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What goes where? Green. Gray. Blue.

Green is for Green Waste
Green Trash Can

THE GREEN CART

At work, home and play the following items can be placed in green carts, bins, or other containers found throughout the City of Fresno.

Green is for Green Waste

ACCEPTABLE MATERIALS

  • Fruits and Vegetables
  • 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.)

UNACCEPTABLE MATERIALS
These items DO NOT go in the green cart:

  • Plastic Bags
  • Treated Wood
  • Trash
  • Animal Waste
  • Clothing
  • Furniture

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, visit California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecyle).

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 California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecyle) or the “Master Gardener’s of Fresno County” website.

Gray is for Garbage
Grey Trash Can

THE GRAY CART

At work, home and play the following items can be placed in gray carts, bins, or other containers found throughout the City of Fresno.

Gray is for Garbage

ACCEPTABLE MATERIALS

  • Food
  • Diapers
  • Styrofoam
  • Rubber Hoses
  • Animal Waste (bagged)
  • Cold Fireplace Ashes
  • Cold BBQ Coals

UNACCEPTABLE MATERIALS
These items do NOT go in the gray cart:

  • Computer monitors
  • TVs
  • Tires
  • Rocks
  • Concrete
  • Toxic Materials
  • Used Motor Oil/Filters
  • Auto and Household Batteries (See Household Hazardous Waste)
  • All Recyclables
  • Green Waste
  • Hot Fireplace Ashes Hot BBQ Coals

There are many items that are recyclable that cannot be placed in City of Fresno containers. For a list of these items and places they can be taken, call the Recycling Hotline at (559) 621-1111 or download the PDF file at the Fresno County Website.

Blue is for Recyclables
Blue Trash Can

THE BLUE CART

At work, home and play the following items can be placed in blue carts, bins, or other recycling containers found throughout the City of Fresno.

Blue is for Recyclables

ACCEPTABLE MATERIALS

  • All Paper: Books, junk mail, envelopes, newspaper, inserts, telephone books, magazines, catalogs, flattened paper, milk cartons, juice boxes, office paper including computer, copy & ledger paper, construction paper & manila folders, paper bags, packaging, cardboard, flattened dry food boxes
  • All Plastic (except styrofoam): Milk, juice, and food containers, shrink & bubble wrap, plastic grocery bags, plastic toys
  • All Metal: Aluminum cans, tin & steel cans, empty paint & aerosol cans,lawn chair frames, metal frames, all steel items (all items must fit loosely in your cart)
  • Glass: Food container glass, jars, bottles (No sheet glass, windows,ceramic glass, or mirrors)
  • Small Appliances: transistor radios, blow-dryers, curling irons, small microwave ovens, coffee pots, toaster ovens, small power tools with the batteries removed

UNACCEPTABLE MATERIALS
These items do NOT go in the blue cart:

REDUCE. REUSE. RECYCLE.

Reduce – Reduce the amount of products you buy. Buy wisely and buy less.

Reuse – Reuse whatever you can and donate good used items to a church or charity. Give your recyclable items a second chance.

Recycle – Recycle everything you can. Buy products that are recycled or that can be recycled.

For more information on recycling call the Recycling Hotline at (559) 621-1111.

There are many items that are recyclable that cannot be placed in City of Fresno containers. For a list of these items and places they can be taken, call the Recycling Hotline at (559) 621-1111 or download the PDF file at the Fresno County Website.

Contamination

RECYCLING & GREEN WASTE CONTAMINATION
Fresno spends about $500,000 a year to remove contamination found in recycling carts. Items such as diapers, clothing, or food waste are considered contamination when placed in the blue recycling cart. Contamination is also a problem in green waste carts. For example, when people put leaves and grass in plastic bags prior to disposal, these bags must be removed by hand before the material can be processed. Plastic and trash of any kind contaminates your green waste cart.

VIOLATION & FINES
If items are found contaminating your cart, the following will occur:

Instance Fine
1st Notice of Violation
2nd Notice of Violation
3rd $50
4th $100
5th $200
All violations thereafter $200, up to $1,500 (per fiscal year)

These fines will show up on your City Utility Bill.

