Solid Waste

Solid Waste TruckEnvironmental Health Division is certified by the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (Cal Recycle) and designated by the local governing body (County Board of Supervisors) to act as the Local Enforcement Agency (LEA). It is the LEA's responsibility to enforce State Minimum Standards for Solid Waste Facilities Permits (SWFP) and Closure/ Post-closure Maintenance Plans; enforce terms and conditions of SWFP's and investigate complaints concerning violations of laws designated to the LEA for enforcement.

General Solid Waste

The general solid waste section is intended to provide information on more generalized solid waste topics and related websites.

To learn more, view the General Solid Waste information below.


Environmental Health Division supports and assists the County Solid Waste Management Division that implements the county's Recycling Program.

Visit the Recycling page for more information.

Household Hazardous Waste

Proper disposal of household hazardous wastes (HHW) protects both the health of the public and the environment.

Visit the Household Hazardous Waste page for more information.

Medical Waste

Medical Waste is any biohazardous waste, pathology, pharmaceutical or trace chemotherapy waste not regulated by the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). Biohazards can include waste contaminated by fluid blood, body fluids that may potentially contain infectious agents, pharmaceuticals, and sharps. Medical waste is regulated under the Medical Waste Management Act. In Butte County, the California Department of Public Health implements the medical waste program. Butte County has a sharps collection program and collection kiosks stationed at several county sites.

Visit the Medical Waste page for more information.


Improper disposal of waste tires can lead to potential environmental problems, including providing harborage sources/ sites for vermin and mosquitoes. When waste tires burn they can result in hazardous waste releases. When tires are properly disposed of, they can be recycled or reused to make other useful products.

Visit the Tires page for more information.

Green Waste / Composting

Turning your discarded lawn clippings, tree trimmings and other green waste into compost is good for the environment and reduces the amount of organic material that gets disposed of in the landfill.

Visit the Green Waste / Composting page for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Here you will find a list of questions with answers or links to pertinent websites. If you have questions that are not included or would like additional information you can call Butte County Environmental Health at 530-552-3880.

View the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) (PDF) document for more information.

General Information

The general solid waste section is intended to provide information on more generalized solid waste topics and related websites.