Department of Public Utilities

Trash Disposal & Recycling

What goes where? Green. Gray. Blue.

Fresno still leads the nation in recycling – but our goal is to be #1! We can achieve this goal by following the rules of the green, gray, and blue residential carts. Look to our social media platforms to learn more about how the City of Fresno makes it easy for you to separate green waste, trash, and recycling.

Please note, carts can be placed out for collection any time after 6 p.m. the night before your scheduled day, but they must be out before 5:30 a.m. on the day of collection.

Green is for Green Waste

THE GREEN CART

The following items can be placed in the green cart:

Photo of grass, branches, untreated lumber and leaves.

ACCEPTABLE MATERIALS

  • Fruit and veggies (from your garden)
  • Garden plants
  • Grass
  • Leaves
  • Live holiday wreaths*
  • Live Christmas trees*
  • Palm Fronds
  • Trees/branches*
  • Wood (untreated)

*Cut in 3-foot lengths

(Please make sure wood and prunings are less than 4 inches in diameter, cut to 3-foot lengths and the lid on the cart can close)

UNACCEPTABLE MATERIALS

These items DO NOT go in the green cart:

  • Animal waste
  • Plastic bags
  • Treated wood
  • Dirt
  • Rocks

For disposal options or recycling resources, call the Recycling Hotline at (559) 621-1111.

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 of in landfills. Lawns can generate 300 pounds of grass clippings per 1000 square feet annually. For more information on Grasscycling, visit the 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

THE GRAY CART

The following items can be placed in the gray cart:

Food, Diapers, Styrofoam, Rubber Hoses, Animal Waste (Bagged), Cold Fireplace Ashes and BBQ Coals

ACCEPTABLE MATERIALS

  • Animal waste (bagged)
  • Broken glass
  • Carpet
  • CDs/DVDs
  • Clothing
  • Cold coals/ashes
  • Diapers
  • Food waste
  • Plastic bags
  • Rubber/vinyl hoses
  • Small appliances
  • Soiled napkins/tissues
  • Soiled paper plates
  • Styrofoam
  • Toys
  • Treated wood

UNACCEPTABLE MATERIALS

These items DO NOT go in the gray cart:

  • Auto and household batteries
  • Computer monitors
  • Concrete
  • Dirt
  • Hot BBQ coals
  • Hot fireplace ashes
  • Tires
  • Toxic materials
  • TVs
  • Rocks
  • Used motor oil/filters

For disposal options or recycling resources, call the Recycling Hotline at (559) 621-1111.

Blue is for Recyclables

THE BLUE CART

The following items can be placed in the blue cart:

Paper, Plastic, Metal, Glass

ACCEPTABLE MATERIALS

Paper

  • Books
  • Cardboard
  • Cardboard boxes (please break down boxes before placing them in the cart)
  • Cartons
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Spiral Notebooks

Plastic

  • Beverage containers
  • Detergent bottles
  • Food containers
  • Shampoo bottles

Metal

  • Aerosol cans (empty)
  • Aluminum Cans
  • Bi-metal cans
  • Paint cans (empty/dry)

Glass

  • Glass bottles (empty)
  • Jars (empty)

UNACCEPTABLE MATERIALS

These items DO NOT go in the blue cart:

  • Auto and household batteries
  • Clothing
  • Diapers
  • Plastic bags
  • Plastic packaging
  • Rubber/vinyl hoses
  • Single-use plastics
  • Soiled paper products
  • Styrofoam
  • Tires

REDUCE. REUSE. RECYCLE.

Reduce – Reduce the number 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 the 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.

For disposal options or recycling resources, call the Recycling Hotline at (559) 621-1111.

Prohibited

PROHIBITED

The Following Items are NOT Allowed to be Disposed of in ANY Cart!

  • Batteries
  • Chemicals
  • Dead Animals
  • Electronics/E-Waste
  • Light bulbs & CFLs
  • Medical Waste
  • Motor Oil
  • Pesticides
  • Tires

If you have additional questions or if you are looking for more information, contact Fresno’s Recycling Hotline at (559) 621-1111.

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 contaminate your green waste cart.

VIOLATION & FINES
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 EXAMPLES:
Blue Contamination
  • Carpet
  • Clothing
  • Food
  • Rubber Hose
  • Styrofoam
  • Used Paper Products
  • Wood
GREEN CART CONTAMINATION EXAMPLES:
Green Contamination
  • Animal waste
  • Dirt
  • Fabric
  • Plastic Bags
  • Rocks
  • Styrofoam
  • Trash and Recyclables
  • Treated Wood
Operation Clean Up, Special Hauls and More
OPERATION CLEAN UP

If you have trash that is too bulky or heavy for regular curbside pickup, you can save it for our annual Operation Clean Up. You’ll get a colorful flyer, with instructions and various DO’s and DON’Ts, about a week or two before the pickup date to notify you.

Visit the Operation Cleanup Page or call Solid Waste at (559) 621-1452 for more information.

SPECIAL HAUL

You can also request a special bulky-item or green waste haul at any time by calling (559) 621-1452. Visit www.fresno.gov/recycle for more information on how to dispose of other household items!

USED MOTOR OIL

Call (559) 621-1452 to access our FREE program that allows customers to leave containers on the curb next to your blue cart or call (800) CLEANUP (253-2687) for the nearest certified collection center.

