:

  • Cans must be placed at least three feet from any obstruction such as mailboxes, cars, poles, etc. Please leave at least one foot of space between the cans.
  • Cans will be serviced on the same day, but not necessarily at the same time.
  • The lids must be closed. No excess garbage will be collected without prior arrangements with your service provider.
  • Neither can may exceed 100 pounds.
  • Place cans on the asphalt portions of the street, next to the curb. Do not block the sidewalk. If you have alley pickup, put both cans in the alley.
  • Place cans with the handle toward your home.

For more information on garbage or recycling programs, contact the Solid Waste Division at 209-577-5494 or by using our online Contact Us form.


Acceptable Placement

Next to or near curb or gutter.

Acceptable Placement of Garbage Cans

Unacceptable Placement

Never on the sidewalk.

Unacceptable Placement of Garbage Cans