Green is for Gardening

Acceptable Materials

*Fruits and Vegatables
* Leaves
* Grass
* Weeds
* Sawdust
* Palm Fronds
* Trees including real Christmas trees
* Untreated Wood

Please make sure wood and prunings are less than 4” in diameter, cut to 3 foot lengths, and that the lid on the cart can close.

These items do not go in the green cart.

* Plastic bags
* Treated wood
* Animal waste
* Clothing
* Furniture

Please visit our Contamination page for more information.

Try Grasscycling or Composting

What is Grasscycling?
Grasscycling is the natural recycling of grass by leaving the clippings on the lawn when mowing. Grass clippings decompose quickly and release valuable nutrients back into your lawn. It's simple, and it works! Grass clippings make up a big part of California's waste during the growing season. To keep these out of the waste stream, try grasscycling!
Grasscycling provides free fertilizer and helps make lawns greener and healthier. Grasscycling reduces turf grass fertilizer and water requirements, which can reduce the toxic runoff that enters storm drains and pollutes creeks and rivers. Grasscycling reduces mowing time too since it eliminates the need to bag and dispose of clippings.
Grasscycling also reduces the amount of yard waste disposed in landfills. Lawns can generate 300 pounds of grass clippings per 1000 square feet annually. For more information on grasscycling from the California Integrated Waste Management Board, visit

Backyard Composting
Backyard composting is nature's way of recycling. Composting is fun, easy and educational. Decomposed organic material such as leaves, grass clippings, twigs, fruit and vegetables make a great soil conditioner. Compost made from leaves and yard trimmings is great for your landscaping. To learn more about composting, visit or the "Master Gardener's of Fresno County" website.

Check the Blue and Gray Cart pages for more information.