Recycling Household Waste

The following information is helpful when minimizing the amount of household wastes from going directly to the landfill.

  • Empty and lightly rinse all containers
  • In the Blue Recycling Toter, only place brown, clear, and green glass bottles and jars (e.g., soda, wine, mayonnaise)
  • In the Black Garbage Toter, only place ceramics, cookware, drinking glasses, incandescent bulbs, mirrors, windows, and blue glass
Green Waste
  • All lawn clippings, trimmed tree branches, leaves, weeds, etc., must go in the Green Waste Toter
Paper & Cardboard
  • Flatten cartons and boxes
  • Secure loose material (e.g., shredded paper) in plastic grocery bags
  • Cut large boxes small enough to fit inside the container
Blue Recycling Toter
In the Blue Recycling Toter, place the following:
  • Cardboard
  • Catalogs
  • Cereal and cracker boxes (remove liners)
  • Egg cartons
  • Envelopes
  • Gift wrap (no metallic / foil)
  • Magazines

  • Mail, newspaper, newspaper inserts, and advertisements (glossy is okay)
  • Office paper (e.g., construction paper, printer paper)
  • Paper bags
  • Shoe boxes
  • Shopping bags (remove handles)
  • Telephone books
Black Garbage Container
In the Black Garbage Container, place the following:
  • Carbon paper
  • Padded or Tyvek® envelopes
  • Paper soiled with anything such as motor oil, paint, or food / grease
  • Paper take-out containers
  • Photographs and photo paper
  • Pizza boxes
  • Thermal fax paper
Plastics & Plastic Bags
Empty and lightly rinse all containers. Secure loose plastic bags in a plastic grocery bag.
Blue Recycling Toter
Only plastic items labeled with the numbers 1-7 inside the chasing arrows symbol or triangle, such as:
  • Detergent bottles
  • Dry cleaning and bread bags
  • Egg cartons
  • Flower pots
  • Fresh produce
  • Grocery and newspaper bags
  • Large reusable water bottles and juice jugs
  • Medicine bottles

  • Milk jugs
  • PVC pipes
  • Plastic bags
  • Shampoo bottles
  • Soda, water, mouthwash, and mustard containers
  • Squeezable bottles (e.g., honey)
  • Spray bottles
  • Yogurt and margarine tubs
Black Garbage Toter
In the Black Garbage Toter, you can place:
  • Bubble wrap
  • Compact discs
  • Credit cards
  • Disposable diapers
  • Hangers
  • Hoses

  • Pools
  • Shoes
  • Tarps
  • Toys
  • Utensils
Polystyrene (Styrofoam®)
  • Empty and lightly rinse containers. Secure loose material (e.g., packing peanuts) in plastic grocery bags
  • In the Blue Recycling Toter, place the following:
    • Cups
    • Egg cartons
    • Foam packing
    • Meat and fruit trays
    • Packing "peanuts"
    • Plates
    • Take-out containers
  • In the Black Garbage Toter, place all containers soaked with food or grease
Scrap Metals
  • Clean and dry household metal items
  • In the Blue Recycling Toter, place the following items:
    • Aerosol cans (empty)
    • Aluminum foil (clean)
    • Small metal appliances (e.g., toaster, waffle iron, blender)
    • Keys
    • Metal
    • Metal lids and caps from glass bottles
    • Paint cans (remove excess paint, let residue dry)
    • Pots and pans
  • In the Black Garbage Toter, place all hangers (wood, metal, plastic), and hardware (nails, screws, nuts, bolts)
Used Motor Oil & Filters
Used motor oil and oil filters cannot be placed on the curbside for recycle. You must dispose of used oil and oil filters at a Certified Used Oil Collection Center. Oil must be in a container with a screw top lid. Oil filters must be in a Ziploc bag.

Contaminated Oil, Used oil, & Batteries
Contaminated oil, used oil, batteries may also be disposed of at the Modesto Collection Facility, open every Friday and Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., except holidays.