WASTE, GREEN WASTE & RECYCLING
Garbage Collection Service
efficient collection and excellent garbage service, all of Patterson's garbage,
green waste and recyclables are collected by Bertolotti
Disposal Inc. Bertolotti uses
automated trucks, which lifts heavy carts and bins with automated mechanical
arms and lifters. When the trucks are full, drivers take garbage to the County
Landfill and waste to the Energy Facility with recyclables going to a Transfer
Station for sorting.
Transfer Station, truck drivers empty the recyclables onto a conveyer belt. A
system using belts, screens, electromagnets, and blasts of air separate paper,
plastics, glass, aluminum, and other materials.
much of the system is automated, workers help separate certain materials by
hand. Disposing of recyclables correctly helps protect the environment and
promotes health and safety (e.g., do not recycle needles, diapers, or food
waste). Sorted bales and bins of materials are then taken to processing
facilities before being sold as resources to manufacturers making new products.
Collection Routes and Schedule
out what day your trash is collected and to see your recycling schedule do the
- Click here or go to: http://maps.patterson
- Your collection route is
either colored in yellow or green. These colors correspond to the
colors on the calendar. For Bulky
Items pick-up scheduling, which are done on FRIDAYS ONLY, click here.
Important Information Regarding Collection Day
Wheel your carts out to the street
on your regularly scheduled garbage, green waste and recycling day. Place
recycling, green waste and garbage carts out together 2-feet apart and 3-feet
away from any vehicle or obstacle. Put your carts wheels against the curb with
the handles facing your house. If there is a problem putting your carts in the
street, please put your carts as close as possible to the street, for example,
in your driveway, on the mow strip, or at the edge of the sidewalk, but please do
not block the sidewalk. No hazardous materials of any kind are accepted in your
garbage, recycling or yard waste carts.
All garbage, recycling and yard
waste carts must be stored out of view from the street. Carts should be rolled
out no more than 12 hours before collection and stored out of sight no more
than 12 hours after collection.
Garbage service is required for all
residential and commercial establishments.
Please contact Bertolotti Disposal Inc. or call the City of
Patterson at (209) 895-8060 for more information and schedule of pickups
RECYCLING IN PATTERSON
The first thing
they teach students in an Economics class is that resources are scarce.
Recycling is an excellent way to conserve and re-use those scarce resources.
Recycling is important to the environment and saves the City money in landfill
fees. It conserves natural resources and preserves a legacy of resources for
future generations. Below are several
links that will provide you with more recycling information.
Most auto parts stores will accept old batteries at no charge.
Oil & Anti-freeze
The Stanislaus County Dept. of
Environmental Resources, as well
as most auto parts stores, will take your old motor oil and antifreeze. The key
is to keep the various fluids separate. For more info, call (209) 525-6789 or (209)
It's always a good idea to purchase only the quantity that you need and then to
use it up. For more information on disposal or recycling, visit http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/ and www.earth911.org
An important part of the California Department of Resources Recycling and
Recovery’s (CalRecycle) mission is to increase the diversion of organic
materials from landfill disposal for beneficial uses such as compost and energy
production. Currently, an estimated 35 million tons of waste are disposed in
California’s landfills annually, of which 32 percent is compostable organic
materials, 29 percent is construction and demolition debris, and 17 percent is
informed on the latest information on organics issues, sign up for automatic
e-mail updates by joining a CalRecycle listserv, such as "Organics
Materials Management," "Conversion Technologies," and
"Climate Change." See http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/organics/#
When you have more garbage or green waste than what can fit into your provided
cans, you may take that trash to the landfill on your own. The Landfill is
located at 4000 Fink Road, in Crowslanding.
open 8:00 am to 4:00 pm M-Sat and closed on Sundays. Click link for more information on the
Landfill including Fee Schedule. For
more information, call (209) 837-4800.
City of Patterson 3R’s Programs
The Public Works Department’s 3R's Program: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle is
designed to collect and market, in an efficient manner, all recyclable waste
produced within the City of Patterson. It is key to achieving sustainable City
operations and consistent with AB 341, which calls for businesses,
municipalities, schools, and multiple family residences to implement
comprehensive and environmentally sound solid waste management programs. Ultimately, the program is designed to
decrease the volume of waste that the City sends to the landfills. The program,
established in response to the Solid Waste Management Act of 1988, is going to
succeed largely because of the support and cooperation of Patterson residences,
Patterson business operators, and those that visit here. This following
information provides guidance on how to practice the 3R's.
The 3R's Program stresses the
hierarchy of waste management:
Reduce what you use-
Reuse what you can-
Recycle everything else.
