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Whether you’re a business owner, property manager, or resident of the City of Chico, we work with you to tailor recycling, composting, and landfill programs based on your needs. Wondering What Bin it goes in?


Leaves, branches, weeds, and plants go in the green waste cart. Green waste collection is available to all residents in the City of Chico for an additional weekly fee.



Compost services (food scraps) are available to Chico and Oroville commercial customers.  Diverting food from the waste stream significantly reduces the global warming impact from landfills, as decomposing food waste is a major source of the greenhouse gas methane.  Learn more.



Materials like paper, bottles, cans, aluminum and most plastics (no plastic bags!).

Where available, recycling is collected every other week on the same day as your normal refuse collection (with the exception of RZ4 and RZ6 those will be collected weekly).

Butte County residents in areas without curbside collection may still bring their recycling and green waste to the Recology Butte Colusa Counties Transfer Station.


What is trash? Not much! Thin plastics (bags and saran wrap), cat litter, ceramics, and broken glass to name a few. Anything that does not go into the recycling or green waste container can be put into the garbage container (except for hazardous waste).




        • Recycling, green waste and refuse containers are collected by a semi-automated sanitation truck. The automated truck requires ample room to collect containers safely and effectively.
        • Place containers on the curb within 5 feet of edge of the street (service beyond this distance may be subject to an additional fee).
        • Face containers towards the street.
        • Space containers at least 3 feet from other containers, parked vehicles or other obstructions.
        • Place containers at the curb by 6:00am on the collection day. (Includes some holidays.)
        • Containers must not be placed at the curb more than 12 hours before collection and must be removed from the curb on collection day.
        • Containers must not block driveways or other public right-of-way.
        • Containers should be stored at the rear or side of the premises when not set out for collection.

        Contact us for more information on rates and containers.

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