Together, we can help #KeepFresnoClean

Life is full of tough questions. Truth or dare? Potato wedges or curly fries? Blue or gray cart?

We can’t save you from the dare, but we can help with recycling. Keeping Fresno clean is easy once you know what can be recycled and what goes in the trash!

Check out the lists below to see what can be recycled in the blue cart, what belongs in the green cart and what items belong in the gray cart.

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Have an item that’s not on the list? Ask us if it can go in the blue cart on Instagram

@FresnoDPU

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Blue

IS FOR RECYCLABLES

PAPER

  • BOOKS
  • CARDBOARDS
  • CARTONS
  • MAGAZINES
  • NEWSPAPERS
  • SPIRAL NOTEBOOKS

PLASTIC

  • BEVERAGE CONTAINERS
  • DETERGENT BOTTLES
  • FOOD CONTAINERS
  • SHAMPOO BOTTLES

METAL

  • ALUMINUM CANS
  • BI-METAL CANS
  • PAINT CANS (EMPTY/DRY)

GLASS

  • GLASS BOTTLES (EMPTY)
  • JARS (EMPTY)
Blue cart recyclable items
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Gray

IS FOR GARBAGE

Gray cart trash items
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  • ANIMAL WASTE (BAGGED)
  • BROKEN GLASS
  • CARPET – CALL 621-1111 FOR CARPET RECYCLING INFORMATION
  • CDS/DVDS
  • CLOTHING – PLEASE DONATE
  • COLD COALS/ASHES
  • DIAPERS
  • FLEXIBLE PLASTICS
  • PLASTIC BAGS
  • RUBBER/VINYL HOSES
  • STYROFOAM
  • TOYS
  • TREATED WOOD
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#DYK

you can donate clothing and other household items to a local charity?

Green

IS FOR ORGANICS

  • FOOD-SOILED NAPKINS / TISSUES / PAPER PLATES / PAPER BAGS / CARDBOARD
  • FOOD WASTE
  • GARDEN PLANTS, NUTS, FRUITS, AND VEGETABLES
  • GRASS
  • LEAVES AND / OR PINE NEEDLES
  • LIVE HOLIDAY WREATHS*†
  • LIVE CHRISTMAS TREES*†
  • TREES / BRANCHES / PALM FRONDS*
  • WOOD (UNTREATED)
Yard clippings green waste items
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Green leaves

* (CUT IN 3-FOOT LENGTHS)
† REMOVE ANY WIRES AND DECORATIONS

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The Following Items Are
Not Allowed in ANY Cart!

  • BATTERIES
  • CFLS
  • ELECTRONICS/E-WASTE
  • FLUORESCENT TUBES
  • PESTICIDES
  • TIRES
  • HOUSEHOLD CLEANERS
  • USED MOTOR OIL
Items that can't be in any cart

Can I Recycle

My Old Clunker?

Great question! Getting rid of an old junker can be bittersweet for some people — but for others, trying to find a place that will take their old car can just leave them, well, bitter. While the City doesn’t have a designated place to retire your ride, several local nonprofits will take old vehicles.

Here’s a list of a few that accept cars, trucks, vans and SUVs — plus motorcycles, boats, RVs, golf carts and riding lawn mowers:

Veteran Car Donations
veterancardonations.org
(877) 594-5822

Breast Cancer Car Donations
cardonations4cancer.org
(866) 540-5069

Goodwill Car Donations
goodwillcardonation.org
(866) 233-8586

Fresno Rescue Mission
fresnorm.org
(559) 268-0839

CCSPCA
(works directly with Car Donation Services, Inc.)
ccspca.com
(559) 233-7722 ext.110

Ronald McDonald House Central Valley
rmhccv.org
(559) 447-6793

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