Yard Waste Carts

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SB 1383: Organic Waste Recycling

You might’ve heard about a new organic waste recycling law in California, called SB 1383. Under this law, yard waste materials must all be recycled through a yard waste collection service. Yard scraps should not be placed in your trash. Please note that in Truckee, we cannot collect FOOD WASTE in yard waste carts. Please only place yard trimmings (pine cones, pine needles, branches, grass clippings) in your green cart – NO FOOD SCRAPS! Food scraps can be dropped off at a compost drop-off dumpster, or should otherwise be placed in the trash. Learn more about SB 1383 and what it means for Truckee.

Yard Waste Service Calendar

Yard waste carts will be serviced from the beginning of May through the end of November, every other week, weather pending.

2024 yard waste cart service will start the week of April 29 – May 3.

Download a printable 2023-2024 Calendar (May 2023-April 2024)

Download a printable 2024-2025 Calendar (May 2024-April 2025)

Or sign-up to receive weekly e-mail reminders

Need Another Yard Waste Cart?

We know there can be a lot of yard waste to pick up, so you may have up to three yard waste carts for your household. Contact TTSD at 530-583-7800 to order your green cart(s). Delivery fees apply or free pick up option may be available.

Summer 2024 FREE pickup dates available on:

  • Friday, April 26
  • Friday, May 17
  • Saturday, July 20

Call TTSD to order at (530) 583-7800

Green bag service ended in June 2018.

How do I use my cart?

  1. Place yard trimmings (pine cones, pine needles, branches, grass clippings) directly into your yard waste cart. NO FOOD WASTE! NO BAGS!
  2. Place your cart on the edge of the street no later than 6 am on your service day. Carts should be 3 ft away from other carts or other objects, with the cart handle facing away from the street center. Lids must be completely closed.
  3. After service, remove carts from the street. Carts cannot be left in the Town’s right-of-way.

Are you unable to roll back your cart after each service?

TTSD will roll your cart in and out on your service day with a paid subscription. Contact TTSD directly to set up by calling 530-583-7800.


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This program is FREE to use from May through October at Eastern Regional Landfill.

Drop-off up to six yards of yard waste for free May – October.

All we ask is that you load, unload and completely empty your bags and materials.

You will receive an address-specific punch card to track yards dropped off upon first visit to Eastern Regional Landfill. Proof of residency with an ID and a utility bill required for issuance of a punch card. Punch cards are transferable, so you can give this to your contractor or friendly neighbor.

Drop-off November-April is subject to ERL’s green waste disposal fees.

Dumpster Rental

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For a reduced rate, you can arrange for a one-week rental of a six-yard dumpster. Maximum of two units per household. Reserve your dumpster(s) well in advance by calling TTSD to (530) 583-7800 to ensure your rental before it’s completely booked for the season between May and October only. View the residential 6 cubic yard dumpster rate.

TTSD will deliver the dumpster(s) to your property on Wednesday and retrieve it the following Wednesday.

Please be sure to fill the dumpster(s) with loose material only. No bagging of yard waste is permitted.


Funds from Measure T will reimburse you up to $75 towards the cost of a 6 yard green waste dumpster rental so you can remove vegetation and create defensible space around your home. Simply provide a paid receipt from the Eastern Regional Landfill and Truckee Fire will reimburse you up to $75 – WHILE FUNDS LAST! See details at: https://www.truckeefire.org/defensible-space-rebate-program

Drop-Off Events

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Green Waste Drop-off Events – Truckee residents can drop off green waste for free. No bags please!

2024 Green Waste Drop-off Events

8 am – 1 pm

Tahoe Donner Trout Creek Recreation Center: Friday, May 31

Truckee Rodeo Grounds: Saturday, June 15; Friday, July 12

Self-service: drop-off your residential yard waste. Please limit loads to three yards per trip. Please, no bags, rocks, dirt, commercial yard waste, rounds larger than 24 inches, stumps, boards, or trash.

Truckee Fire Pick Up

Truckee Fire District will support your defensible space work by offering disposal options of most defensible space vegetation*, FREE of charge, from May-October.

Vegetation must be moved to the area in front of your property just off the edge of the roadway (i.e Curbside).

Eligible material for pick-up and haul away:

Woody biomass: shrubs, tree limbs, trees up to 8 inches diameter, either green or recently dead.

Visit the Truckee Fire District online to learn more and request your green waste pick-up: https://www.truckeefire.org/greenwaste

Defensible Space

Creating defensible space is everyone’s responsibility in Truckee to keep our community safe from wildfires. Reduce the fuel by collecting branches, twigs, dead wood, shrubs, pine needles, and pine cones. Once you have created the defensible space, it is important to know how to get rid of this material in an adequate manner. 

Click through the tabs to learn how to properly dispose of your materials in Truckee.

For more resources, view Truckee Fire Protection District’s complete defensible space guidelines.

Make Your Home Fire Safe

Make Your Home Fire Safe

Defensible Space improves your chance of surviving a wildfire and helps Firefighters defend your home.

  • Trees spaced at least 10′
  • Move firewood piles at least 30′ away from structures
  • Trees trimmed at least 10′ from chimney and roof
  • Remove all dead plants, grass, and weeds
  • Clean under decks to prevent ember fire
  • Space and maintain fire-resistant plants and shrubs
  • Thin trees and remove ladder fuels at least 6′
  • Cut season grass
  • Clean roof of pine needles regularly

More info at Readyforwildfire.org

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