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Businesses required to have recycling and organic waste recycling programs
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State law requires businesses and multi-family residences with five or more units in Turlock that meet certain thresholds to separate organic material and recyclables from regular waste disposal. Businesses types include commercial or public entities such as schools, hospitals, stores, restaurants, industrial businesses, for-profit and nonprofit organizations and others.

Organic waste includes the following material: food waste, green waste, landscape and pruning waste, nonhazardous wood waste and food-soiled paper waste that is mixed in with food waste. These organic materials account for nearly one third of the approximately 30 million tons of waste destined for California’s landfills each year. Multi-family dwellings are required to recycle their green (yard) waste, but are not required to separate for recycling food waste, including food-soiled paper.

The City of Turlock has individual collection totes available to multi-family residential units for free, provided upon request. To take advantage of this service, contact the Municipal Services Department at 209-668-5590 or email to request totes (maximum provided up to the number of total units at your location). This program is on a first come, first-served basis and the City has limited inventory.

To assist businesses with compliance, the City’s contracted waste hauler, Turlock Scavenger and Recycling Company, offers collection services for both recyclables and organic material. To sign up for service, businesses should call (209) 668-7274.

For more information on the Mandatory Commercial Recycling and/or Organics Recycling requirements, visit the City of Turlock’s website at or Turlock Scavenger and Recycling Company’s website at

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