No, residents must choose to opt in to receive both green and blue containers. Residents can continue to use blue bags for recycling. There will also be two recycling drop-off locations in town available during busy summer months. Residents, however, cannot continue to use green bags after June 30, 2018. There will be two alternative yard waste disposal options: yard waste dumpster rentals and drop-off services at Eastern Regional Landfill.
Will these new containers fit in my bear box?
The new containers will not fit in standard sized bear boxes. If storage and placement are issues at your residence, the opt-out option may be best for you. There are large bear boxes that would fit the new recyclables carts. Residents exploring this option should note that the recycling carts would still have to be brought curbside on pick-up days. We heavily explored other options that could accommodate bear boxes'unfortunately, these options were extremely costly due to the manual nature of servicing bear boxes.
Did the Town consider recycling containers that fit inside of bear boxes?
Yes, the Town did consider this option. Unfortunately, the cost of servicing recycling bins stored in bear boxes would have significantly increased service rates.
Can I keep my containers next to my bear box?
The Town of Truckee does not regulate where you store your containers on your property as long as they are out of Town right-of-way. Some home owners associations, however, do have rules about the locations of waste containers. If you have a neighborhood home owners association, please check with them regarding storage requirements.
Does it cost more to use these containers?
Trash and recycling rates for all Truckee residents will increase in the coming years. All residents will have the same rate increase regardless if they decide to opt out of the new services. These rates will cover the cost of the infrastructure required to give the option of new services for all Truckee residents. The exact rate changes will be published in the Town Council agenda package.
When will these changes impact me?
All Truckee residents will be moving to the new yard waste services in 2018. Truckee residents will receive a service notification in the spring that will allow them to opt out of the green cart program or elect to receive up to three 96-gallon green carts. After June 30, 2018, green bags will not be accepted. Recycling service changes are rolling out in three phases. Residents of the Glenshire neighborhood will receive recyclables containers in September 2018 to begin use October 1, 2018. Remaining Truckee neighborhoods excluding Tahoe-Donner will start using blue carts in 2019. Tahoe-Donner residents will begin using recyclables carts in 2020.
Will communal drop-off locations be available?
Yard waste can be dropped off at the Eastern Regional Landfill either by the home owner or by a contractor or friend on behalf of the home owner. There will be two new locations for recycling drop-off during the summer months. The sites of those locations have not been finalized.
How else can I dispose of yard waste without green bags or carts?
Residents have the option to rent 6-yard dumpsters at a discounted rate. These dumpsters allow residents to remove waste very efficiently. Dumpsters must be reserved in advance. TTSD will then drop off a dumpster at your house and pick it up after one week. This program has been so successful bins have been selling out. The new contract will increase the number of dumpsters available to residents to make this option more accessible. Residents may also drop off up to six yards of yard waste for free at Eastern Regional Landfill. The new service changes will also allow a contractor or friend to drop off yard waste for free on your behalf by providing a unique customer code. Codes will be provided on the new online customer service system.