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Truckee’s Recycling Greens up the holidays

Nichole Dorr,Recycling Coordinator, Town of Truckee

Seth Lightcap/Sierra Sun file photoMixed household waste gets picked off the 'tipping' floor and loaded onto a conveyor belt for successive rounds of 'positive' sorting - removing the materials that are desirable to sell at the Eastern Regional Landfill .

According to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the average American tosses 25 percent more stuff away between Thanksgiving and the New Year. This article will help you go green.Shop Green, Think Green, Be GreenForget the paper or plastic bags and use cloth instead. It seems more and more of us are remembering our cloth bags when shopping at the local grocery store now its time to keep those bags with you when shopping for other retail items. Reusable shopping bags also make great gifts. Recycling, Recycling, Recycling The following items can be recycled curbside by utilizing blue bags: Paper-newspapers, magazines, catalogues, junk mail, paperboard (remove liners and plastic film), computer paper, paper towel rolls, toilet paper rolls, office paper, colored paper, non-foil wrapping paper. Aluminum, steel and tin cans. Glass bottles and jars-all colors.Plastics numbered 1 through 7 with the exception of Styrofoam and plastic bags. Plastics bags can be recycled at Safeway, SaveMart, Longs and Rite-Aid. Styrofoam is not accepted for recycling.Mixed rigid plastic includes packaging and plastics where the number is absent. Break down and cut up cardboard boxes to place in blue bags. Please do not leave loose cardboard next to your trash. If you have a large amount of cardboard break it down and drop it off at the Fire Station near the old middle school on Donner Pass Road.Place your blue bag on the curb next to your trash, in your bear shed or in your dumpster for collection by Tahoe Truckee Sierra Disposal. Purchase strong, durable blue bags at Mountain Hardware at 11320 Donner Pass Road or in bulk at Tahoe Supply Company 10939 A Industrial Way. Each residential parcel in Truckee pays for one 32-gallon trash can per week via property taxes. If you place more be prepared to pay an additional $2.74 per bag billed directly by Tahoe Truckee Sierra Disposal. Curbside blue bag recycling is picked up free and in unlimited quantity. Recycle electronics and Christmas lightsElectronics including televisions, computers, DVD players, stereos, iPods, cell phones and even old strands of Christmas lights may be dropped off for free recycling at the Eastern Regional Landfill (ERL). ERL is open Monday-Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed on all the major holidays); located at the top of Cabin Creek Road off Hwy 89 south. Fluorescent lamps and tubes, empty aerosol cans, household batteries and any item that contains mercury is considered Universal Waste and must be dropped off for recycling. ERL accepts all Universal Waste from residents free of charge during normal business hours. Free Holiday Tree RecyclingChristmas trees are collected without charge on your regular service day the week of Jan. 12 through 16. Trees must be exposed to view, free of foreign matter (i.e. tinsel, garland, lights, stands, nails, flocking) and cut into 3-foot segments to facilitate removal. Questions? Please call Nichole Dorr 582-2909 or e-mail ndorr@townoftruckee.com.Keep Truckee Greena Program of the Town of Truckee Solid Waste andamp; Recycling Division10183 Truckee Airport Road, Truckee, CA 96161Phone: (530) 582-2909Fax: (530) 582-7710Recycling Hotline: (530) 582-2928