Rethink Single Use.

The Truckee Single-use Bag Ban is only the beginning of community actions that could positively impact our collective landfill waste. Ditching single use form our daily habits is a natural extension of our love of the great outdoors and our go-for-it Truckee lifestyle.

It’s easy. Just bring your own bags with you when you shop.


Together, we can make Truckee even better.



All bags aren’t created equal.

A high-quality reusable bag has the potential to replace 600 thin plastic checkout bags over its lifetime. Truckee’s Single Use Bag Ordinance is not a ban on all plastic bags, but it will reduce over 2.9 million bags that end up in Truckee’s lakes and streams, storm drains and landfills.

Thin plastic bags have an average life span of 12 minutes and contribute to costly hazards by clogging storm drains, polluting landscapes and can be mistaken as food by wildlife.

If we all adopt Reduce Single Use mentality – such as bringing your own bags and not buying products designed for single use – like baggies, straws & paper towels – we can help Truckee reduce the amount of plastic trash sent to landfills significantly.

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Did You Know?

  • In Truckee we collectively use over 2.9 million single use plastic checkout bags per year.
  • The average checkout plastic bag is used for about 12 minutes.
  • Single use plastic bags can remain in the landfill for up to 10,000 years.
  • U.S. retail stores hand out 38 billion single use paper and plastic bags every year.
  • It takes 12 million barrels of oil or its bi-products to make the bags Americans use each year.
  • The United States uses 10 billion paper grocery bags every year, the equivalent of 14 million trees.
  • One high-quality reusable bag can replace 600 thin plastic bags over its lifetime.
  • The average American family takes home nearly 1,500 plastic bags every year.
  • Less than 3% of single use bags are recycled.