Containers

City of Modesto residents have a three-container system for garbage, organics and recycling. There are details on what items can go in each container below. Also, see the collection calendar below for information on when each will be serviced. 

  1. Garbage / Black Container
  2. Organics / Green Container
  3. Recycling / Blue Container

About the Black Container

The black container is for household garbage and non-organic materials, for example: plastic packaging, diapers, and animal waste. Recycling is no longer allowed in the black container. The material is sent to a Waste-to-Energy facility and is burned to make electricity. 

Acceptable Items

  • Animal waste or litter box debris
  • Diapers
  • Flocked or treated holiday trees
  • Household garbage or trash
  • Masks, gloves, and wipes
  • Bathroom waste and feminine hygiene products
  • Plastic bags or packaging
  • Polystyrene items
  • Wood or lumber (small pieces only)

Unacceptable Items

  • Dirt, rocks, concrete or asphalt
  • Furniture or large items
  • Organic waste of any kind
  • Recycling materials
  • Hazardous, toxic or e-waste (light bulbs, batteries, chemicals, paint, computers, monitors, etc.)

Note: Do not overfill to more than 100 pounds or that the lid will not close

Recycling Collection Calendars

You can receive email or text notifications of your collection by subscribing to the Recycling Collection Calendar below.  

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