Gilton Solid Waste Management

A Heritage of Customer Service

The Gilton Family of Companies

Gilton Solid Waste Management

With corporate offices in Oakdale, California, Gilton Solid Waste Management, Inc. is an innovative, full-service waste management company that specializes in the collection, transport, processing, and diversion of waste generated by residents and businesses. We focus on fully-integrated solutions that result in the most environmentally sound, cost-effective programs.

Gilton Resource Recovery

Located in Modesto, California, Gilton Resource Recovery / Transfer Facility, Inc. operates a transfer facility that processes source separated organics and commingled recyclables, residential, commercial, industrial, and public haul refuse. Our services also include composting, product destruction, and efficient recycling of food and beverage waste into high quality ingredients.

Together, the Gilton Family of Companies provides the highest level of dedication and care to our customers and works to improve the environmental and economic health of the California communities we serve.

our mission

Our Mission

Gilton will provide the highest quality waste management services to all of our customers while constantly working to ensure the protection and improvement of the environment and the communities we serve.

Our Leadership

We have been a family owned and operated company since 1947. We are currently owned and operated by the 3rd generation. We have built the foundation of this company on faith and family which leads us to an honest commitment to each individual customer, colleague, and business partner.

  • Our History

    1947 June 7 – Company was founded by T.F. Gilton as Airport Garbage on Benson Avenue in Modesto to provide waste collection service to 600 customers in the City of Modesto

    1947 Began providing service to Stanislaus County

  • Our History

    1962 – Company ownership transferred to sons, Eugene and Leroy Gilton, and was relocated to Mono Drive in Modesto

    1962 Obtained contract to service the City of Oakdale

    1962 Company builds roll-off trucks for delivering big bins

    1968 Gilton expanded to industrial by starting a drying yard for fruits and vegetables for Del Monte, Contadina, and Tri-Valley. This was the beginning of providing dried nutrients for cattle feed.

  • Our History

    1974 Acquired service for City of Escalon from Frank Varni

    1976 Acquired service for San Joaquin County from Rudy Lagario

    1976 Obtained contract to service the City of Riverbank

    1978 October 1 – Purchased Sanders Brothers waste disposal which expanded the Modesto service area to 45% from 10%

    1980 – July 1 – Company incorporated as Gilton Solid Waste Management, Inc.

    1980 Obtained contract to service Merced County & Merced County Regional Waste Management Authority

  • Our History

    1984 January – Newsprint Curbside Recycling Program began

    1984 Obtain contract to service the City of Livingston

    1986 January – Started providing fully automated residential waste collection services to Oakdale utilizing 90-gallon container on wheels which dramatically reduced crew injuries and eliminated damage to customer cans

    1990 January – Gilton Resource Recovery / Transfer Facility, Inc. completed and opened on McClure Road in Modesto

  • Our History

    1992 Company began composting at McClure Road site

    1995 – Began a fully automated residential green waste collection program which significantly increased residential waste diversion via composting of these materials

    1996 – July 1 – Company ownership transferred to cousins: Richard Gilton, Tedford Gilton, Karen Hardister, and Donna Love

    1997 Began using state-of-the-art ONE-PASS automated vehicles to collect two carts (Organics cart & MSW cart) at same time

    1998 Obtained contract to service the City of Gustine

    2000 Enhanced residential diversion program by adding paper products and food waste in green container

  • Our History

    2003 Began providing curbside bulky item collection services twice a year to residential customers

    2003 Began providing free disposal of CRTs (televisions, computer monitors) to both residents and businesses

    2007 Service area in Modesto increased to 80%

    2008 December 15 – Corporate offices move to Oakdale

    2010 – Created Genesis PureDri Nutrients by drying fruits and vegetables for pet food ingredients

  • Our History

    2011 August – Started drying yard in Tracy

    2011 October – Started drying yard, processing, warehousing, and storage at Port of Stockton

    2014 Opened our Davis storage yard in Riverdale

    2015 Obtained contract to service the City of Hughson

    2015 August 2 – Began supplying our Genesis PureDri Nutrients to Blue Buffalo from our Joplin, Missouri location

    2016 Started drying feed at Weir Avenue in Livingston

    2017 Obtained contract to service the City of Waterford

    2018 January – Awarded Large Business of the Year by Oakdale Chamber of Commerce

  • Our History

    2022 Celebrate 75 years as a family-owned waste management company

Our Focus

Gilton Solid Waste Management, Inc. (GSW) is an innovative, full-service waste management company with a focus on fully-integrated solutions that result in the most environmentally sound, cost-effective programs. We specialize in the collection, transport, processing, and diversion of waste generated by residents and businesses.

