Truckee implements yard waste recycling program |

Truckee implements yard waste recycling program

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Following in the footsteps of the blue bag recycling program, Truckee now has the option of curbing yard waste in new green bags.

In June, the Truckee Town Council approved the program, which gives property owners the option of curb-side pickup of yard waste and defensible space cuttings as part of the normal trash and recycling collection. Council members chose green bags over new containers at their June 4 meeting.

and#8220;Containers would have taken until May of next year to get up and running and#8212; this is an immediate solution to get people clearing and cleaning up their property,and#8221; said Nichole Dorr, recycling coordinator for the town.

Gene Welch, public safety and information officer for the Truckee Fire Protection District, said this program will be helpful for defensible space.

and#8220;We support anything to get debris out of the yard,and#8221; Welch said. and#8220;Weand#8217;re kind of excited about another option for people and#8212; one thing we havenand#8217;t been able to provide is the removal of pine needles.and#8221;

Right now bags are available at Mountain Hardware and Tahoe Supply Company in cases of 50 for $37.01 and cases of 25 for $18.51, according to a release from the town.

The service adds $12.84 annually to waste collection rates as part of property taxes, Dorr said.

Once the green bags are collected, workers at the transfer station on Cabin Creek Road put the material through a chipper, and then send it up the Sierra Pacific Biomass plant in Loyalton.

The town and Tahoe Truckee Sierra Disposal conducted a pilot program last year from July 3 through Sept. 25 in Glenshire with green-waste bags, Dorr said, and got a lot of positive feedback.

and#8220;This was really in response to a need in the community,and#8221; Dorr said.

The program runs through Oct. 31.

Truckeeand#8217;s green waste program accepts up to four filled green bags per week, at a maximum of 40 pounds each.

Accepted items include pine needles, pine cones, lawn trimmings, garden waste, brush, small twigs and branches, woodchips and bark.

Items not included: large limbs or branches, food waste, pet waste or rocks and dirt.

The Truckee Fire Protection District chips larger limbs and branches, call (530) 582-7850 for more information. All bags must be tied, just like blue recycling bags.

Check back at for updates on the program and new retailers offering the approved green bags.

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