Curbside collection for used motor oil is for single-family residential customers only.

LIVE CHRISTMAS TREE AND WREATH 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 recycling goals and saves landfill space.

Please note that plastic Christmas trees can be donated or placed in the gray cart for disposal.

SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMERS

  • 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
  • Place your tree in the green waste cart for collection
  • For additional information call (559) 621-1452

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

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.

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

Item Green Gray Blue Consider Donation Prohibited Materials Proper Disposal Info
Aerosol Cans (must be empty) X
Aluminum, Tin and Steel Cans X
Animal Waste (bagged) X
Batteries: Auto and Household X Hazardous Waste & Sharps Disposal
Books (Paperback) X X
Carpets X X X For more information please visit the California Carpet Stewardship Program and learn where you can dispose of your carpet.
Ceramic Glass X
Clothing X X
Cold BBQ Coals X
Cold Fireplace Ashes X
Computer Monitors X Electronic Waste Recycling
Concrete X For large amounts See Construction & Demolition
Construction Waste X Construction & Demolition
Diapers X
Eye Glasses X X
Fluorescent Bulbs X Hazardous Waste & Sharps Disposal
Food X
Fruit and Vegetables (from your garden) X
Furniture X X X Operation Clean Up
Glass: food containers, jars, bottles X
Grass X
Hot Fireplace Ashes or Hot BBQ Coals X Let completely cool then place in the gray cart.
Household Hazardous Waste: cleaners, pesticides, pool chemicals, nail polish, propane tanks, gasoline, fertilizer, oven cleaners, etc. X Questions on how to or where to dispose of your items?
Call: (559) 621-1111
Leaves X
Mattress X X Operation Clean Up
Bye Bye Mattress
Medication X Council District 1:
– Policing Station: Northwest – 3080 W. Shaw Ave.
NW corner of Shaw and Marks – Wine Press Shopping Center
Council District 2:
– Fire Station 2: 7114 N. West, 93711
NE corner of West and Herndon
Council District 3:
– Fire Headquarters: 911 “H” Street, 93721
Across from Chukchansi Stadium – On “H” Street
Council District 4:
– Fire Station 6: 4343 E. Gettysburg, 93726
NE corner of Gettysburg and Cedar – Gettysburg and Rowell
Council District 5:
– Fire Station 8: 1428 S. Cedar, 93702
SW corner of Cedar and Butler
Council District 6:
– Policing Station: Northeast – 1450 E. Teague, 93720
NW corner of Teague and Cedar, West of Muses Spa center
Council District 7:
– Fire Station 5: 3131 N. Fresno Street, 93703
SW corner of Fresno and Shields, south of the canal
Mirrors X X
Paint X Recycle at a local paint store or find a local drop off site with Paint Care.

Questions on how to or where to dispose of your items?
Call: (559) 621-1111

Paint Cans (must be empty) X X
Palm Fronds X
Paper and Packaging: paper bags, packaging, and cardboard X
Paper Food Containers: milk cartons, flattened dry food boxes. X
Paper: junk mail, envelopes (without plastic windows), newspaper, inserts, telephone books, magazines, catalogs, flattened paper, office paper, copy and ledger paper, construction paper and manila folders X
Plastic Bags X
Plastic Grocery Bags X X
Plastic Packaging: shrink and bubble wrap X
Plastic Toys X X
Plastic food containers: milk, juice, and food containers X
Rocks X
Rubber Hoses X
Rubber/Vinyl 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 X Radios would need to be handled as Electronic Waste.

Questions on how to or where to dispose of your other items?
Call: (559) 621-1111

Soiled Paper X
Styrofoam X
Syringes, Needles, Lancets, Scalpels, etc. X Sharps Disposal:
District 1:
Policing Station: Northwest – 3080 W. Shaw Ave.
Fire Station 12: 2874 W. Acacia, 93705
District 2:
Fire Station 2: 7114 N. West, 93711
District 3:
Fire Headquarters: 911 “H” Street, 93721
Fire Station 7: 2571 S. Cherry, 93706
Fire Station 16: 2510 N. Polk, 93722
District 4:
Fire Station 6: 4343 E. Gettysburg, 93726
District 5:
Fire Station 8: 1428 S. Cedar, 93702
Fire Station 15: 5630 E. Park Circle, 93722
District 6:
Policing Station: Northeast – 1450 E. Teague, 93720
Fire Station 13: 815 E. Nees, 93720
Fire Station 17: 10512 N. Maple, 93730
District 7:
Fire Station 5: 3131 N. Fresno Street, 93703Questions on how to or where to dispose of your items?
Call: (559) 621-1111
Tires X See Code Enforcement
Toxic Materials X Questions on how to or where to dispose of your items?
Call: (559) 621-1111
Trash X
Treated Wood X
Trees: including real Christmas trees X Wood and prunings need to be less than 4″ in diameter, cut to 3-foot lengths, and the lid of the cart must be closed.
TVs X X TVs would need to be handled as Electronic Waste.

Questions on how to or where to dispose of your items?
Call: (559) 621-1111

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 be closed. X
Used Motor Oil and Oil Filters X Used Motor Oil & Oil Filter Recycling
Weeds
Windows X X
Yard Clippings X