Recycling 101: Plain and Simple. |

Recycling 101: Plain and Simple.

Good news! Recycling in Truckee is expanding. For years, only plastics Nos. 1-2 have been collected for recycling. Not anymore. Plastics Nos. 1-7, with the exception of Styrofoam and plastic bags can be placed in your blue-bags for recycling. Spread the word.

This includes: paper-newspapers, magazines, catalogues, junk mail, any food item that is packaged in paperboard (remove liners), computer paper, paper towel rolls, toilet paper rolls, office paper and colored paper.

Cardboard boxes: Break down and cut up the boxes and place in your blue bags. (Please do not leave lose cardboard next to your trash.) If you have a large amount of cardboard you can break it down and drop it off at the fire station near the old middle school. The dumpsters at the fire station are for cardboard only. Please do not leave trash or other recyclables at this location.

Then there’s aluminum, steel and tin cans, and glass bottles and jars of all colors.

Now this includes plastics with Nos. 1-7. Exceptions to the rule: Styrofoam and plastic bags. Try to reduce your consumption of Styrofoam if possible. Plastics bags can be recycled at Safeway and Albertsons.

Cell phones: Eastern Regional Landfill, Truckee Town Hall, Truckee Elementary School, Staples

Computer monitors and TVs: Eastern Regional Landfill (no charge)

Fluorescent tubes and bulbs: Eastern Regional Landfill (no charge)

Batteries: Eastern Regional Landfill, Mountain Hardware, Radio Shack, Tahoe Pines Market, Ames Deli, Truckee Town Hall, Nevada County Joseph Govt. Center (behind library), Staples

Ink jet cartridges: Bradbury’s, Truckee Town Hall, Truckee Elementary School, Staples, Office Depot

Green waste including site clearing debris such as rocks, branches, pine needles, soil: Eastern Regional Landfill sorts material for topsoil, wood chips and erosion control. Materials are resold to the community.

Inert Material: Concrete and asphalt at Eastern Regional Landfill, A. Teichert Aggregates

Non-contaminated motor oil and filters: Eastern Regional Landfill, Truckee Rents, Truckee Automotive, Stones Tires, Halls Excavating, and the Tahoe City Chevron. Please drain your filters.

Refrigerator, microwaves, washers and dryers: Eastern Regional Landfill

U-Waste: items containing mercury, empty aerosol cans, computer equipment, etc., Eastern Regional Landfill

Call Tahoe Truckee Sierra Disposal at 583-0148 for additional information.

Household hazardous waste is any chemical product in your home that is toxic, flammable, combustible, explosive, corrosive, or otherwise dangerous. It is illegal to toss household hazardous waste into your trash. Household hazardous waste is collected at the Eastern Regional Landfill on specified collection days only. The next public collection event is Aug. 12. This service is free to residents, and an appointment is required. Call 583-0148 for an appointment and additional details. For a list of acceptable items please reference the Town of Truckee’s Web site at Fees apply for commercial household hazardous waste disposal.

Tie your bag to prevent contents from mixing with trash. Don’t over stuff the bag. Overstuffing the bag creates the potential for your bag to break open and the contents to be mixed with the trash.

Place your blue bag at the curb next to your trash, in your bear box or in your trash can for service.

Recycling is free, with the exception of purchasing blue bags. Creating more than one 32-gallon can of trash a week cost about $2.50 per extra bag. Recycling also increases efficiency, creates jobs and protects resources. Let’s work together at keeping Truckee Green. Please do what you can to reduce, reuse and recycle all of your waste.

Nichole Dorr is the Town of Truckee recycling coordinator. Have questions and comments? Write Nichole Dorr at or call 582-2909.

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