Solid Waste & Recycling

Solid Waste and Recycling


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Solid Waste and Recycling Collection Franchise Services

North Valley Waste Management was issued a Franchise to provide Residential solid waste and recycling services within the Chico City limits. See below for a copy of the Residential Franchise Agreement and current rates:

Waste Management Residential Franchise Agreement

2022-23 Residential Waste & Recycling Rates

2023-24 Residential Waste & Recycling Rates

Franchises for Commercial solid waste and recycling services were also issued to both Recology Butte & Colusa Counties, and Waste Management in designated zones (see map below). The commercial rates are established by the City and are the same for both companies.

Commercial Franchise Zone Maps
Recology Commercial Franchise Agreement
Waste Management Commercial Franchise Agreement

2022-23 Commercial Waste & Recycling Rates

2023-24 Commercial Waste & Recycling Rates

Mandatory Commercial Recycling

California state law (AB 341) mandates recycling for all businesses that generate four (4) or more cubic yards of solid waste per week and multifamily dwellings of five (5) units or more. The purposes of this law is to reduce greenhouse gas(GHG) emissions by diverting commercial solid waste from landfills, and to expand recycling opportunities in California.

A business (including public entities) that generates four cubic yards, or more, of commercial solid waste per week, or is a multifamily residential dwelling of five (5) units or more, shall arrange for recycling services. Businesses can take one, or any combination of, the following in order to reduce, reuse, recycle, compost or otherwise divert solid waste from disposal:

  • Self-haul recyclables to a recycling facility.
  • Subscribe for recycling services from one of the two City permitted waste haulers, North Valley Waste Management or Recology Butte & Colusa Counties.
  • Arrange for the pickup of the recyclable materials by a non-profit or another entity, provided that there is no charge for this pickup service.

Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling

In October of 2014 Governor Brown signed AB1826 Chesbro, requiring businesses to recycle their organic waste on and after April 1, 2016, depending on the amount of waste they generate per week. Organic waste means food waste, green waste, landscape and pruning waste, nonhazardous wood waste, and food-soiled paper waste that is mixed in with food waste

The law phases in the requirements on businesses, including multifamily residential dwellings that consist of five or more units,* over time based on the amount and type of waste the business produces on a weekly basis, with full implementation realized in 2019. The implementation schedule is as follows:

  • January 1, 2017: Businesses that generate four (4) cubic yards of organic waste per week shall arrange for organic waste recycling services.
  • January 1, 2019: Businesses that generate four cubic yards or more of commercial solid waste per week shall arrange for organic waste recycling services.
  • Summer/Fall 2021: If CalRecycle determines that the statewide disposal of organic waste in 2020 has not been reduced by 50 percent of the level of disposal during 2014, the organic recycling requirements on businesses will expand to cover businesses that generate two (2) cubic yards or more of commercial solid waste per week.


Additional Recycling information

Medical Sharps/ Medication Disposal

Click here for drop off locations to safely dispose of your home medical needles and sharps.

City Contact Information

Solid Waste/Recycling Information, (530) 896-7220

Linda Herman
Park & Natural Resources Manager
Public Works Department
965 Fir Street (physical address)
P.O. Box 3420 (Mailing address)
Chico CA  92927
Phone: (530) 896-7241

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Residential Curbside Recycling

Curbside recycling is easy and convenient. Recycling service is available to Chico residents as a part of your regular trash collection service provided by North Valley Waste Management.

All of your recyclables can be placed in the bins without sorting. Large cardboard pieces may be bundled and placed next to the bin and additional recycling containers are available by request. The recycling container is collected weekly on the same day that your trash is collected. On collection day, just place your recycling container on the curb for collection.


Electronic Wastes

What is E-waste?

E-waste is a popular, informal name for electronic products nearing the end of their “useful life.” Computers, televisions, VCRs, stereos, copiers, and fax machines are common electronic products. Many of these products can be reused, refurbished, or recycled.


Household Hazardous Waste

Many household products contain hazardous chemicals. Paints, cleaners, used motor oil or any products that say “Danger,” “Poison,” “Warning,” or “Caution” on the label are harmful and must not be thrown in the trash, poured down the drain, or dumped into the gutter.


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. 


Used Oil Recycling

Why Recycle Used Oil?

Recycling Used Oil Benefits You, Your Family, and the Environment!

  • protects the water supply, including your drinking water, by keeping oil from seeping into the ground;
  • prevents oil pollution in recreational waterways—storm drains commonly lead to streams, bays, rivers, and oceans;
  • prevents plant, soil, surface water, and ground water contamination; and
  • helps you keep your community’s environment safe and clean.

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. 

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