The Solid Waste Recycling & Composting page is your ultimate resource for thoughtful consumption, recycling, composting and garbage information for the City of Madera. Find your garbage, recycling and composting pickup schedule, a detailed list of what goes in each container, service options and more.
Mid Valley Disposal
Phone: (559) 237-9425
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Phone: (559) 661-5459
The Citywide Curbside Cleanup program assists residents in the removal of excess trash, rubbish, and other bulky items not collected during normal weekly service.
This event is limited to single-family homes located inside the city limits of Madera and does not include unincorporated areas of Madera County, multi-family dwellings, or commercial businesses.
Residents can begin placing debris in the street in front of their residence up to 3 days before their scheduled cleanup date. The maximum size of discard piles should not exceed 5’x5’x10’ (roughly the size of one truckload) and be placed at least 6 inches away from the curb to avoid blocking sewer vents, water inlets, mailboxes, and fire hydrants. Please separate your debris, appliances, mattresses, electronics, green waste, and general trash. Please relocate any outdoor basketball hoops left curbside at your residence until the cleanup program in your neighborhood has concluded. All loose debris must be bagged or boxed.
The following ineligible items will not be collected as part of the curbside cleanup program:
• Lawnmowers or any other two-stroke motors
• Auto parts
• Construction or demolition material
• Light bulbs / Fluorescent Tubes
• Flammable or hazardous material including motor oil, grease, coolant
• Acids, oxidizers, and bases. Includes pool chemicals and cleaners
• Pesticides and herbicides
• Compressed gas cylinders, and propane tanks used for BBQ
• Hypodermic needles or Medical waste
• Paint, paint thinners, lacquers, or wood stains
• Any Liquids
• All types of batteries or any item containing batteries
• Dirt, rock, sod, asphalt
• 50 gallons drums
• Any item over 4’ in length
• Any item over 150 lbs.
Ineligible items will be left at the curbside and must be removed by the residents within 24 hours after the scheduled cleanup date. For disposal of Household Hazardous Waste contact Madera County Fairmead Landfill: (559) 665-7300. For questions about the program, please contact Mid Valley Disposal (MVD) at (559) 567-0621.
View printable Citywide Curbside Cleanup Flyer.
The city has been divided into three cleanup zones. A detailed zone map will be mailed to residents and posted here at least one week prior to the start of service in each designated zone. Detailed neighborhood zone maps will not be published more than two weeks before service begins in scheduled areas.
Zone 2: N.W. Madera
Zone 3: S.W. Madera
Please be advised that certain construction and demolition projects will be required to recycle or reuse at least 65% of the construction and demolition debris generated from projects. The City of Madera’s Municipal Code § 5-3.30 Construction and Demolition Debris Recycling was adopted in an effort to keep these materials out of the landfill as required by AB939 and the California Green Building Code (CALGreen).
For more information, please see the Building Department Fact Sheet or the CALGreen Construction Waste Management Requirements. To visit the CalRecycle website, click the link below:
The Fairmead Landfill is open to self-haulers and Commercial Franchises. The facility is owned by Madera County and operates under contract with Red Rock Environmental Group.
Fairmead Landfill Facility
21739 Road 19, Chowchilla, CA 93610 • (559) 665-1310
Monday - Friday • 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Saturdays 7:00 am to 2:30 pm
Closed on Sundays and Holidays
Household Hazardous Waste Facility
Open for Residents: Saturday 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Businesses: By Appointment Only. For an appointment, call (559) 665-1310
Closed on the following holidays:
July 4 Independence Day
New Year's Day
The City of Madera makes waste collection easy for residential customers by providing three types of containers:
Please note that consistently putting unacceptable materials in your blue waste cart may result in fines.
Did you know that household products such as cleaning fluids, drain cleaners, oven cleaners, paints and automotive supplies contain hazardous chemicals that can be harmful to you and your family? Products such as these, which are marked "caution", "warning" or "danger", can also pose a threat to the envoirnment.
What is Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)?
Many common household items contain chemicals that can create environmental hazards if not handled properly. These waste include old paint, TVs, computer monitors, batteries, fluorescent lights, thermometers and thermostats, waste oil and gasoline, and pesticides.
Why are TVs and computer monitors hazardous?
Computer monitors and TVs may contain mercury paste and gas along with leaded glass. Deliver your household's old TVs and computer monitors to the Fairmead Landfill, 21739 Road 19, Chowchilla, 559-665-3099. Televisions and computer monitors are now accepted free of charge at the Fairmead Landfill.
What are mercury-containing wastes?
Mercury is an essential component in fluorescent lamps, and may be found in thermometers and thermostats. If these items are broken or not recycled, they can release harmful levels of mercury into the environment. You can give your old thermostat to your heating contractor to return to their wholesaler for recycling. Remember to buy low-mercury lighting fixtures, and mercury-free thermometers and thermostats.
What can I do with old paint?
