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Truckee eyes trashing green bag waste collection for 96-gallon carts

Margaret Moran
mmoran@sierrasun.com

TRUCKEE, Calif. — The town of Truckee is considering changing how it collects green waste in part to save residents money while protecting the environment, officials said.

Since June 2009, residents have been allowed to put out up to four green plastic bags containing material such as pine needles, cones and lawn trimmings each week, year-round, for disposal.

Now officials are considering swapping the plastic bags for 96-gallon rolling carts.

Each green bag costs residents about $1.25, with most people setting out 13 to 24 bags ($16.25 – $30) and 25 to 50 bags ($31.25 – $62.50) annually, according to the town.

A cart would have a one-time delivery and usage fee of $35, however, with potential discount options. Carts usually have a 10-year warranty, and each would have a serial number associated with an address.

The program would run April 1 to Nov. 30 annually, with collection every other week. Participation wouldn't be mandatory, said Marine Dageville, solid waste and recycling intern for the town.

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The proposal is anticipated to be presented to town council for a vote in March, said Nicole Dorr, recycling coordinator for the town.

If approved, carts would be phased in over two years, with Tahoe Donner and Glenshire implementation starting in May 2015.

Remaining neighborhoods such as Sierra Meadows, Donner Lake and downtown Truckee would begin service in 2016.

"(Starting Jan. 1, 2016,) green bags will be taken out of service and won't be collected," Dageville said.

However, the town's free drop-off of up to six yards of yard waste at the Eastern Regional Landfill and its reduced rate yard-waste only Dumpster programs will continue.

"As we all realize, in this area it is especially important to maintain defensible space," said Kelli Hare, a representative of Tahoe Truckee Sierra Disposal's management team. "The proposed cart program would be a reliable and responsible option for defensible space maintenance, while complimenting the existing (programs)."

Online survey

Visit surveymonkey.com/s/KQLC59P to take the town’s yard waste survey. The 17-question survey is estimated to take a few minutes to complete.

As of Friday, 192 surveys had been taken, with a goal of at least 500 filled out before staff takes the proposal to Truckee Town Council in March.

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Reasons for the switch:

1. Decreasing use of plastic bags for environmental purposes.

2. Eliminating need for up to 40-pound bags to be picked up manually.

3. Allowing for heavier material collection.

4. Eliminating piles of bags sitting outside in the summer, which pose a fire danger.

5. Saving residents money through a one-time cart fee, rather than purchasing multiple bags annually.

Source: Town of Truckee