Garbage Collection Service

For 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.

At the 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.

While 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

To find out what day your trash is collected and to see your recycling schedule do the following:

  1. Click here or go to: http://maps.patterson
  2. 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.


Cart Storage

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




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.

Car Batteries
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) 525-6700.

Household Chemicals
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 and

Green Waste
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 paper.

To stay 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

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.

They are 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

3 R's logo. 3 arrows following eachother in a circle.

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:


REDUCE waste

  • Copy or print double-sided to reduce paper purchasing;
  • Update and consolidate mailing lists;
  • Use interoffice routing slips instead of individual copies;
  • 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; and
  • 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 beverage containers;
  • All mixed and precious metals;
  • Used motor oil and oil filters;
  • Transmission fluid;
  • Anti-freeze;
  • 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 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)$web_zoom$&/1308302306/heritage-hill-glass-jars-with-lids.jpg

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

Flatten cartons, boxes. Secure loose material (e.g., shredded paper) in plastic grocery bags. Cut large boxes small enough to fit inside the container.

In the Blue Recycling Toter, place all cardboard, catalogs, cereal and cracker boxes (remove liners)
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 Bags

Empty and lightly rinse all containers. Secure loose plastic bags in a plastic grocery bag.

In 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

Polystyrene (Styrofoam®)

Empty and lightly rinse containers. Secure loose material (e.g., packing peanuts) in plastic grocery bags.

In 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


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 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

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.

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

Oil must be in a container with a screw top lid. Oil filters must be in a Ziploc bag.

Contaminated oil, used oil, batteries may also be disposed of at:

Modesto Collection Facility 1716 Morgan Road

Open every Friday and Saturday from 9am-1pm-except holidays.

To drop off recycling items:

Patterson 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.




Federal Guidelines:

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

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:


1) Take your prescription drugs out of their original containers immediately.

2) Mix drugs with an undesirable substance, such as cat litter or used coffee grounds.

3) Put this mixture into a disposable container with a lid, such as an empty margarine tub, or into a sealable bag.

4) 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.

5) Place the sealed container with the mixture, and the empty drug containers, in the trash.

Please call the City of Patterson Public Works Department  at (209) 895-8060 with any questions.







California’s Mandatory Commercial Recycling Law

Mandatory 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 beyond.

The regulation 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 services.

Key Roles

  • 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:
    • Self-haul.
    • 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 separation.

A property owner of a commercial business or multifamily residential dwelling may require tenants to source separate their recyclable materials to aid in compliance with this section.

CalRecycle 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.

Recycling 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.

Each 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 relevant.
    • 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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