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Tahoe-Truckee residents can dump green waste for free at Cabin Creek

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TAHOE CITY, Calif. — Prolonged drought, record high numbers of dead trees and upcoming warmer weather all add up to prime conditions for wildfire danger in California this year.

Clearing property of dead or dying trees, and other fire fuel that has accumulated as a result of these conditions, is the best way to reduce fire hazards.

Placer County Environmental Utilities is working with Tahoe Truckee Sierra Disposal and North Tahoe Fire Protection District to raise awareness of the importance of creating defensible space, and providing several opportunities for residents to dispose of unwanted fire fuel.

As of May 1, the Eastern Regional Materials Recovery Facility at 900 Cabin Creek Road in Truckee is accepting green waste free of charge, Monday through Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The program will run through October and allows Placer County residents (with ID and proof of residency) to dispose of a total of six yards of material, cumulatively, per household.

Residents also have the opportunity to rent a six-yard Dumpster for green waste. Tahoe Truckee Sierra Disposal will drop it off at your house, and pick it up a week later.

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Further, June 11, Placer County residents can dispose of up to three yards of green waste from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Four locations throughout North Tahoe have been designated as collection sites (ID and proof of residency required):

Tahoe City: 925 Country Club Drive

Homewood South Lodge: Tahoe Ski Bowl

Tahoe Vista: North Tahoe Regional Park

Squaw Valley: District Service Offices

And whether residents are taking advantage of the free disposal on June 11, or would simply like to learn more about defensible space, evacuation, emergency preparedness and fire safety, the North Tahoe Fire Protection District will be hosting a Fire Safety Awareness barbecue the same day, from noon to 3 p.m., across the street from their offices at 222 Fairway Drive in Tahoe City.

Smokey Bear will make a special appearance and agency representatives from Calfire, U.S. Forest Service and fire agencies on the North Shore will be in attendance to answer questions.

"We hope that by providing several options to get rid of fire fuel will help residents be better prepared for the fire season," said Kevin Bell, Placer County environmental utilities manager, "and we're fortunate to have so many entities willing to pull together and make it all possible."

All disposal options are solely for green waste and fire fuel and should be free of bags, food, pet or construction waste, dirt, sod and rocks. Residents are asked to tarp their self-hauled loads, and unload their material themselves.

This article was provided by the Placer County Public Works & Facilities department. Visit placer.ca.gov to learn more.