Solid Waste & Recycling

Responsibilities

The Solid Waste Division of the Public Works Department oversees the community waste management and recycling program. This division works with Mid Valley Disposal, the franchise refuse disposal service to provide weekly-up trash collection services and recycling.

Starting Service

To begin disposal services to your address contact the City of Chowchilla Finance Department Utilities Division at 559-665-8615, ext. 783. You can also visit the office at:

Chowchilla City Hall
130 South Second Street
Chowchilla, CA 93610

Utilities service issues should also be directed to the Utilities Division. For specific information on waste disposal and recycling contact Mid Valley Disposal at 559-665-3099.

California Recycling


Business & Multifamily Community Compliance

California State law has established the goal to reduce solid waste disposal by no less than 75% through recycling or composting by the year 2020. While it is the intent of the Legislature to allow local jurisdictions the flexibility to develop and maintain solid waste recycling programs, state law sets a basic outline for solid waste reduction in commercial and multifamily properties.

In the City of Chowchilla the local recycling program along with information on recycling is provided through the City’s contracted waste hauler provider Mid Valley Disposal. Both the City and Mid Valley Disposal are in the process of developing informational programs to encourage the affected businesses and multifamily properties to encourage them to participate and promote recycling to their operations, customers and tenants.

Businesses and multifamily properties are encouraged to visit the websites listed below to get helpful ways to educate their operations, employees, contractors and tenants to come into compliance with the state regulations. Businesses are also encouraged to print and distribute informational flyers. The materials can be found at the on the Institute for Local Government website and on the California Green Business Program website.

Who Must Recycle

State of California and City of Chowchilla law requires any business that generates four cubic yards or more of waste per week, and multifamily communities with five or more units to arrange for recycling services.

How to Arrange for Recycling Services

Businesses that meet the qualification threshold must place source-separated recyclable materials in the bins or containers provided by Mid Valley Disposal. Business may also donate, sell and/or make other arrangements for pick up and recycling of the materials. This includes self-hauling the materials to recycling facilities.

Opportunities to Save Money by Recycling

In the City of Chowchilla you can save money by recycling more and disposing less because recycling fees are less than waste disposal fees.

Opportunities to Save Resources & Help the Environment

Recycling conserves resources and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. It extends the life of our landfills and helps create a healthy environment for our community and future generations.

Be Sure to Educate Your Employees

Employees are key to a successful business recycling program. Make sure your employees know which materials can be recycled and where to place the recyclable materials for temporary storage and ultimate collection. For information on recyclable products visit the CalRecycle Information for Consumers website.

What Not to Place in Recycling Bins

Some hazardous waste can be recycled if handled properly. Other types of hazardous waste must be sent to a special facility. It is important that no hazardous waste should be placed in trash containers.

Hazardous waste such as batteries, paint, antifreeze, chemicals and cleaning products should not be mixed in with your recyclable materials set out for collection. Instead, these hazardous wastes should be recycled or disposed of properly. Electronic devices such as old computers, monitors, TVs, and cell phones are recyclable but also contain hazardous materials. They should not be placed in recycling bins or in trash bins.

Household Hazardous Materials Program

Madera County has programs to help you learn what is hazardous waste and how to dispose of it, view the Household Hazardous Waste page.

Used Motor Oil Collection

Dispose of used motor oil at Certified Collection Centers. For Chowchilla area residents these include:

  • AutoZone
    1633 West Robertson Boulevard
    Chowchilla, CA 93610
    Phone: 559-495-7217
  • Fairmead Landfill
    21739 Road 19
    Chowchilla, CA 93610
    Phone: 559-665-7300

Waste Tire Disposal

Old tires can be disposed of at:

Fairmead Landfill
21739 Road 19
Chowchilla, CA 93610
Phone: 559-665-7300

Tire recycling events are conducted at various times through the year and details are printed in local newspapers.

Where to Get for More Information

Information about California’s mandatory commercial recycling requirements is available from the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle). Information on recycling resources for business and industry is available from the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle). The City of Chowchilla local recycling program is conducted by Mid Valley Disposal. Call them at 559-665-3099 for recycling information.

Information for Apartment Owners-Managers

It is important that both apartment managers and tenants understand the State of California requirements to recycle including which materials can be recycled and where to place them for collection.

  • State law requires multifamily communities with five or more units to recycle.
  • State law requires apartment owners to offer recycling services and residents to recycle. Apartment owners may require tenants to recycle.
  • Consider placing the flyers in areas such as laundry rooms or at garbage collection locations.
  • Consider giving the flyer to new tenants when the lease is signed and annually to all other tenants.
  • Consider including recycling requirements in tenant leases.
  • Information about multifamily recycling can be obtained from the California Apartment Association website.

Construction & Demolition Debris Recycling


California Green Building Code (CALGreen)

The City of Chowchilla is presently developing guidelines to guide the implementation of California Green Building Code (CALGreen) requirements for 50% diversion of waste from construction and demolition projects. In the interim please view and/or download the information brochure provided by Mid Valley Disposal, the City's franchise refuse disposal service company, that has useful information for your upcoming project. For additional information view the Construction and Demolition Debris Services Brochure (PDF).