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Final Phase of Residential Recycling Program Reaches Tahoe Donner

Post Date:05/26/2020 12:30 PM



Final Phase of Residential Recycling Program Reaches Tahoe Donner

Residential recycling carts will be delivered to Tahoe Donner homeowners who have opted-into the program between May 18 – June 5, as the three-year recycling cart rollout reaches the final Truckee neighborhood. Over 2,200 Tahoe Donner residents have subscribed to the recycling cart program, with over 5,500 residents opted-in town-wide. Residents from any neighborhood who would still like to order a recycling cart can do so by calling Tahoe Truckee Sierra Disposal Customer Service at (530) 583-7800. Delivery fees will be applied, or carts can be picked up by the resident for no charge until June 30, 2020.


Beginning in October of 2018, the residential recycling cart program has been phased into Truckee neighborhoods over the last three years. Intended to match our Town’s sustainability goals by eliminating the need for plastic bags and increasing the rate of materials recycled by utilizing a separate collection system, the recycling cart program has prevented an estimated 150,000 plastic bags from being sent to landfill.


Along with recycling carts, additional residential services added in 2018 include yard waste carts, two times per year bulky item pickups, four times per year scheduled trash overages, and an online customer service portal. Bulky item pickups include large pieces of furniture, including a couch or mattress, that can be picked up curbside by simply calling TTSD to request the service. Scheduled trash overages include three extra bags or cans of waste collected on a resident’s regular trash day, and can be scheduled through the new online customer portal. Also within the customer portal, residents can sign up to receive up-to-date email notifications for any service charges and register for paperless billing. Residents who haven’t signed into the online portal can do so at To register a new account, residents need their customer account number and invoice number, which can be found on a recent bill from TTSD or by calling TTSD Customer Service at (530) 583-7800.


The first collection day for Tahoe Donner recycling carts will be Tuesday, June 9. Recycling carts are serviced on your trash day, every-other-week, on the opposite week of yard waste collection. A service calendar can be found at Residents can also subscribe to pick-up day e-mail reminders for weekly updates on the cart collection schedule. Regular trash and blue bags for recycling will continue to be collected on your trash day, curbside or in a bear box. Blue bags should be placed next to your trash can.


Recycling carts should be wheeled to the street for servicing. TTSD also offers a push/pull service where carts can be rolled in and out on your service day with a paid subscription. Residents can contact TTSD Customer Service to set up this subscription at (530) 583-7800.


Acceptable items in recycling carts include CLEAN and EMPTY plastics #1 and #2, glass, metal cans, cardboard, and paper. The recycling symbol on the bottom of all plastic containers indicates which grade of plastic the container is made from. Plastics #1 and #2 are typically found in durable liquid containers such as water bottles, milk jugs, laundry detergent, and shampoo containers.


Food and liquid should never go in the recycling bin. Food and liquid contaminate all the materials in the recycling load, and prevent the items from being recycled. To ensure your materials get recycled, be sure to empty all liquids, scrape out all solids, and confirm all items are clean and dry.


Commonly misplaced items that should go in the trash include food-soiled paper, such as used napkins and paper towels, wax-lined containers, like coffee cups and almond-milk boxes, and numbers 3-7 plastics. Check what number plastic your container is by finding the number inside a recycling symbol on the bottom of your plastic container.


Although recycling prevents items from going to landfill, remember that reducing the waste you generate in the first place is the most environmental solution. Reduce, reuse, and recycle as the last resort.


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