Truckee generates above average disposable waste. Together, we generate over 11,566 tons of landfill items each year. That’s almost 3.9 pounds per person, per day.


Ditch the paper cup. Skip the straw. Lose the lid. If you bring your own reusable cup to local cafes you’ll save $0.10-$0.20 on your favorite cup of joe. Disposable, single-use paper cups are not created equal. Many are impregnated with plastic, can last up to 1,000 years underground and are not recyclable. In Truckee we could eliminate up to 65,000 single-use coffee cups every day in peak season!

water bottles
Hydrate responsibly. Say no to plastic bottles. Bring a reusable bottle and refill with local water. Make your own energy drinks. If you buy an occasional beverage in a plastic bottle, make sure it has #1 or #2 on the bottom and be sure to get it to the recycling bin. In Truckee we could eliminate more than 3,200,000 plastic bottles every year!
reusable bags
Embracing Truckee’s Plastic Bag Ban was a great first step. Together we can be even greener by bringing reusable veggie bags, a box or other containers when we shop. Thin plastic bags do not get collected at our landfill, jam machinery and often blow away. At home, collect any plastic bags, produce bags and food film/wrapping in one bag, then put it in the plastic film recycling container at Safeway. In Truckee we could eliminate over 2,900,000 plastic bags every year!
food packaging

The easiest way to show your love for Truckee is to shop mindfully. Reduce consumption of single-use and excessively packaged items. If you buy plastic containers, choose #1 and #2 plastics only. Better yet, buy bulk or sign up for a CSA veggie box and minimize your packaging altogether. In Truckee, a family of four could eliminate up to 740 lbs of disposable plastic packaging per year. As a community, that’s 1,500 tons every year.