First, if the paint is still usable, you may be able to find a school or non-profit organization that can use the oil paint. If not, take the cover off of the paint can and place it outside to dry out. Once the paint is dry, place it in your gray garbage container. You can also add the old paint to kitty litter so all the liquid is absorbed. Put the kitty litter in a couple of trash bags, then add the paint and dispose with your regular household refuse. Remember to buy latex paint whenever possible.
There are also vendors that collect up to 5 gallons of latex and oil-based paint, stains and varnish. In Madera, you can drop off old paint at the following location:
The annual City of Madera leaf cleanup is a program designed to help residents dispose of leaves in a convenient and environmentally-friendly way. On assigned dates, residents can place their leaves in a designated area at the curb for pickup by city crews. The leaves are then taken to a composting facility, where they are converted into nutrient-rich compost. Public Works personnel typically begin the program in early January.
The City randomly does audits and tracks additional containers. If any part of your container is broken please contact Mid Valley Disposal at 1-800 706-5779.
Click on the map above for a detailed view of your neighborhood collection day.
The City contracts with Mid Valley Disposal for garbage disposal service. This includes the following service: 96-gallon grey container for trash, a green container for green waste/compost, and a blue container for recycling. In order to assure service, containers must be placed at the curb or in the alley the night before your day of service. The City of Madera Municipal Code requires that containers must be removed from the street or alley within 12 hours of service and stored on your property.
You can reach Mid Valley Disposal by calling: 1-800-706-5779
Depending on when a holiday falls during the week, garbage pick-up days for the week would be serviced the following day.
Mid Valley Disposal observes the following holidays when they land on regularly scheduled days of service (weekdays):
|New Years Day
Why recycle used motor oil?
Recycling used motor oil conserves a natural resource (oil) and is good for the environment too! Motor oil poured onto the ground or into storm drains, or tossed into trash cans (even in a sealed container) can contaminate and pollute the soil, groundwater, streams, and rivers. Recycling your used motor oil reduces this pollution threat. When you take your used oil to a certified center for recycling, you are protecting the environment, conserving a valuable resource, and getting paid for it. That's a winning combination!
City of Madera residential customers can recycle both their used oil and used oil filters at local Certified Used Oil Collection Centers. Follow the link below to find the closest oil collection center near you:
Alternatively, used oil can be recycled at the Fairmead Landfill located at 21739 Road 19, Chowchilla, CA 93610, Saturdays only between 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. No appointment is required. Contact Fairmead Landfill at (559) 665-1310 for disposal pricing.
Recycling is a win for everyone. Californians purchased over 18.2 billion carbonated and non-carbonated drinks in aluminum, glass, plastic, and bi-metal containers last year. Of these, more than 10.6 billion were recycled, contributing to resource conservation, energy efficiency, and the extension of landfill lifespans. Imagine the impact of recycling the remaining 7.6 billion containers!
Commonly Asked Questions
NO: Plastic Bags • Garbage • Animal Waste • Tires • Household Hazardous Waste • Dirt • Rocks • Flower pots • Palm Fronds • Pampas Grass
RECYCLING MARKET DEVELOPMENT ZONE
The Recycling Market Development Zone (RMDZ) program merges recycling with economic growth to create new businesses, expand existing ones, generate jobs, and divert waste from landfills. This program offers loans, technical support, and free product marketing to businesses that utilize materials from the waste stream for manufacturing. To participate, a business must be located in an RMDZ Zone.
For additional information about RMDZ Zones, please visit the following websites:
SB-1383: Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions Through Organic Waste Diversion
Senate Bill 1383 (SB-1383) is a California state law designed to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions by diverting organic materials, including food waste, yard waste, and soiled paper products, away from landfills. This legislation mandates that all businesses, multi-family communities, and single-family residences take steps to comply with organic waste diversion requirements. Additionally, SB-1383 aims to increase edible food recovery by 20% by the year 2025.
Starting January 1, 2022, all businesses, schools, multi-family communities, and single-family residences are obligated to divert food scraps, soiled paper, and yard waste into designated organics bins or carts. Beginning January 1, 2024, local jurisdictions may enforce penalties for non-compliance with SB-1383 regulations.
Compliance and Implementation:
The City of Madera offers a straightforward approach to meet the SB-1383 requirements. For single-family residences, three types of bins are provided: gray for general trash, blue for recyclables, and green for yard waste, soiled paper, and food scraps. The key objective is to ensure that food and yard scraps are correctly placed in the green organics cart.
Tips for Proper Food Waste Disposal:
Maintaining Clean and Odor-Free Carts:
To keep your organics cart clean and deter pests, you can prepare a solution by mixing vinegar and water in a spray bottle. You may also add your favorite essential oil to the mix to reduce odors.
For more detailed information on what items should go into each trash cart, please visit the Gray, Green & Blue Containers section of this webpage.
Edible Food Recovery Program
To learn about the Edible Food Recovery Program, view the Food Recovery Organizations and Services Directory.
Guide to SB 1383 Video
To further understand how to effectively implement SB-1383 in your household, please watch this informative video: SB-1383 Implementation Guide.