Truckee Day information headquarters
As the spring sun melts away the snow in Truckee and Tahoe, new life emerges and#8212; but so do old transgressions and#8212; that’s right, it’s time to pick up trash at a local cleanup day this Saturday.
Truckee Day and Bay to Bay Community Clean Up Day need volunteers to help clean up the roadsides of Truckee and the North Shore. All volunteers will be rewarded with a barbecue afterwards.
and#8220;This is the sixth annual Truckee Day, and the first was a screaming success and#8212; I think people really saw we needed to do this,and#8221; said Maia Schneider, former Truckee mayor and founder of Truckee Day. and#8220;Everybody that lives here or has a second home here has a stake in how this community looks.and#8221;
Every year since somewhere between 500 and 800 volunteers have taken to the streets of Truckee, collecting anywhere from 6.5 to 11 tons of garbage each year, Schneider said.
Some of the more noteworthy items which have been collected during the clean up include an unopened can of chicken lips, lingerie, and car bumpers.
and#8220;I was walking from my home to the auto shop to pick up my car and saw how dirty the roads were, so I sat down with Tony Lashbrook (town manager) and Dan Wilkins (head of public works and engineering) and Truckee Day was born,and#8221; Schneider said.
Steve Randall, general manager of the Truckee Donner Parks and Park District, added a block party at the Regional Park with a barbecue lunch, Schneider said, and Tahoe Truckee Sierra Disposal donates labor every year to the effort.
To add a little spice to the clean up, JD Hoss and KTKE Radio are once again planting five and#8220;Golden Prizesand#8221; around town, as a sort of Truckee Day Treasure Hunt. Volunteers who find the prizes can exchange their golden token for one of five real prizes at the Block Party.
and#8220;It’s such a hard time for so many in our community, this is an opportunity to do something with not only the immediate gratification of doing something positive, but a block party too,and#8221; Schneider said.
To find out more, look up check-in stations, and get a schedule of events, go to http://www.truckeeday.org.
Also six years in, the Bay to Bay Community Clean Up Day in North Lake Tahoe is being put on by the North Tahoe Business Association.
and#8220;Basically when the association adopted the Main Street program this became even more important,and#8221; said Cheri Sprenger, executive director of the association. and#8220;It’s time to get rid of the trash bunnies that appear after the snow melts.and#8221;
Sprenger said the effort brings out about 150 people per year, including school groups, businesses, and local residents.
and#8220;Kings Beach comes out in force,and#8221; Sprenger said.
Like Truckee Day, volunteers can check in at local check in stations, help clean up, then go to a barbecue at the Blue Onion Cafe.
To find a check-in station near you and get a schedule of events, go to http://www.ntbamainstreet.org.
Have a hearty breakfast!
Check in to your station starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 6. T-shirts given to volunteers first-come, first served.
You’ll sign a waiver, get your t-shirt, BBQ ticket and bags, and be assigned a stretch of road within your neighborhood. You may have to drive to a specific stretch of road.
What to wear:
and#8226; long sleeve pants and shirt (bright colors recommended)
and#8226; sunglasses and hat
and#8226; sunscreen and bug repellant
and#8226; sturdy shoes or boots
What to pick up: roadside trash only. Anything larger may be placed by the side of the road with a bag attached for visibility. Please place mangled and downed snow-poles (town-owned only and#8212; they’re steel) next to full trash bags and they will be gathered by town employees later.
Do not trespass on private property! A rule of thumb is to stay on the road side of utility poles or utility boxes.
Be traffic-aware. You are on public roads and competing for lane space with automobile traffic. It is recommended that you have a and#8220;traffic spotterand#8221; as part of your party.
Your whole family is welcome. All adults will sign waivers for themselves and children in their care. No children will be allowed to be dropped off; they must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
What to put in the blue bags: Batteries, bottles, and cans. Dry newspaper only; if it is waterlogged please place it in your trash bag.
Where to put the bags: leave both colors of full bags, with the tops tightly knotted closed, on the side of the road. If you clean a cul-de-sac, please bring the bags to the closest intersection.
This will last approximately one to two hours, as long as you can stand it or until your stretch of road is done, whichever comes first.
Head to Truckee River Regional Park at Noon for BBQ and music!
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