Food & Organics Composting

The City of Modesto offers its residential garbage service customers a convenient way to dispose of food and organic waste via the Yard Waste Program. Each household can separate their food and organic waste from their other household garbage and place it in their green waste container for composting.

Acceptable and Unacceptable Items

Acceptable Food & Organic WasteUnacceptable Items
Breads and ToastNo Animal Feces
Coffee GroundsNo Foil
Egg ShellsNo Food Containers or Packaging
Meat, Bones and FishNo Household Garbage
Paper Waste (napkins, towels, plates, coffee filters, tea bags, etc.)No Kitty Litter
Solid Dairy ProductsNo Liquids
Table ScrapsNo Plastics
Vegetable and Fruit PeelingsNo Recyclables


Information Regarding Program

  • Do not block sidewalks, fire hydrants, garbage cans, etc.
  • Dumpster customers are not eligible for this program
  • Food waste may be wrapped in paper bags or newspaper
  • Unacceptable items must be placed in the black garbage can