Residence and businesses are encouraged to sort and appropriately dispose of household
and office waste generated through daily work and activities. For more
information, follow the 3R's tips and guidelines below:
- Copy or print double-sided to reduce paper purchasing;
- Update and consolidate mailing lists;
- Use interoffice routing slips instead of individual
- Use plastic bags
- Return packaging materials to manufacturers (i.e.
pallets, boxes, and other containers);
- Use post-it notes instead of cover sheets when faxing;
- Purchase equipment and supplies that are reused or
reusable, come with minimal packaging (bulk), or recycled or recyclable;
- Communicate agency documents via email.
REUSE: If you don't need something anymore, someone else in your community
or agency might. Examples of reusable office supplies include:
- 3-ring, press board and computer printout binders;
- Jars and plastic gallons
- Manila file folders;
- File boxes;
- Packing materials;
- Rechargeable batteries;
- Hanging file folders; and
- Just about everything else.
RECYCLE: The following objects are recycled:
- Batteries (wet cell and rechargeable);
- Fluorescent lamps;
- Lighting ballasts;
- All electronic equipment, including computers;
- All types of office waste paper-envelopes with or
without windows, Post-It notes, magazines and books, and newsprint;
- Corrugated cardboard and boxes;
- Glass, plastic, metal, and various other food and
- All mixed and precious metals;
- Used motor oil and oil filters;
- Transmission fluid;
- Pallets and clean wood;
- Yard waste;
- Concrete, asphalt and stone; and
- Styrofoam packing material and bubble wrap.
Basics Household Recycling Information
The following information is helpful
when minimizing the amount of household wastes from going directly to the
Empty and lightly rinse
the Blue Recycling Toter, only place brown, clear and green glass bottles and jars (e.g., soda, wine,
In the Black Garbage Toter, only place ceramics, cookware, drinking glasses,
incandescent bulbs, mirrors, windows, blue glass
All lawn clippings, trimmed tree branches, leaves, weeds, etc
must go in the Green Waste Toter.
Paper & Cardboard
cartons, boxes. Secure loose material (e.g., shredded paper) in plastic grocery
bags. Cut large boxes small enough to fit inside the container.
the Blue Recycling Toter, place all cardboard, catalogs, cereal and cracker boxes
Egg cartons, Envelopes (plastic windows OK), gift wrap (no metallic/foil), magazines,
mail, newspaper, newspaper inserts and advertisements (glossy OK),office paper
(e.g. construction paper, printer paper),paper bags, shoe boxes, shopping bags
(remove handles),telephone books
Black Garbage Container
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
and lightly rinse all containers. Secure loose plastic bags in a plastic
the Blue Recycling Toter, ONLY plastic items labeled with the numbers 1 through 7 inside the
chasing arrows symbol or triangle, such as soda, water, mouthwash and mustard
containers, detergent bottles, flower pots, grocery bags, milk jugs, shampoo
bottles, spray bottles, yogurt and margarine tubs. You can put PVC pipes, squeezable bottles
(e.g., honey), dry cleaning and bread bags, medicine bottles, egg cartons, large
reusable water bottles, and juice jugs. As for plastic bags, ALL bread, dry
cleaning, fresh produce, grocery, and newspaper bags are recyclable.
In the Black Garbage Toter, you can place bubble wrap, compact discs, credit cards,
disposable diapers, hangers, hoses, pools, shoes, tarps, toys, utensils
and lightly rinse containers. Secure loose material (e.g., packing peanuts) in plastic
the Blue Recycling Toter,
place cups, plates, egg cartons, foam packing, meat and fruit trays, packing
"peanuts", take-out containers
In the Black Garbage Toter, place all containers soaked with food or grease
and dry household metal items.
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 lids
and caps from glass bottles, paint cans (remove excess paint, let residue dry),
pots and pans, metal
In the Black Garbage Toter, place all hangers (wood, metal, plastic), hardware (nails,
screws, nuts, bolts)
Used Motor Oil & Filters
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.
To dispose of used oil:
AutoZone 400 S. 2nd
Street, (209) 892-4500
To dispose of used oil
and oil filters:
Fred Frias, Union
Services 226 N. 2nd Street, (209) 892-8992
Patterson Auto Care 401
N. 1st Street, (209) 892-8473
be in a container with a screw top lid. Oil filters must be in a
Contaminated oil, used
oil, batteries may also be disposed of at:
Facility 1716 Morgan Road
Open every Friday and
Saturday from 9am-1pm-except holidays.
To drop off recycling
Center 401 N 1st St, (209) 892-1917
Open Monday through
Friday from 8am to 5pm, Saturday from 8am to 3pm, Closed on Sunday.
