Multifamily Recycling


Recycling is convenient and easy.  Minutes a week is all that is necessary to contribute to a successful recycling program. This is why the City of Chico requires that recycling service be made available to persons living in multifamily housing or apartment complexes. 

The Chico Municipal Code requires that all owners of multifamily or apartment complexes with four or more units provide at least one 64-gallon recycling container for every 10 units or recycling service of equal capacity for its tenants use.  All you have to do is separate your recyclables from your regular trash and then deposit them into the recycling containers located within your complex, which are usually stored next to the trash containers.

See the list to the right for all of the many items you can recycle through the multifamily recycling program.  Or if you would like more information on how to participate in the multifamily recycling program, click here for a copy of the Multifamily Recycling Brochure.

Please contact your property manager or owner if you do not know where the recycling containers are located or if your complex does not have recycling containers.  Or if you need further assistance contact, the City of Chico at 896-7220.

Thank you for participating in the multifamily recycling program and in helping the City meets its State mandated recycling goals!

What To Recycle

  • Metals:  Aluminum, tin, & bimetal food and beverage cans. Please lightly rinse tin cans. Labels do not need to be removed.
  • Paper:  All mixed paper, newspaper, magazines, telephone books, and cardboard. Please remove any plastic wrap or inserts from cardboard. Coupons or advertising inserts within newspapers are okay.
  • Glass:  All glass food and beverage containers. Rinse food containers. Labels do not need to be removed.
  • Plastic: All rigid plastic containers with the recycling symbol and the numbers 1 through 7, excluding plastic bags and polystyrene (styrofoam).

What NOT to Recycle 

  • Foil, aerosol cans, pots, pans or scrap metal. 
  • Wax-coated boxes, such as milk cartons, and food contaminated paper or cardboard.
  • Window glass, light bulbs, mirrors, ceramics, and other dishware.
  • Plastic bags, toys, or furniture or styrofoam. 
  • Diapers and other household trash.

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