Why should I recycle?
What can I recycle?
Why is recycling different everywhere?
I’ve heard that my recyclable materials don’t actually get recycled, they get hauled to the dump. Is that true?
What is single-stream recycling?
Should I bag up my materials before placing them in the recycling bin?
Can I recycle ______ ?
When in doubt, which is the better option: recycling or garbage?
What is my collection day?
My trash/recycling was not picked up.
I have a question about my garbage bill.
I have a question about my collection service.
Where can I get my documents destroyed?
When are the Hazardous Waste Events?
When are the Hazardous Waste Events?
Why do stores around town not use plastic bags?
What are the rules about plastic bags?

 

Why should I recycle?
Recycling reduces the amount of valuable materials that end up in our landfills and conserves limited natural resources. Get informed about the importance of recycling with these facts and statistics.

What can I recycle?
Visit our Recycling Guide to find out what goes where, as well as a lot of great tips for reducing and reusing all sorts of items.

Why is recycling different everywhere?
Under US law, recycling programs have to be run at the state and local level, so there is no national standard. What can and cannot be recycled — and how you recycle — can vary even between adjoining towns and cities. This is due to what hauling services and sorting facilities are used, and the economics of transporting and selling recyclable materials into the marketplace.

I’ve heard that my recyclable materials don’t actually get recycled, they get hauled to the dump. Is that true?
Rest assured that your recycling is headed for the sorting facility, not the dump. It costs money to deliver trash to the dump; in the trash hauling world this is called a tipping fee. Conversely, recyclable materials are valuable and can be sold for profit.

That said, some items that are deposited in recycling bins ultimately end up in the trash after they are sorted out at the recycling center, simply because they are deemed not recyclable in the first place and are rejected by sorting machines. This is especially true for items that are “wish-cycled,” meaning that people put them into the recycling hoping the items are recyclable when in fact they are not.

Also, occasionally, a load of recyclables is so heavily contaminated with hazardous materials or non-recyclables that it must be thrown in the trash.

What is single-stream recycling?
Single stream recycling is a sorting method that makes recycling easy for residents. All recyclable materials (glass, plastic, paper, etc.) go into a single cart or bin at the curb, rather than getting separated into multiple bins. Then, sophisticated equipment sorts everything out at the recycling center.

To see how single stream recycling works, watch this video:

Should I bag up my materials before placing them in the recycling bin?
No. Bags can jam up sensitive equipment at the recycling facility and are difficult for workers to deal with.

Can I recycle ______ ?
Use our search tool at the top of this page to find out if you can recycle just about anything. You can also check out our lists of Most Requested items, Top Troublemakers (things you should not recycle), and Special Programs (things that you need to dispose of in a specific way, like electronics).

When in doubt, which is the better option: recycling or garbage?
If you’re unsure what to do with something, you can always use our search tool to find out. But if you don’t have a mobile device or computer handy, throw the item out. Putting non-recyclable items in the recycling can be expensive (labor cost of sorting out non-recyclables and/or lowered resale value of contaminated recyclables), and also even potentially dangerous (workers having to extract items from machinery).

What is my collection day?
Please visit our Collection Schedule page.

My trash/recycling was not picked up.
Please visit our Missed Collection page.

I have a question about my garbage bill.
Billing questions can be directed to Tahoe Truckee Sierra Disposal.

I have a question about my collection service.
Service questions can be directed to Tahoe Truckee Sierra Disposal.

Where can I get my documents destroyed?
Please see our guide item for Office Paper.

When are the Hazardous Waste Events?
Hazardous Waste Events occur monthly. Please visit our Tips, News & Events page.

Why do stores around town not use plastic bags?
By banning single-use plastic bags, Truckee has joined over 100 other California communities in protecting local streams, rivers and lakes from plastic bag litter. Learn more about the campaign ‘Bring It Truckee.’

What are the rules about plastic bags?

  • Truckee’s Single Use Bag Ordinance prohibits all single-use plastic checkout bags.
  • The ordinance applies to all retail stores effective June 1, 2014 (restaurants are currently exempt but encouraged to only provide recycled content paper bags to customers).
  • The ordinance requires a 10¢ minimum charge on all compliant (recycled content paper or reusable) checkout bags.
  • The ordinance charge must be displayed separately on customer receipt.
  • The ordinance allows stores to keep the 10¢ charge.
  • Learn more about the campaign ‘Bring It Truckee.’