I heard there is no recycling system in Truckee. Is this true?
It's not true! We DO recycle in Truckee. The optional curbside blue bag recycling program is open to all homeowners, multi-family units, and businesses in Truckee. Blue bags can be purchased at local grocery and hardware stores. All mixed, clean recyclables can be placed in secured blue bags and they can be placed on the curb, in your bear box, or in your dumpster to be picked up along with your regular collection.
I just moved to Truckee. How does the solid waste collection system work?
Recyclables are picked up in blue bags, yard waste in green bags, and garbage in a regular sized trash can. Unlimited numbers of blue bags are allowed each week, but only 4 green bags and one regular sized trash can are included as base services. For large green waste disposal, TTSD offers dumpsters at a reduced rate, or you can self-haul to the Eastern Regional Landfill or local drop off events.
What is my collection day?
To find out your pick-up day, call TTSD at 530-583-7800. Set up a pick-up day e-mail reminder here.
My trash was not picked up or there was an issue with my collection/billing.
Contact TTSD directly at 530-583-7800.
Where is my landfill/transfer station?
Truckee residents' waste is hauled to Eastern Regional Landfill Transfer Station, where items are sorted. Recyclables are bundled and eventually shipped to recycling centers and landfill items are sent to Lockwood Landfill. Residents can also self-haul items to the Eastern Regional Landfill. The ERL is located on Cabin Creek Road off Highway 89 just south of Truckee. Visit their site for more information on what is accepted and their rates.
Where can I drop off unwanted clothes, food, and equipment for donation?
Donating items is a great way to reuse and save resources. Local donation locations for food, clothing, shoes, books, seasonal equipment, houseware, furniture, and small appliances can be found here.
What goes in a blue bag?
Clean paper, plastics #1-2, glass, aluminum cans, bi-metal and steel cans, aluminum foil, and clean cardboard are acceptable in blue bags. Unacceptable items include (but are not limited to) contaminated products, Styrofoam, plastic grocery bags, ceramics, wax or plastic coated cartons, Rx bottles, windows, drinking glasses, Pyrex, crystal, light bulbs, mirrors, and dishes.
Where can I purchase green and blue bags?
Certified Truckee blue and green bags can be purchased at: Tahoe Supply Company, Mountain Hardware, Tahoe Donner HOA Member Services, The Office Boss (Safeway and Airport Locations), New Moon Natural Foods
What do I put in green bags?
Acceptable items in green bags include any green waste items that will not pierce or protrude the plastic bag.Truckee's curbside green bag program is to be utilized for maintenance only and only for small quantities. Only four bags are permitted for pick-up each week and each bag must weigh no more than 40 lbs.
I have more than 4 green bags of green waste. What do I do?
Yard waste disposal options for defensible space and large clean ups include neighborhood drop-off days, reduced rate dumpster rentals, and self-hauling to Eastern Regional Landfill. Visit our yard waste disposal page for more information on which green waste disposal option will best suit your needs.
What is defensible space?
A 100 ft clearing of debris and flammable material around homes and buildings is required according to California law (PRC 4291). This space increases the chance of your home surviving a wildfire and also protects firefighters' safety when protecting your home. The first 30 ft surrounding your building must be clear of all flammable vegetation and any dead or dying plants. Beyond those 30 ft, the remaining 70 ft must be a reduced fuel zone. Surface litter in this area, including fallen leaves, needles, twigs, bark, cones, pods, small branches, etc., must not exceed a depth of three inches. Please do not drag any debris or yard waste to the Town right-of-way. It is the responsibility of the homeowner to maintain these materials on their property. CalFire has additional information on defensible space. For yard waste disposal options, visit here.
What is hazardous waste, e-waste and universal waste?
Hazardous waste products contain chemicals and components that are dangerous to the environment, animals, and humans. It is illegal to dispose of these materials in your garbage, as these items must be separated from the general waste system. Universal and e-waste are both considered hazardous waste. Hazardous waste items include (but are not limited to) paint, contaminated motor oil, contaminated gasoline, brake fluid, solvents, automotive chemicals, insecticides, herbicides, drain opener, ammonia, chlorine bleach, pool and spa chemicals, furniture polish, pharmaceuticals, and syringes in rigid plastic containers. Eastern Regional Landfill accepts household hazardous waste for free during special drop off events. Universal waste includes electronic devices (e-waste), batteries, fluorescent light tubes and bulbs, mercury containing equipment, and non-empty aerosol cans. Eastern Regional Landfill accepts universal and e-waste for free during normal business hours.
When is the next household hazardous waste drop off event?
The Eastern Regional Landfill offers free residential household hazardous waste drop off events every 3rd Saturday of each month, plus every Friday May-September. Only residential material is accepted and load limits are 15 gallons or 125 lbs. Appointments must be made prior to drop off by calling TTSD at 530-583-7800.
I am a business that generates hazardous waste, how do I dispose of it?
If your business generates no more than 27 gallons or 220 lbs of hazardous waste per month, you are considered to be a Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator. TTSD provides hazardous waste collection service for these generators by appointment only. Commercial generators of hazardous waste are not allowed to participate in the free residential drop-off events at Eastern Regional Landfill, but may schedule an appointment to self-haul hazardous materials on the 3rd Friday of each month (the Fridays preceding he residential events). Call TTSD at 530-583-7800 for rates and to schedule a drop-off or collection service appointment.
What do I do with my electronic waste?
Eastern Regional Landfill accepts all electronic waste year-round for free recycling.
Where can I recycle used motor and filters?
Certified Used Oil Recycling Centers in Truckee include: Truckee Automotive, Truckee Rents, Inc., O'Reilly Auto Parts, and Eastern Regional Landfill
Certain beverage containers have a refund value. Five cents is given for containers less than 24 oz. and 10 cents is given for containers larger than 24 oz. The Eastern Regional Landfill is the only location in Truckee that offers this redemption. Visit out Beverage container buy back page for more info.