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Oroville, CA – The sun is out today and Butte County residents are cleaning up from the recent set of storms. Many residents are finding fallen tree limbs, branches, and leaves on their property. The County encourages residents who are cleaning up green and wood debris to take it to a compost facility in their community instead of bringing it to the Neal Road Recycling and Waste Facility (Neal Road Facility) where it must be put in the landfill rather than recycled due to recent changes. The Neal Road Facility stopped accepting green and wood waste for recycling on December 1, 2016 after the closure of several biomass energy plants left the facility without a outlet for the material.
Green and wood waste has a beneficial use as source material for compost. Compost and green waste collection facilities accepting green and wood waste are available in Chico, Oroville, Paradise, and the Gridley, Biggs communities. Taking this waste to a local facility can save a trip out to Neal Road and keep this material out of the landfill.
Historically, the Neal Road Facility has been able to recycle green and wood waste because it could be ground up and sent to biomass energy plants for conversion to energy. The money the biomass plants paid for the wood chips covered the cost to haul it away and kept the bulky material out of the landfill. This recycling option allowed the Neal Road Facility to take green and wood waste at a reduced fee. Recent closure of many biomass plants in California means the Neal Road Facility can no longer recycle the green and wood waste it receives. There was no change for residents with commercial green waste pickup as those waste haulers already take this material to local or regional compost facilities.
Compost and Green Waste Recycling Facilities in Your Community
City of Chico Compost Facility
4441 Cohasset Road, Chico
Ord Ranch Road Transfer Station
119 Ord Ranch Road, Gridley
Recology in Oroville
2720 S. 5th Avenue, Oroville
Old Durham Wood
1156 Oro-Chico Hwy, Durham
Northern Recycling & Waste Service
920 American Way, Paradise