I just moved to Truckee. How does the solid waste collection system work?
Trash is serviced in a 32-gallon trash can provided by the customer. Each resident also has the option to sign up to receive 1 recycling cart and up to 3 green waste carts both serviced every-other-week. Green waste carts are only serviced May - October, starting July 2018. Recycling carts are beginning service in Glenshire in October 2018, and will begin in the rest of Truckee neighborhoods (except Tahoe Donner) in October 2019, and Tahoe Donner in October 2020. 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 are the new changes with green waste and recycling?
To find out your pick-up day, call TTSD at 530-583-7800. Set up a pick-up day e-mail reminder here.
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.
My trash was not picked up or there was an issue with my collection/billing.
Contact TTSD directly at 530-583-7800.
What is “can averaging” and why did it end?
Previously, each resident was allowed 13 trash cans each quarter, regardless of when they put them out for collection. For example, residents could not put out trash for one week, and put out two trash cans the next week at no additional cost. Under the new franchise agreement with TTSD starting July 2018, the “can averaging” program has ended. Instead, each resident’s base rate allots them one trash can per week. This program ended to discourage residents from putting out extra trash at no extra cost thus standardizing the trash service every resident is allotted. Ultimately, the program aims to reduce the amount of trash sent to the landfill.
Why was I charged a trash overage?
Each resident is allotted one 32-gallon can of trash per week. Residents who regularly produce two cans of trash can subscribe to a two-can service each week for $13.70/month. An overage charge may be incurred if:
Cardboard or trash is outside a trash can (cardboard in blue bags is accepted at no cost)
Trash can contents exceed the height of the trash can
An extra can is used
Note: Blue bags for recycling must be placed next to the trash can. Blue bags placed in the trash can that exceed the height of the can will be counted as an overage.
For specific questions regarding your bill, please contact TTSD at 530-583-7800
What is a scheduled overage and how do I use one?
Up to 3 extra cans (96-gallons) of additional waste can be picked up for FREE on your normal service day. Overages may include trash or green waste in bags or customer-provided cans, only. Green waste carts or recycling carts will not be serviced for an overage. Simply call TTSD at 530-583-7800 prior to your service day to schedule.
What goes in a recycling cart or 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.
Why are we sorting recyclables when the processing facility does it for us anyway?
Business and homeowners are encouraged to sort because recyclables stay cleaner and are more likely to be recycled rather than relying entirely on the processing facility to separate them out.
How do I dispose of green waste?
Yard waste disposal options include green waste carts, reduced rate dumpster rentals, and self-hauling to Eastern Regional Landfill. Visit our green waste disposal page for more information on which green waste disposal option will best suit your needs.
What goes in a green waste cart?
Place pine needles, pine cones, grass clippings, branches, twigs, shrubs, and dead wood in your green waste cart. No construction debris, dirt, rocks, plastic bags, food waste, trash, or pet waste.
Green waste carts are serviced every-other-week, May - October.
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.
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 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. For more information, visit http://www.waste101.com/hazardous-materials/.
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
More information on disposing and recycling used motor oil and filers. Contact Town of Truckee at 530-582-2496 if you'd like free oil change kits.
Where can I take household batteries?
The following locations collect batteries: Truckee Town Hall, Glenshire Clubhouse, Mountain Hardware, Glenshire Elementary School, Alder Creek Middle School, Truckee Tahoe Radio Station, SnowTech, Tahoe Truckee Lumber, New Moon Natural Foods, ERL Transfer Station, Swigward's Hardware, Kings Beach Hardware
Batteries can also be collected curbside by placing them in a bag on top of your trash container on your pick-up day. To prevent starting a fire, put electrical tape on each battery terminal.
Where can I drop off plastic bags/film plastics to be recycled?
Look for the white boxes outside Truckee Safeway and Save Mart. Or search for another drop off location here.
How does the CRV program work?
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.