DISPOSING OF PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS CORRECTLY
Do not flush prescription drugs down the toilet
or drain unless the label or accompanying patient information specifically
instructs you to do so. When drugs are
flushed down the toilet they end up at our City’s Water Quality Control
Facility. These pharmaceuticals can
negatively affect our biological treatment process. For information on drugs that should be flushed
visit the FDA’s website at http://www.fda.gov/
To dispose of prescription drugs not labeled to be flushed, you
may be able to take advantage of community drug take-back programs or other
programs, such as household hazardous waste collection events, that collect
drugs at a central location for proper disposal. Call the Public Works
Department at (209) 895-8060 to find out when the next mobile drug take-back
program will be available in your community.
If a drug take back or
collection program is not available:
Take your prescription
drugs out of their original containers immediately.
Mix drugs with an
undesirable substance, such as cat litter or used coffee grounds.
Put this mixture into a
disposable container with a lid, such as an empty margarine tub, or into a
Conceal or remove any
personal information, including Rx number, on the empty containers by covering
it with black permanent marker or duct tape, or by scratching it off.
Place the sealed
container with the mixture, and the empty drug containers, in the trash.
call the City of Patterson Public Works Department at (209) 895-8060 with any questions.
California’s Mandatory Commercial Recycling Law
Commercial Recycling was one of the measures adopted in the Assembly Bill 32
Scoping Plan by the Air Resources Board (ARB) pursuant to the California Global
Warming Solutions Act (Chapter 488, Statutes of 2006). The Mandatory Commercial
Recycling Measure focuses on increased commercial waste diversion as a method
to reduce GHG emissions. It is designed to achieve a reduction in GHG emissions
of 5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalents. To achieve the
measure’s objective, an additional 2 to 3 million tons of materials annually
will need to be recycled from the commercial sector by the year 2020 and
was adopted at CalRecycle’s January 17, 2012 Monthly Public Meeting. This
regulation reflects the statutory provisions of AB 341 (Chapter 476, Statutes
of 2011 [Chesbro, AB 341]) and provides additional procedural clarifications.
The regulation was approved by the Office of Administrative Law on May 7, 2012
and became effective immediately. On June 27, 2012 the Governor signed Senate
Bill 1018 which included an amendment that requires a business that generates 4
cubic yards or more of commercial solid waste per week to arrange for recycling
- Business Commercial Recycling Requirements. A business (includes public entities) that generates
four cubic yards or more of commercial solid waste per week or is a
multifamily residential dwelling of five units or more shall arrange for
recycling services. Businesses can take one or any combination of the
following in order to reuse, recycle, compost or otherwise divert solid
waste from disposal:
- Subscribe to a hauler(s).
- Arrange for the pickup of recyclable materials.
- Subscribe to a recycling service that may include
mixed waste processing that yields diversion results comparable to source
owner of a commercial business or multifamily residential dwelling may require
tenants to source separate their recyclable materials to aid in compliance with
advises businesses to contact their local recycling coordinator to find out how to recycle in their community and if there
are any specific requirements in their community. Communities may have
mandatory commercial recycling ordinances with different thresholds or more
specific business recycling requirements than the state law. The local
recycling coordinator also may have related business opportunities and/or
resources to share. Please contact the
City of Patterson’s Recycling Coordinator by clicking here.
benefits identified by CalRecycle include:
- Opportunities for businesses or multifamily complexes
to save money.
- Creating jobs in California by providing materials for
recycling manufacturing facilities.
- Reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
- Keeping valuable materials out of landfills.
- Creating a healthy environment for the community and
future generations by recovering natural resources.
- Local Government Requirements. Each jurisdiction shall implement a commercial solid
waste recycling program that consists of education, outreach and
monitoring of businesses, that is appropriate for that jurisdiction and is
designed to divert commercial solid waste from businesses, whether or not
the jurisdiction has met the requirements of PRC Section 41780.
jurisdiction shall report the progress achieved in implementing its commercial
recycling program, including education, outreach and monitoring, and if
applicable, enforcement efforts and exemptions, by providing updates in its
electronic annual report.
- CalRecycle Review.
CalRecycle will review each jurisdiction’s commercial recycling program
that consists of education, outreach and monitoring. The following is an
overview of the review process:
- An evaluation as part of its formal AB 939 review,
conducted every two or four years pursuant to PRC 41825, of each jurisdiction’s
programs, which includes an annual jurisdiction site visit, review of the
Electronic Annual Report, and other information a jurisdiction may deem
- If the jurisdiction is found to not have made a
good-faith effort in implementing its programs, possibly including its
mandatory commercial recycling program, CalRecycle can place the
jurisdiction on a compliance order as part of the AB 939 review, and if
it fails to adequately meet the conditions of the compliance order, then
CalRecycle could consider a penalty hearing.
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