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Earth Day at Tahoe a perfect time to get rid of household wastes

Joe Hill
Special to the Bonanza
The facility at 1220 Sweetwater Road is ready to accept many kinds of household waste.
Courtesy IVGID |

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Earth Day is celebrated on April 22 annually as a day to appreciate and protect the natural resources that we enjoy here in Tahoe and around the globe. It is also a chance to have a deeper conversation regarding how we treat the Earth on a daily basis.

Did you know that many common, household products can cause serious harm to the environment, especially if they are improperly handled during final disposal? Paint materials, herbicides, pesticides, cleaning products, batteries, light bulbs and electronic waste are all products we use that are not allowed in normal trash disposal.

It is possible to reduce or eliminate the negative environmental effects of standard cleaning products or electronic devices by buying and using the most earth friendly products and energy efficient systems.

Some companies sell products that are “low in Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs),” “Energy Star Rated,” “Water Sense Rated,” “GreenSeal” or “EcoLogo Certified.” Look for these labels as a starting point and conduct your research in product selection.

However, there are still old products and leftover materials that can pose an environmental threat and require special disposal. That is why IVGID Public Works operates a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) and Electronics Recycling Center.

If you have old bottles of bug spray and a zip-lock bag full of batteries, feel free to stop by during our regular hours. We accept most household items for free including aerosols, mercury light bulbs, paint, thermometers, fertilizers, cooking oil and more.

Televisions can be recycled for a fee of $5-15, depending on the size. This program does not accept car batteries, oil or antifreeze, fireworks, ammunition, prescription drugs or microwaves, but we can provide information on where to dispose of these items.

This service is available for Incline Village and Crystal Bay residents on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3-5 p.m. at 1220 Sweetwater Road. You may also make an appointment, 48 hours in advance, by calling 775-832-1284.

Joe Hill works with IVGID’s Public Works Waste Not Program. For information, email wastenot@ivgid.org or contact the 24-hour trash hotline at 775-832-1221 to report a trash problem.