Public Works
Welcome to the Butte County Department of Public Works, serving its residents since 1850. The Public Works Department maintains approximately 1,300 miles of roadways, including over 500 bridges and drainage structures and more than 18,000 road signs. Our goal is to provide you with the best customer service possible. If you are unable to find what you are looking for on our website, please call our office for more personal service.

The following wastes are generally considered to be non-hazardous or inert, and are acceptable at the Neal Road Recycling & Waste Facility.

Municipal Solid Waste

  • Food and food products
  • Paper (newspaper, office paper, paper products)
  • Cardboard, boxboard
  • Tin
  • Dried empty paint cans
  • Rubber products
  • Dirt, concrete, asphalt, construction rebar, rocks
  • Roofing paper, shingles (non-asbestos)
  • Plant residues of agricultural origin
  • Styrofoam
  • Fabric, clothing, textiles
  • Cannery waste (less than 10 percent moisture)
  • Glass, porcelain, ceramics
  • Yard trimmings, wood waste
  • Sheetrock, drywall
  • Furniture, carpet
  • PVC plastic, plastic
  • Empty containers
  • Non-contaminated cleanup rags

Special Wastes

  • Tires
  • Non-friable asbestos shingles and siding is acceptable if wrapped in heavy plastic, taped, or otherwise secured for special burial (friable asbestos is not acceptable for disposal)
  • Any metal, plastic, or glass containers used for liquid or powder chemicals must be processed by rinsing and draining, or some other approved decontamination method. Otherwise, containers must be empty, opened, and dry
  • Triple-rinsed empty pesticide containers
  • Medical wastes (if rendered not infectious via autoclave or other approved treatment method). No red bags, sharp medical instruments, or containers allowed with evidence of effective treatment.
  • Dirt and other construction wastes may not be contaminated with chemicals or other hazardous material or hazardous wastes.
  • Empty containers (i.e., aerosol cans, paint cans) or containers with dry materials (ie., solid paint)

Hazardous Wastes Accepted at the Neal Road Recycling & Waste Facility

The following wastes are generally considered to be hazardous wastes and are acceptable for recycling/disposal at the Neal Road Recycling & Waste Facility. Ask Scale House Attendent for procedures for disposal.

  • Motor Oil
  • Oil Filters
  • Car Batteries
  • Refrigerators
  • Fluorescent tubes and Compact Fluorescent Bulbs

Typical Wastes NOT Acceptable at Neal Road Recycling & Waste Facility

The following wastes are generally considered to be hazardous wastes and are not acceptable for disposal at the Neal Road Recycling & Waste Facility.

  • Abrasive cleaners and powders
  • Acid sludge
  • Adhesives, glues, cements
  • Aerosol cans containing any pressure or fluid
  • Air reactive or water reactive solids or liquids
  • Air-conditioning refrigerant
  • Alkaline caustic liquids
  • Ammonia-based cleaners
  • Ammunition, gun powder
  • Ant and roach killers
  • Antifreeze
  • Any solvents or acids, other than water
  • Ash (incinerator waste)
  • Auto body filler
  • Automotive cleaners (carburetor cleaner, chrome polish)
  • Automotive Supplies
  • Batteries, battery acid, corrosive battery fluid
  • Bilge water
  • Bleach cleaners
  • Boiler cleaning waste
  • Building, Paints, and Woodworking Supplies
  • Bunker oil
  • Butane lighters
  • Car wax and polish
  • Caustic sludge and wastewater
  • Chemical fertilizers
  • Chemical toilet pumpings
  • Chemistry sets
  • Cleaning solvents or acids
  • Clothing and chemical dyes
  • Compressed gases (flammable or non-flammable)
  • Corrosives
  • Data processing fluids
  • Disinfectants
  • Explosives
  • Flammable gases, liquids, or solids
  • Fluorescent lamps with ballast and tubes
  • Fly ash
  • Freon gas
  • Friable asbestos
  • Fuel additives
  • Fungicides
  • Furniture and floor polish
  • Garden and Pet Supplies
  • Gasoline, diesel fuel, fuel wastes
  • Glue, cement
  • Grease and rust solvents
  • Hair permanent, colorant, and straightener solutions
  • Herbicides
  • Insecticides (organophosphates)
  • Kerosene, lamp oil
  • Lime and sulfur sludge
  • Liquid enamel, latex, acrylic, and water-based paints (dried solids are acceptable)
  • Lubricating oil (Motor oil accepted)
  • Model glue and paint
  • Mothballs and flakes
  • Nail polish, polish remover, cuticle remover
  • Oil ash
  • Other Waste
  • Oven cleaners
  • Oxidizers, organic peroxides
  • Paint or varnish remover, strippers
  • Paint thinner, turpentine, mineral spirits
  • Pesticides
  • Pet care products (flea powder, tick powder, shampoo)
  • Pharmaceuticals (chemotherapy drugs)
  • Photographic chemicals and solutions
  • Pickling liquor
  • Plating wastes
  • Poison gases
  • Pool chemicals
  • Printer ink
  • Radioactive wastes
  • Rat, mouse, and gopher poisons
  • Resins, fiberglass, epoxy (dried solids are acceptable)
  • Rubber cement thinner
  • Rug and upholstery cleaners
  • Rust paints, metal primers
  • Shoe dye, polish and paste
  • Snail and slug poisons
  • Soda ash
  • Soil fumigants
  • Spot removers
  • Stains, finishers
  • Starter fluid
  • Sulfonation oil
  • Tanning sludge
  • Thermometers with mercury
  • Toilet cleaners
  • Transmission and brake fluid
  • Used chemical solutions (cyanide, used acids)
  • Wood preservatives (creosote, penta-chlorophenol)



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Butte County Public Works
Phone:    530.538.7681
Fax:        530.538.7171


Neal Road Recycling and Waste Facility

Phone:    530.345.4917
Fax:        530.645.1820


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Butte County Public Works
7 County Center Dr.
Oroville, CA 95965

Regular hours 7:30am to 4:00pm.  Closed all holidays.

Neal Road Recycling and Waste Facility
1023 Neal Road
Paradise, CA 95969

Regular hours 7:00am to 4:00pm

Monday thru Sunday

New Year's Day, Easter, July 4th, Thanksgiving day, Christmas day: Closed

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7 County Center Drive
Oroville, CA 95965

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