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 matter.

These options exist for your home when looking to dispose of wildfire fuel.


The last free pick-up of green bags took place on regular service days during the week of June 25-29.

Please note that green bags will no longer be serviced for free after July 1, 2018!

2. Opt-in to Yard Waste Carts

Residents may opt-in to receive up to 3 yard waste carts

These will be serviced on the following schedule. Print out a service schedule to keep in your home!

Carts reserved before May 30 will be delivered June 11-22.

Carts reserved on or after May 30 will be delivered in mid-July, on a rolling basis.

3. Self-Haul to Eastern Regional Landfill
This program is FREE to use *extended until November 30*
Drop-off up to 6-yards of yardwaste for free.
ID required.
Load and unload yourself – do not bring bags!

*NEW* this year, beginning July 1, call TTSD at 530-583-7800 to get a coupon code for your contractor to drop-off up to 6-yards for you!

4. Onsite Pickup
Only $70 per dumpster.
6 yard dumpster, maximum of 2 per household.
Call TTSD to order at (530) 583-7800.
Available May- September only. These will sell out, so book in advance!
Delivered to property on Wednesday and retrieved full the following Wednesday.
Loose material only – do not put in bags!!

5. Scheduled Overages

Up to 4 times per year, TTSD will collect up to 96-gallons of additional waste on a resident’s regular pick-up day for FREE.
Residents must call TTSD in advance to schedule the overage.
This can include extra green waste!
Waste can be secured in cans, bags, or bundles.

6. Rebate Program through Truckee Fire!

The Defensible Space Rebate Program will get you $150 back on your defensible space work that was completed by a licensed contractor.

Go to or call 582-7850 for rebate rules for more information.


  • The Fire District will rebate $150 on vegetation work done by a licensed defensible space contractor this summer, 2018.
  • Limited funds available. The program ends when funds are gone.
  • Bring in an invoice to the Fire District office during normal business hours at 10049 Donner Pass Rd, from a licensed contractor, describing the type of work that was completed and the total amount of the work exceeding $150.
  • Rebate will be mailed 30 days after receipt of the invoice.
  • One rebate per property. Property must be within the Truckee Fire District boundaries.
  • This rebate does not include new construction defensible space work.