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Butte County is a place of natural beauty with countless opportunities for recreation in both rural and urban environments. Many Butte County residents live in one of the five incorporated towns or cities: Biggs, Chico, Gridley, Oroville or Paradise. Butte County government provides services to residents through 23 diverse departments. Services include elections, road maintenance, public safety, solid waste disposal, and health and human services to name a few.

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County Encourages Residents to Recycle Green Waste from the Storm Closer to Home

Take Fallen Tree Limbs, Branches, and Leaves to Facilities in Your Community

Friday, January 13, 2017/Categories: News and Announcements

For immediate release: Monday, January 13, 2017, 9:00 a.m.
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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

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