Recycling is more than extending the life of our landfill. It is about making the best use of the resources we have available and preserving those resources for future generations. It is about conserving water, energy, land, and materials. It is about creating a sustainable community that values what we have and what future generations deserve to have. When you bury something in the landfill, it's like burying the energy and water it took to create that product.
Hello landfill customers. The Butte County Department of Public Works continues to provide solid waste disposal services at the Neal Road Recycling & Waste Facility (NRRWF), despite the COVID-19 health concerns. For now, the NRRWF remains open from 7 am through 4 pm every day without customer restrictions. One area of concern is the possible transmission of the COVID-19 virus on cash. To reduce potential exposure for both customers and staff; we are asking that, when possible, customers pay the solid waste disposal fees with a credit card, rather than cash or check. The NRRWF only accepts Visa or MasterCard. The NRRWF is NOT able to accept debit cards, Discover cards, or American Express cards.
This will speed up the check-in process, and help keep all of us safe as we navigate these very challenging times.
Thank you for your help in keeping this vital piece of our local economy open.
Per federal regulations please remove doors from all Refrigerators and Freezers before bringing them in to be recycled.
Some of the best things anyone can do to help with recycling are to avoid single-use plastics whenever possible, wipe out containers or give them a quick rinse before you recycle them, or better yet, use your own container for leftovers when you dine out. Keep up the great work recycling, Butte County.
As of January 7, 2018, a certificate from Butte County Environmental Health is required to dispose of fire debris from burned structures at the Neal Road Recycling & Waste Facility.
Property owners with burned structures larger than 120 square feet cannot remove any fire debris at this time. Fire debris can only be removed by the Government Program or by a qualified contractor per the Alternative Program. Disturbing any portion of the ash footprint from burned structures may disqualify you from the Government Program. Learn more about both programs online at the Butte County Recovers - Camp Fire Debris Removal Page.
Visit the Butte County Recovers - Camp Fire Debris Removal page for more information about cleaning up fire debris from the Camp Fire. Follow Butte County on Twitter and Facebook for updates.
City of Chico Compost Facility (Waste Management)
- 4441 Cohasset Road, Chico
- Phone: 530-624-3529
- Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, (except holidays) 8 am to 4 pm
- Non-treated or painted wood waste, lawn clippings, leaves, pruning
- Fees: cost varies; please call ahead of time
Recology Butte Colusa Counties
- 2720 S 5th Avenue, Oroville
- Phone: 530-533-5868
- Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4 pm, Saturday, 8:30 am to 4 pm
- Wood waste, green waste
- Fees: $86 per ton
Neal Road Recycling & Waste Facility
- 1023 Neal Road, Paradise
- Hours: 7:30 am to 4 pm, 7 days a week
- Wood waste, green waste
- Fees: $42.11 per ton
Northern Recycling & Waste Services
- 920 American Way, Paradise (closed until further notice)
- Phone: 530-876-3340
- Recycling Center (closed until further notice)
- Hours: Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm
- Fees: Appliances $5 each $30 for Freon Units
Ord Ranch Transfer Station
- 1/3 mile east of Highway 99, Gridley
- Hours: Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 4 pm
Butte County Residents Only: exchange your 1 pound propane cylinders. Did you know that Propane Cylinders are considered household hazardous waste (HHW)? To learn more, visit the HHW page.
Bring in empty 1 pound propane cylinders for exchange; limited to 1 free while supplies last.
Agricultural Oil Recycling Facilities
Butte County has re-opened both it's Agricultural Oil Recycling facilities. Farmers can now take their clean waste oil to either the City of Biggs Public Works Yard. For details of the program, see our Used Oil Page.
Recycling Drop-off Center
Do you have a lot of the basic recyclable items with no place to take them? The Neal Road Recycling & Waste Facility now has basic recycling drop-off for the basic items that households generate. The following now all can all be brought the Neal Road Facility for recycling:
- Plastics #1, 2, and 5
- Junk Mail
Please, no polystyrene or film plastic. This service offered with the cooperation of Waste Management of Chico.
Recycle your mercury thermostat the right way. You could get a rebate.
Did you know that you can receive a $70,000 fine for throwing out an old mercury thermostat? Avoid this penalty by bringing in your mercury thermostat to your the Butte Regional HHW facility where we will properly recycle them. If eligible, you can even get a $5 rebate from the Thermostat Recycling Corporation when you turn in your thermostat. You'll get rewarded for doing the right thing, avoid the $70,000 penalty, and protect the environment by recycling mercury. To find out more and see if you qualify for a $5 rebate, visit the Thermostat Recycling Corporation Website.
Landfill Gas Extraction Project
Landfill Gas Extraction Project constructed by using over 56,000 California waste tires. Funded by a grant from CalRecycle.
With a grant funded by the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle), the Neal Road Recycling & Waste Facility was able to purchase over 540 tons of waste tire aggregate to aid in the collection of methane gas at the landfill. This tire aggregate takes the place of rock cobble which would have been costly to purchase and transport. The collected methane gas is used generate over two megawatts of electricity at the landfill.
Household Hazardous Waste Facilities
Residents in unincorporated Butte County can now use the 2 Household Hazardous Waste Facilities located in the County.
The Butte Regional HHW Facility in Chico and Recology in Oroville will now accept household hazardous waste from any Butte County Resident. You no longer have to reside in City Chico or Oroville. You still should bring a recent utility bill to determine origin for tracking purposes, will accept any county resident as always.
Free Prescription Drug Take Back Service
Walgreens offers free prescription drug take back service at their Chico, Nord Avenue location.
In the first ongoing national effort of its kind by a retailer, Walgreens has installed safe medication disposal kiosks in more than 500 drugstores in 39 states and Washington, D.C., including their Nord Avenue location in Chico. The program will make the disposal of medications, including opioids and other controlled substances, easier and more convenient while helping to reduce the misuse of medications and the rise in overdose deaths.
The medication disposal kiosks allow individuals to safely and conveniently dispose of their unwanted, unused or expired prescriptions, including controlled substances, and over-the-counter medications, at no cost. The kiosks at Walgreens pharmacies will be available during regular pharmacy hours (24 hours a day at most of these locations) and will offer one of the best ways to ensure medications are not accidentally used or intentionally misused by someone else.