City of Modesto residents currently have a two-container system for Garbage and Organics. 

Starting January 1, 2023 residents and businesses will receive a third Blue container for recycling to comply with the Senate Bill (SB) 1383 regulation.

  1. Garbage / Black Container
  2. Organics / Green Container

About the Black Container

The black container is for household garbage and non-organic materials, for example: plastic packaging, diapers, and animal waste. The material is sent to a Waste-to-Energy facility and is burned to make electricity.

Acceptable Items

  • 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)

Unacceptable Items

  • 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