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.

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.

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. Please note that residents who make a cart selection within one month of the scheduled delivery date for their neighborhood may receive their cart(s) after their neighbors do. If a resident receives a cart and later decides not to use it, they can call TTSD to arrange for free cart return.

I’ve tried to opt in to receive a blue/green cart. Why isn’t my address appearing in the online form?

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?

All Truckee residents will be moving to the new yard waste services in 2018. Truckee residents will receive a service notification in the spring that will allow them to opt out of the green cart program or elect to receive up to three 96-gallon green carts. After June 30, 2018, green bags will not be accepted.

Recycling service changes are rolling out in three phases. Residents of the Glenshire neighborhood will receive recyclables containers in September 2018 to begin use October 1, 2018. Remaining Truckee neighborhoods excluding Tahoe-Donner will start using blue carts in 2019. Tahoe-Donner residents will begin using recyclables carts in 2020.

Will these new containers fit in my bear box?

The new containers 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 will be two new locations for recycling drop-off during the summer months. They will be located at the Tahoe Donner Northwoods Clubhouse and 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. The new service changes will also allow a contractor or friend to drop off yard waste for free on your behalf by providing a unique customer code. Codes will be provided on the new online customer service system.

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 (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. 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. 


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.