Yard Waste Recycling

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.

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.

If you choose to participate in this 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 Norcal Waste Systems at (530) 342-4444.

Waste Accepted

  • Lawn Clippings
  • Leaves
  • Prunings
  • Scrap Wood (yard waste must fit in container with lid closed)
  • Bundles must be tied and not exceed four feet in diameter.

Waste NOT Accepted

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


The cost to drop-off yard waste starts at $5.00/compact pickup load and varies depending on vehicle and load size. Trailers will be considered as separate vehicles.

Finished compost is also available for sale at the Facility.

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. See sidebar for more information.

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