BLUE CART CONTAMINATION

Rubber and Styrofoam
Food
Food, Styrofoam and Used Paper Products
Carpet and Clothing
Styrofoam
Wood, Used Tissue, Used Paper Towels

GREEN CART CONTAMINATION

Plastic, Metal and Paper
Animal Waste
Fabrics
Trash and Recyclables
Styrofoam
Plastic Bags
Christmas Tree Recycling

After the holiday season, make sure your Christmas tree does not end up in the landfill. It can serve other useful purposes such as mulch or a compost additive. Recycling Christmas trees in your Green cart helps the City reach our recycling goals and saves landfill space.

SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMERS

1. Please prepare your Christmas tree for recycling:

  • Remove all ornaments, lights, and tinsel.
  • Remove the stand.
  • Cut the trees into 3 foot lengths or less so our equipment can handle them.

2. Place your tree in the Green waste cart for collection.

3. For additional information call (559) 621-1452.

Christmas Tree Recycle

APARTMENTS AND COMMERCIAL CUSTOMERS

Customers north of Ashlan Avenue contact:
Allied Waste Services of Fresno, (559) 275-1551

Customers south of Ashlan Avenue contact:
Mid Valley Disposal, (559) 237-9425

If you have additional questions, contact the Solid Waste Management Division at (559) 621-1452.

FOR YOUR SAFETY

Fire Officials warn that it can be dangerous to burn your tree in the fireplace.

NO LITTERING

Dumping trees in vacant lots is considered littering. There are heavy fines for littering in the City of Fresno.

Item Green Gray Blue Consider Donation Special Handling Proper Disposal Info
Aerosol cans X
Aluminum, tin & steel cans X
Animal Waste (bagged) X
Batteries: auto and Household X Hazardous Waste & Sharps Disposal [link to 0.19.6.9]
Books X X
Carpets X
Ceramic Glass X
Clothing X X X
Cold BBQ Coals X
Cold Fireplace Ashes X
Computer Monitors X Electronic Waste Recycling
Concrete X X Small amounts can be put in the gray bin. An amount over eight cubic yards of material by volume needs a special container. See Construction & Demolition [link t0 0.19.6.7]
Construction Waste
8+ cubic yards of material by volume
X Construction & Demolition [link t0 0.19.6.7]
Diapers X
Eye Glasses X X
Fluorescent Bulbs X Hazardous Waste & Sharps Disposal [link to 0.19.6.9]
Food X
Fruit X
Fruits and Vegetables X
Furniture X X X Operation Clean Up [link to 0.19.6.6]
Glass: food containers, jars, bottles X
Grass X
Green Waste X
Hot Fireplace Ashes Hot BBQ Coals X Let completely cool then goes into Gray bin.
Household Hazardous Waste X Hazardous Waste & Sharps Disposal [link to 0.19.6.9]
Leaves X
Mattress X X Operation Clean Up [link to 0.19.6.6]
Metal: lawn chair frames, metal frames, all steel items (all metal items must fit loosely in your bin) X
Mirrors X
Paint X Recycle at local paint store
Paint Cans (must be empty) X
Palm Fronds X
Paper & Packaging: paper bags, packaging, and cardboard X
Paper Food Containers: milk cartons, juice boxes, flattened dry food boxes, and unsoiled pizza boxes X
Paper: junk mail, envelopes, newspaper, inserts, telephone books, magazines, catalogs, flattened paper, office paper, copy & ledger paper, construction paper & manila folders X
Pharmaceutical Waste X Hazardous Waste & Sharps Disposal [link to 0.19.6.9]
Plastic Bags X
Plastic Grocery Bags X
Plastic Packaging: shrink & bubble wrap X
Plastic Toys X X
Plastic: milk, juice, and food containers X
Rocks X
Rubber Hoses X
Rubber/Vinyl Hoses X
Sawdust X
Sheet glass X
Small Appliances: transistor radios, blow-dryers, curling irons, small microwave ovens, coffee pots, toaster ovens, small power tools with the batteries removed X X
Soiled Paper X
Styrofoam X
Syringes, needles, lancets, scalpels, etc. X Hazardous Waste & Sharps Disposal [link to 0.19.6.9]
Tires X Tires (see Code Enforcement)
Toxic Materials X Hazardous Waste & Sharps Disposal [link to 0.19.6.9]
Trash X
Treated Wood X
Trees: Including Real Christmas Trees X
TVs X Electronic Recycling
Untreated Wood: Wood and prunings need to be less than 4″ in diameter, cut to 3 foot lengths, and the lid of the cart must closed. X
Used Motor Oil & Oil Filters X Used Motor Oil & Oil Filter Recycling [link to 0.19.6.10]
Weeds X
Windows X
Yard Clippings X