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This year Butte Environmental Council is participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving. 


Come join us as we celebrate our members for their support, share recent achievements & highlight plans for the new year!  

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Recycling and Rubbish Education (RARE)


The RARE program has now ended.  The RARE program ran from September 2013 to July 2016, and reached over 5,600 students in Butte County.  

A huge thank you to Butte County Department of Public Works for funding the program!!

Recycling education will continue under the leadership of Butte County. Visit to stay updated on new developments. Remember the "Four R's":  Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Rot!!


Click an icon below for more information about a specific RARE program

classroom workshop oil recycling
Field Trips

Check out our Teacher's Resources Page to find worksheets, curriculum, and visuals for teaching the "Four R's".

About RARE

     The Recycling and Rubbish Education (RARE) program has been an innovative and successful county-wide, county-funded educational outreach program since 2001. RARE was originally facilitated by CSU Chico as an educational exhibit until 2012. In 2013, Butte Environmental Council was selected to carry on and improve the legacy.

     RARE has developed various mobile educational materials which accompany the RARE facilitators as they visit 57 or more classrooms and 6 or more public outreach events each year, allowing us to greatly increase our education and engagement.


RARE in the News:

11/22/2013 OROVILLE Mercury Register — Grade-school children were full of questions and comments Thursday as they participated in a workshop on recycling at Bird Street School.  [Includes 3 short videos of RARE in action!]
11/3/2013 - Growing Up Chico -- When it comes to waste, “there is no away.” This is an important life lesson that the Butte Environmental Council hopes to impart to local students, teachers and community members with their new recycling education program.
9/12/2013 - Action News Now -- After being on hiatus for a year, a local recycling education program is making its way back to Butte County. Starting next month, the Butte Environmental Council will be traveling to schools to provide interactive workshops on waste reduction. [Includes video of news broadcast.]
9/3/2013 - Gridley Herald -- The Butte Environmental Council (BEC) is excited to announce the return of RARE – The Recycling and Rubbish Education program. BEC Board of Directors president, Mark Stemen states, “For BEC, this recycling education program takes us back to our roots."

Butte County Recycling: 

Click here to be redirected to,  a website for all recycling information for Butte County.  Including locations for drop-off of mattresses, e-waste, hazardous waste, tires, and more.

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