Gilton Resource Recovery / Transfer Facility, Inc. (GRR) is a key contributor to GSW’s strength and efficiency.

Our Services Include:

Our motto is, “Give us enough of something, and we’ll find a home for it that is not the landfill.”

Our Heritage

Gilton Solid Waste Management, Inc. (GSW) was originally formed in 1947 as Airport Garbage to provide waste collection services to 600 customers in the city of Modesto. In 1962, company ownership transferred to sons, Eugene and Leroy Gilton, and was relocated to Mono Drive in Modesto. The company continued to grow and expand its service areas which lead to the development and opening of Gilton Resource Recovery / Transfer Facility, Inc. (GRR) on McClure Road in Modesto in 1990.

Both GSW and GRR are currently owned and operated by the 3rd generation. GSW’s footprint has expanded to more than a dozen jurisdictions throughout and including Stanislaus, Merced, and San Joaquin Counties. With a rich history of premier service, this family-run business continues to show the highest level of dedication and care to its customers and works to improve the environmental and economic health of the California neighborhoods it serves.

Our Passion

We are devoted to our employees, customers, communities, and environment. Excellent customer service is at the core of what motivates us. We love taking care of our customers and are passionate about what we do. For more than seven decades, GSW has been setting the standard for trash collection service in the cities and areas of Stanislaus, Merced, and San Joaquin Counties by providing dependable collections, excellent customer relations, and diligent, high quality service to all of our customers and business partners.

Our fleet of ONE-PASS trucks services our residential customers once a week, totaling more than 4.2 million visits per year. We maintain a keen awareness of environmental concerns and regulatory issues and actively serve as a leader in our industry and as part of the Resource Recovery Coalition of California. GSW & GRR are most committed to putting customer service first, reducing landfill usage through recycling innovations, and supporting our seasoned team of employees.

Customer Testimonials

Gilton Solid Waste Management

“Some of the most friendly and caring staff I have ever come across. Addressed any and all problems every time I’ve had to contact them. They explain everything in detail and were more than willing to address concerns or questions that I had. I’m glad that we have them doing our service as I’ve been in other trash companies’ areas and have not received the same level of professionalism and service. I own two companies and have a residence and I had to contact them on several occasions and can say that any of the ladies I’ve talked to there are more than capable of providing excellent service. Thank you.”

Guy B.

Customer Testimonials

Gilton Solid Waste Management

“Trash pick-up is always on time”

Cammy Y

Customer Testimonials

Gilton Solid Waste Management

“We would like to say thank you for many years of good garbage service for ourselves and our neighbors. Your drivers are reliable, polite, and very professional. There is no scattering of garbage when they operate the can lifts.”

Myron & Sue W

Customer Testimonials

Gilton Resource Recovery

“Great place to throw unwanted items. Prices are great”

Jamie G

Customer Testimonials

Gilton Resource Recovery

“Fantastic personnel. Always very helpful, always very knowledgeable. Makes the whole process of getting rid of stuff a lot less hassle. Thank you very much!”

Coffee H

Customer Testimonials

Gilton Resource Recovery

“Best DUMP in Stanislaus County. I never go anywhere else. You want the best rates, Gilton Resource Recovery is the best choice.”

Travis from M5 Hauling

Customer Testimonials

Gilton Resource Recovery

“Really like going here. All the employees I’ve had contact with are extremely friendly. Especially Kenneth in the dump station. Very helpful and always gives good information that makes each trip there easier. Even helps me guide in my trailer every time. I see the way he and other employees interact with customers and a very impressed with him and as well as the others. Employees I would definitely like to have as a business owner.”

Guy B

Customer Testimonials

Gilton Resource Recovery

“If you need to get rid of junk, this is the place to go, lines are usually short, everything moves pretty fast, if you have a dump trailer even better, everyone I have ran into that is employed with Gilton are good people, they want to get you in and out asap. Highly recommended.”

Nathan S

Careers

It is a very exciting time to be part of the Gilton team as we continue to make a positive impact on the cities and communities that we serve. If you want to be part of something special in a family-oriented company that values its employees and customers, come join our team.

Explore how Gilton can help you achieve your career goals while maintaining the needed work/life balance in a fun, friendly, and supportive team environment.