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TRPA loses key staff to revamp

One proposal for the new trash and recycling receptacles planned for downtown Truckee has met the town’s requirements for function and aesthetics.

The Town of Truckee requested bids for design, manufacturing and installation of 35 trash and recycling containers for downtown, and received three proposals. Of those, a submission by Forms+Surfaces has been selected as the best choice for consideration.

The cylindrical design contains both trash and recycling compartments, is made of powder-coated stainless steel with a rust-colored finish, and will feature the Town of Truckee logo on two sides, according to town staff reports.

“I think those are great,” said Stefanie Olivieri, president of the Downtown Merchants Association. “They seem solid and durable, and aesthetically they are very attractive.”

When shown a picture of the proposed receptacle, some visitors in downtown Truckee thought they fit the area’s image.

“They look like Tahoe for sure,” said Shawna Zierdt, visiting from Portland, Ore.

Others disagreed, saying they didn’t capture downtown’s character.

“It’s a bit cutesy. They seem boutique,” said Kim St. Dennis, visiting from Los Angeles. “The un-maintained barrels they have are closer to the western motif the town is trying to maintain.”

The 35 containers will cost an estimated $50,000, paid by part of a $75,000 California Department of Conservation grant being pursued by town Recycling Coordinator Nichole Dorr.

The remainder of the grant would be used for public outreach and recycling programs at local schools and businesses, Dorr has said previously.

The replacement was spurred by a need to promote recycling downtown, and improve the containers for snowy and rainy conditions.

Previous top-loading barrels accumulated snow and water, hindering accessibility and making it difficult for the service provider to remove trash or recycling, according to the staff report.

The new design is animal resistant, conforms to the Americans with Disabilities Act for ease of access, and prevents snow accumulation, according to the report. The cans are accessible from the side for both depositing trash and recycling, and removal by the service provider, Tahoe Truckee Sierra Disposal.

The design will go to town council for final approval in April, Dorr said, and the new receptacles should be in place by July 4 for the parade, Dorr has said.

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