She’s Truckee’s official bag lady |

She’s Truckee’s official bag lady

Jason Kelley/Sierra SunNicole Dorr, recycling coordinator for the Town of Truckee, and Bradley Cabral assemble new recycling bins at Tahoe Truckee High School on Tuesday.

Nichole Dorr is Truckee’s one-and-only recycling coordinator, and this environmental guru is a big-time trash talker.

“Recycling is one of the [easiest] things that people can do to be greener,” Door said. “And the town needs to be leading by example.”

As recycling coordinator, doing her part means more than just separating bottles and cans. Dorr spends her days in classrooms educating Truckee students about the benefits of reducing consumption and recycling. She writes the grants that fund those programs and others in an effort to spread awareness. And on Truckee Day, volunteers will see her toting enough blue recycling bags to share.

“My job really fits within my integrity and that’s what makes me feel good,” Dorr said. “My goal is to get [residents] hooked on the ease of recycling.”

To do that, Dorr will have a booth set up during the Truckee Day community-wide barbecue. She will be handing out free blue bags and correcting false perceptions.

“People think that they don’t need to separate their recyclables because the workers at the transfer station will do it, but the recovery rate (of recyclables) there is only about 13 percent,” she said. “If you are recycling all that you can, you should never have more than one 32-gallon bag of garbage each week,” Dorr said.

Minimizing waste isn’t just a priority for Dorr, it’s a requirement. The California Integrated Waste Management Act requires local governments to establish waste management plans that will reduce their solid waste going to landfills.

In the year 2000, the Town of Truckee measured its rubbish. From that year forward the town has worked to reduce the amount. Dorr has been working tirelessly to foster programs to help meet that goal, and said that reducing waste in Truckee has been successful.

But, she said, there is still a long way to go.

“I need to do my part to reduce my impact on the planet by being a conscious consumer,” Dorr said. “As the community grows, there is an ever-increasing importance to waste management.”

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