Yard Waste Recycling


To make it convenient to recycle your yard waste, the City of Chico established a curbside yard waste recycling program. This program is available through your garbage service provider for an additional monthly fee. 

Lawn clippings, leaves, weeds, prunings and other yard waste make up about a third of the waste taken to the landfill each day. To protect groundwater and the environment, landfills are designed and operated to limit the flow of air, light and water. Without these elements, normal decomposition of yard waste does not take place. Additionally, state law requires cities and counties to reduce the amount of waste going to landfills.

For these reasons, it makes sense to divert yard waste from the landfill by taking it to a facility where it can be recycled into a nutrient-rich compost.

If you choose to participate in the City’s recycling program, you will receive an additional container for recycling your yard waste conveniently at the curb. Place your material into the container so that the lid will close. Because your yard waste will be recycled into useful compost, it is important that the material be kept clean. Please do not use plastic bags or put kitchen waste, paper, or other household trash into the yard waste container.

Your yard waste container will be collected every week on the same day that your regular garbage collection service day. For more information and monthly rates for this program, contact North Valley Waste Management at (530) 893-4777, or Recology Butte Colusa County at (530) 342-4444.

Yard Waste Accepted in Curbside Containers

  • Lawn Clippings
  • Leaves
  • Prunings
  • Scrap Wood (unpainted or untreated_
  • (yard waste must fit in container with lid closed)
  • Bundles of prunings may be placed next the container for collection.  Bundles must be tied and must not exceed 4 feet in diameter.

Yard Waste NOT Accepted

  • No Trash (household trash, kitchen waste, plastic or paper)
  • No Rock
  • No Palms
  • No Pampas Grass
  • No Demolition Materials (treated or painted lumber, plywood, concrete, rock or dirt)
  • Animal waste

City of Chico Compost Facility Hours and Location

The City of Chico also operates a compost facility in which residents and businesses can drop off yard waste for a small fee for recycling.  

Yard waste is also accepted for recycling at a reduced fee at the Neal Road Recycling and Waste Facility. The Facility is open 7 days a week, from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Call 345-4917 for more information.

Greenwaste can also be recycled at the Neal Road Landfill  located at 1023 Neal Road, and Old Durham Wood at 1156 Oro/Chico Highway in Durham. For more information, call Neal Road Landfill at 530-345-4917 and Old Durham Wood at 530-342-7381.

Finished compost is also available for sale at the City’s Facility.

Tuesday-Saturday, except on Holidays, 8:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m.

4441 Cohasset Rd, Chico
(approximately 1/2 mile north of Eaton Rd.)

The cost varies depending on type of vehicle and load size.  Trailers will be considered as separate vehicles. Click here for pricing.

For more information call 624-3529.

Yard Waste Accepted at the Facility

  • Lawn Clippings
  • Leaves
  • Prunings
  • Non-treated or non-painted scrap wood (nails okay)

Yard Waste NOT Accepted

  • Soil or Dirt
  • Trash (household trash, kitchen waste, plastic or paper)
  • Rocks
  • Palms trees or fronds
  • Pampas Grass
  • Demolition Materials (treated or painted lumber, plywood, particle board or concrete)
  • Animal waste
  • Metals

Loads containing these items may be refused or may be subject to a $45 contamination fee.

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