Recycling Information

Resource Conservation

The first thing they teach students in economics class is that resources are scarce. Recycling is an excellent way to conserve and reuse those scarce resources. Recycling is important to the environment and saves the city money in landfill fees. It conserves natural resources and preserves a legacy of resources for future generations.

Car Batteries

Most auto parts stores will accept old batteries at no charge.

Oil & Antifreeze

The Stanislaus County Department of Environmental Resources, as well as most auto parts stores, will take your old motor oil and antifreeze. The key is to keep the various fluids separate. For more information, please call 209-525-6789 or 209-525-6700.

Household Chemicals

It's always a good idea to purchase only the quantity that you need and then to use it up. For more information on disposal or recycling, please visit the CalRecycle website or the Earth911 website.

Green Waste

An important part of the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery's (CalRecycle) mission is to increase the diversion of organic materials from landfill disposal for beneficial uses such as compost and energy production. Currently, an estimated 35 million tons of waste are disposed in California's landfills annually, of which 32% is compostable organic materials, 29% is construction and demolition debris, and 17% is paper.

To stay informed on the latest information on organics issues, sign up for automatic email updates by joining a CalRecycle listserv, such as Organics Materials Management, Conversion Technologies, and Climate Change.


When you have more garbage or green waste than what can fit into your provided cans, you may take that trash to the landfill on your own. The Fink Road Sanitary Landfill is located at 4000 Fink Road, in Crows Landing, California. For more information, please view the Stanislaus County Fink Road Sanitary Landfill Price Sheet (PDF) or call 209-837-4800.

Water Bottles

You are supposed to drink 8 glasses of water, every single day. This is equal to 4 plastic water bottles. Only 1 in 6 of these bottles are recycled. That means you contribute 10 water bottles to the landfill every single day.  It also takes almost 500 years for most plastics to decay, which means most of the plastics ever created are still out there somewhere.  Consumption rises by 10% every year, which means things will continue to get worse.  Help make a positive impact on the environment, and your health today and get a reusable water bottle!