Keep Truckee Green - Small Acts. Big Impact.

You don’t have to do much to do a lot.

Every day we make dozens of choices about what products we buy, how to use them and how we dispose of them. These everyday decisions may seem small, but they impact the environment. When we understand the importance of our daily decisions, we’re empowered to make a difference.

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle as the last resort.

Use reusable picnicware rather than disposables. You’ll start saving money and the planet with just a few uses. Over 40 billion* plastic utensils are used every year in the U.S., and over 780,000 tons** of plastic and foam cups and plates were discarded in 2008.
*Estimate source
**Estimate source: The EPA, 2008
choose glass
Choose items recyclable in Truckee — they are always a better choice. When shopping, go for glass or paper over plastic, foil pouches and mixed material packaging.

Choose cloth or paper. Most disposable cleaning or “flushable” wipes create costly damages to sewer lines and never degrade in landfills. If you must use them, always put them in the trash.
food storage
Choose reusable storage containers instead of plastic bags. Make sure all plastic film and plastic bags and baggies get bundled together and recycled in the Plastic Film Recycling container at Safeway. Trillions of plastic film food bags get used every year, but only 12.9% get recycled. Most end up in landfills.
egg cartons
It may surprise you, but plastic egg cartons use fewer resources than other carton types and are 100 percent recyclable. Most paper cartons are made from short fibers and are not recyclable. Foam is the worst choice.
paper towels
Choose cloth over paper towels. It can save millions of trees and millions of gallons of water used in manufacturing the disposable towels.
plastic cups
Ditch plastic cups and stirrers. Your favorite après-ski beverage will taste better in a glass with a quick swirl of ice.
Just say no to disposable straws. Use paper, stainless steel or glass straws. Commit to asking for no straw when you request any beverage or cocktail, even water. [Source]
a better way to-go
Choose a draft beer instead of a bottle or can. Maybe even grab a refillable growler to go.