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Tahoe Truckee residents can now dispose of batteries, hazardous waste

Staff report

TAHOE CITY, Calif. — Tahoe Truckee Sierra Disposal customers now have additional options for disposing household hazardous waste.

Last summer, Placer County Environmental Engineering surveyed Tahoe-area residents on garbage collection, and respondents said "year-round curbside battery pickup and additional household hazardous waste collection days are important," according to the county.

In response, the county worked with TTSD to curbside battery collection to normal garbage pickup. Household batteries and other small electronic devices should be placed in sealable plastic bags and placed atop the trash can lid on normal garbage collection days.

Electronic devices such as cellphones, tablets, iPods, small radios and cameras must be smaller than 6x8x10 inches.

Businesses may also dispose of hazardous materials on the third Friday of each month for a fee and with appointments. Call 530-583-7800. There is a limit of 15 gallons, or 125 pounds, of waste per vehicle.

Batteries may also be dropped off at Swigards True Value Hardware store in Tahoe City, North Shore Ace Hardware in Kings Beach or Ace Mountain Hardware & Sports in Truckee.

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Further, the county will offer free hazardous waste drop-off days the third Saturday of each month at the Eastern Regional Materials Recovery Facility on Cabin Creek Road near Tahoe City.

Hazardous waste includes paints, motor oil/filters, automotive fluids, cleaners, pesticides, batteries and medications, items that should not be disposed of with regular garbage.

TTSD customers must make appointments between 9 and 11 a.m. to take part in the free service at Cabin Creek. Call 530-583-7800.

A complete list of acceptable items, transport tips and techniques is available at placer.ca.gov/recycle.

Visit waste101.com to learn more about TTSD.