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Trash as a good thing

Maia Schneider

When is trash ever a good thing? Underfoot, under our cars, alongside the roads and drifting among the trees, the detritus of our daily lives seems to be self-reproducing.

From fast-food wrappers to cigarette butts; from Styrofoam peanuts to cans and bottles, this muck gets mired in the plants and rocks beside our roads, along our river, in our front yards… But trash can be a good thing when it galvanizes the community. After all, roadside trash brings service clubs such as Rotary together for highway cleanup days. Trash was the motivator to the creation of the hard-working Citizen’s Waste Management Advisory Committee, and trash, as the mother of invention, gave us Clean Truckee Streets last year.

During Clean Truckee Streets, some 600 volunteers helped pick up more than seven tons of trash from the roads in Truckee. From Boy Scouts to the high school football team; from Glenshire to Donner Lake; from lifetime residents to part-time homeowners, all walks of life participated in the first ever town-wide cleanup. After the cleanup, 450 Truckee-ites made their way to Truckee River Regional Park for the first ever Truckee Block Party and enjoyed live music and a terrific barbecue. All of this was possible because of the efforts of some 40 core volunteers ” neighborhood champions and others who spread the gospel of clean streets and civic pride.

This year, Truckee Day replaces Clean Truckee Streets as the annual street cleanup and community celebration event. Why the name change to Truckee Day? Well, it’s really a more fitting name for a day that celebrates who we are. Sure, it’s the day we check in at a neighbor’s house or local business and pick up some roadside trash in our town. It’s also the day that we can attend a Truckee Block Party at Truckee River Regional Park and celebrate living in the best town west of the Statue of Liberty. But its also our day to proclaim that Truckee is still a community that cares, is still a community that takes pride in its surroundings, is still a community ” period. So, trash ” admittedly, in an odd way ” becomes the hero of the day for giving us a reason to stop, look around, and appreciate being in Truckee.

Truckee Day will be held Saturday, June 4. With a little luck and a lot of planning, Truckee Day will be held the first Saturday in June in perpetuity ” and when there’s no more trash to pick up, we’ll still have a block party to celebrate being who we are. Join us and be a part of the solution. Details about the event will be featured in the Sierra Sun in the weeks leading to the event, and you can contact Janet Ravey at the Town of Truckee at 582-7700 for information.

Remember: The streets shine brighter in Truckee, California!

Maia Schneider is a Truckee resident and the founder of Truckee Day.