What happens to waste in each container?

Black Container

Waste in the black can is collected by the waste hauler, then sorted to remove residual organic or recyclable material. Haulers then transport this waste to Covanta’s waste-to-energy facility, located near Fink Road Landfill outside of Patterson. This facility incinerates waste to produce energy which powers many households. In some cases, waste is also sent to area landfills.

Green Container

Waste in the green can is collected by the waste hauler, then sorted to remove non-organic material; contamination must be below 1% for the waste to be processed. Clean organic waste is then transported to the City of Modesto Compost Facility, located at 7001 Jennings Road. Organic material is ground and spread into composting windrows, where a five-month process of watering, turning, and decomposition produces a nutrient-rich compost. For more information on the composting process or to purchase clean organic compost, please visit the City’s Compost web page.

Blue Container

Recycling from the blue can is collected by the waste hauler, then sorted to remove non-recyclable material. Contamination is a serious and cumbersome issue in recycling and can cause loads to be rejected and sent to incineration or landfill. Separated recycling will be transported by the City’s haulers to the appropriate recycling or reuse center.

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1. What is SB 1383?
2. Why do we need a new container?
3. When will I get the third container for recycling?
4. Will my rate increase again?
5. Why are rates increasing twice, once in July 2022 and again in January 2023?
6. What happens if I do not separate my waste correctly?
7. How do I know where to put cardboard or paper products?
8. How often will they be picked up?
9. Do I need to have all the containers? Can I just have one or two and pay less?
10. I don’t have space for the Recycling container, I don’t want it
11. I already take my recycling to a Collection Center
12. What happens to waste in each container?
13. Can I self-haul my own waste?
14. Can I share my service with someone else?
15. How to I prevent issues from odor and pests?
16. Can I use compostable bags?
17. Do residents have to donate surplus edible food under the law?
18. Where can I find more information on the law?
19. I have a complaint or issue with my service or the City’s programs. What can I do?
20. What goes in which container?