Fink Road Sanitary Landfill

Aerial View of Landfill

4000 Fink Road
P.O. Box 86
Crows Landing, California 95313
Main: (209) 837-4800
Fax: (209) 837-4802

The Fink Road Sanitary Landfill is owned by Stanislaus County and is operated by the Department of Environmental Resources. The Landfill has been providing municipal solid waste services to Ceres, Hughson, Modesto, Newman, Oakdale, Patterson, Riverbank, Turlock, Waterford, and the unincorporated areas of Stanislaus County since its opening in 1973. It is open to all private citizens, businesses, school districts and local government agencies.

Landfill vs. Dump

A modern landfill is a site engineered to contain solid waste and prevent contamination of air and groundwater. A garbage dump is an unmanaged pile of refuse without control of environmental impacts or scavengers.

The Fink Road Sanitary Landfill is a Class III landfill for the disposal of nonhazardous municipal solid waste.


  • 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday
  • We are closed on: All Sundays, July 4th, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day, and after 12:00pm on Christmas Eve

Uncovered/Unsecured loads

Under California law, all loads arriving at the landfill must be covered/secured. In addition, effective September 1, 2019, general public customers who arrive with loads that are uncovered/unsecured will be charged double the disposal fee or given the option to purchase an 8' X 10' tarp for future use.

Uncovered/unsecured commercial loads will be charged $100.


  • All generators, handlers, transporters, and/or transfer stations delivering treated wood waste to the landfill must be in possession of a Department of Toxic Substances Control TWW variance.
  • All deliveries must be accompanied by a TWW profile Form.
  • TWW is subject to the Special Handling tipping fee of $120 per ton, with a $60 minimum charge.
  • TWW must be separated from all other waste or the full load may be billed at the Special Handling rate of $120 per ton.
  • Residential TWW less than 50 lbs. does not require a DTSC variance. TWW profile Form is required.
  • Residential TWW greater than 50 lbs, requires a DTSC variance: A TWW profile Form is required.
  • Visit the DTSC's Website for more information on TWW Variances.
  • TWW acceptance is subject to change at any time.


  • All fire debris is subject to Special Handling procedures and the tipping fee of $120 per ton.
  • Fire debris will be accepted by appointment only. Please call ahead at: (209) 837-4810 to schedule an appointment for disposal. You will be asked to provide an estimated quantity of the materials to be delivered.
  • Only fire debris from within Stanislaus County will be accepted. Deliveries must be accompanied by proof of where the fire debris originated.
  • Deliveries must be accompanied by analysis that all materials (ash, debris or soil) do not contain asbestos (from a Certified Asbestos Consultant or CalRecycle).
  • All loads must be tarped.
  • Only Phase 2 materials will be accepted (no household hazardous waste).
  • The Fink Road Landfill does not accept Friable Asbestos. You may contact Forward Landfill at: (209) 982-4298.
  • For Non-friable Asbestos disposal, please contact the Stanislaus County Hazardous Materials division at: (209) 525-6700. If approved, an acceptance letter will be provided to you.
  • Ash must be burrito wrapped in at least 6ml plastic.
  • Remove all retrievable appliances such as refrigerators, washers, dryers, water heaters, etc. These items will be subject to additional charges. Our complete fee schedule may be found at: DER Current Fees

Accepted Waste

The landfill accepts most industrial, commercial, and residential waste, including:

  • Household and commercial garbage
  • Construction debris
  • Roofing materials
  • Non-friable Asbestos*
  • Treated Wood Waste
  • Animal remains
  • Concrete / inert materials

* Taken only with approval letter from the County’s Department of Environmental Resources and accepted only Tuesday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Some materials have separate environmental requirements or pricing. You must notify the attendant if you are unloading:

  • Televisions, computers, or electronics (No fee. Call for details.)
  • Appliances (washing machines, dryers, refrigerators, etc.)
  • Mattresses
  • Tires
  • Large and/or bulky items or waste that requires special handling (Must call ahead to arrange for these items)

The landfill does not accept:

  • Car bodies
  • Septic tank waste
  • Liquid waste (including but not limited to sludge, paints, thinners, and used oils)*
  • Cannery waste
  • Closed containers
  • Household batteries (such as AAA, AA, C or D cells)*
  • Car batteries*
  • Fluorescent light bulbs*

* Many of these items not accepted at the landfill may be disposed of at a Household Hazardous Waste collection center or mobile event.


  1. Safety First - Signs are posted and rules are strictly enforced.
  2. For your safety and ours, keep all children and pets in your vehicle. The landfill is considered to be a construction site, and large trucks and heavy equipment move all over the area.
  3. Do not travel outside the area designated for unloading your vehicle. Please be aware of your surroundings.
  4. While unloading, do not throw objects from your vehicle.
  5. Do not back up your vehicle and slam your brakes to dislodge items. If special handling is required, please call ahead to make arrangements.
  6. Unacceptable and/or hazardous wastes cannot be accepted at the landfill. Most Stanislaus County communities have a designated area for these materials. Please call ahead or ask the scale house attendant for information on disposing of these.
  7. All California State vehicle codes are strictly enforced within the landfill.
  8. All loads shall be covered. This is the law and helps keep our roads clear of debris.
  9. Salvaging is strictly prohibited.
  10. Unauthorized areas are strictly off-limits.