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Yard waste pick-up program eyed for Glenshire

A pilot program for curb-side yard waste collection in Glenshire could expand to cover all of Truckee if things work out this summer.

In an effort to encourage proper yard waste disposal and defensible space clearing, the Town of Truckee is launching a pilot program at the end of June to pick up yard waste in the Glenshire subdivision.

If successful, the program could expand town-wide next summer, making it easier for residents and property owners to keep their land clear and safe during the fire season.

“We’ll be distributing green bags to about 1,000 households in Glenshire, trying to get feedback from the community,” said Nichole Dorr, recycling coordinator for the town. “Then we would be looking to role out the project next summer for everybody.”

The green bags, twice as thick as the current recycling blue bags, will be given out for free to start in Glenshire. The town and Tahoe Truckee Sierra Disposal will then gauge how many are used and how they hold up, Dorr said.

The waste will be picked up curb-side on normal collection days, run through a chipper, and hauled to Loyalton to be used at the biomass power plant, Dorr said.

Truckee Fire Chief Bryce Keller said he backs the program as it gives property owners more options to keep their properties fire safe.

“We support (yard) burning when done correctly ” it’s a good tool, but as density increases it’s becoming no longer the right tool. We need to provide the community with other options,” Keller said.

He said he hopes the program does expand community wide, as it would complement the existing chipping program run by Truckee Fire Protection District.

“It all plays into a clean yard being a safe yard,” Keller said.

While pine needles, small twigs, pine cones, brush, grass, and wood chips can be collected in the new green bags, Dorr said larger limbs will still have to go through Truckee Fire’s chipping program.

Dorr said Glenshire was picked for its large percentage of full-time residents, brush fields, and total numbers.

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