Why is the Town of Truckee moving to recycling and yard waste carts?

Every plastic bag that is used will be in the environment for over 100 years. These programs will eliminate the need for recycling and yard waste plastic bags, and bring the Town into compliance with new state regulations related to waste and recycling.

Consistent with our Town’s sustainability goals, the new services will:

  • Prevent up to three million plastic bags from being landfilled over the next 10 years
  • Eliminate the need for Truckee residents to purchase blue recycling and green yard waste bags
  • Prevent recycling contamination
  • Increase the amount of materials that can be recycled

Do I have to use the new carts?

No. Residents must choose to opt in to receive green and blue carts. Residents can continue to use blue bags for recycling. In addition, there will be two recycling drop-off locations in town during busy summer months. Green bags will not be accepted after June 30, 2018. There will be two alternative yard waste disposal options: yard waste dumpster rentals and drop-off services at the Eastern Regional Landfill.

Will it cost more to use these containers?

All residents will have the same rate increase regardless if they decide to opt in or out of the new services. These rates will cover the cost of the infrastructure required to give the option of new services to all Truckee residents and adhere to new state regulations. The exact rate changes are published in the Town Council agenda package. Opting in to the new services will eliminate the need for Truckee residents to purchase blue recycling bags and green yard waste bags. A delivery fee of $60.96 per cart will be applied for cart orders (rate effective July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021).

How many carts can I get, and how do I sign up to receive them?

To opt in to this program, please complete the form online at www.keeptruckeegreen.org to indicate how many blue recycling and green yard waste carts you would like delivered to your property. As part of the new waste hauling services contracted by the Town of Truckee, one blue recycling, and up to three 96-gallon green yard waste carts will be provided to residents. Additional carts will be available for a fee. Please do not wheel a neighbor’s cart to be serviced at your property. A max of 1 recycling and 3 green waste carts will be serviced at each household.

Once I opt in, what happens if I change my mind about my cart selection?

You may change your cart selection at any time by calling Tahoe Truckee Sierra Disposal at 530-583-7800. If a resident receives a cart and later decides not to use it, they can call TTSD to arrange for free cart return.

Can I get a cart if I live outside of Truckee?

Only addresses located within the incorporated Truckee town limits are included in the program. The program does not include Placer County or Nevada County unincorporated areas which may include portions of the following neighborhoods: Sierra Meadows, Ponderosa Palisades, Donner Lake, Martis Camp, Lahontan, Coyote Run, Schaffer’s Mill, Juniper Hills and Hirschdale.

Why are we sorting 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.

When will these changes impact me?

These programs are now available to all Truckee residents. The yard waste services bgean for all residents in 2018. The green bag program ended June 30, 2018.

Recycling carts were available to Truckee neighborhoods in three phases. Residents of the Glenshire neighborhood received recyclables containers in October, 2018. Remaining Truckee neighborhoods excluding Tahoe-Donner start using blue carts in October 2019. Tahoe Donner residents began using recyclables carts in June 2020.

Will these containers fit in my bear box?

The recycling and green waste carts will not fit in standard sized bear boxes. If storage and placement are issues at your residence, the opt-out option may be best for you. There are large bear boxes that would fit the new recyclables carts. Residents exploring this option should note that the recycling carts would still have to be placed curbside on pick-up days.

Did the Town consider recycling containers that fit inside of bear boxes?

Yes, the Town did consider this option. Unfortunately, the cost of servicing recycling bins stored in bear boxes would have significantly increased service rates.

Can I keep my containers next to my bear box?

The Town of Truckee does not regulate where you store your containers on your property as long as they are out of Town right-of-way. Some homeowners’ associations, however, do have rules about the locations of waste containers. If you have a neighborhood homeowners’ association, please check with them regarding storage requirements.

Are wildlife-proof carts an option for residential customers?

Yes. Residents can choose to pay an additional fee for wildlife resistant containers. To request a wildlife resistant container, please call Tahoe Truckee Sierra Disposal at 530-583-7800.

Will communal drop-off locations be available for yard waste and recyclables?

Yard waste can be dropped off at the Eastern Regional Landfill either by the homeowner or by a contractor or friend on behalf of the homeowner. There is also a recycling drop-off opton during the summer months located at Truckee Town Hall. 

How else can I dispose of yard waste without green bags or carts?

Residents have the option to rent six-yard dumpsters at a discounted rate. These dumpsters allow residents to remove waste efficiently. Dumpsters must be reserved in advance. Tahoe Truckee Sierra Disposal will drop off a dumpster at your house and pick it up after one week. This program has been so successful bins have been selling out. The new contract will increase the number of dumpsters available to residents to make this option more accessible.

Residents may also drop off up to six yards of yard waste for free at the Eastern Regional Landfill. A punch card will be handed out upon first visit of the summer at Eastern Regional Landfill. Please bring an ID and proof of residency. These punch cards will track yards dropped off, and are transferrable and can be used by a contractor or friend to drop off yard waste for free on your behalf.

Where can I learn more?

Click here to view recent press releases, the Staff Report or presentation from the July 25, 2017 Town Council Meeting, or the Staff Report from the December 12, 2017 Town Council Meeting.

If you have additional questions about the new waste and recycling programs, please call TTSD at (530) 583-7800 Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.


Why was I charged a trash overage?

Each resident is allotted one 32-gallon can of trash per week. An overage charge may be incurred if:

  • Cardboard or trash is outside a trash can (put cardboard inside a blue bag or cart!)
  • Trash can contents exceed the height of the trash can
  • An extra can is used (even for blue bags– place blue bags next to your trash, not inside a can!) 

    – Recyclables are collected for free in blue bags, or sign up for a free recycling cart by calling (530) 583-7800.
    – Residents who regularly produce two cans of trash can subscribe to a two-can service each week for $14.82/month. 
    – If you have multiple houses sharing a bear box OR multiple bear boxes on a shared driveway, please label each can and bear shed with your address or unit number so trash can be properly allocated to the correct household.

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. Under the new franchise agreement with TTSD starting July 2018, the “can averaging” program has ended. Instead, each resident is alotted one trash can per week. This program changed to standardize the trash service level for all Truckee households.