Yard Waste Disposal

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Defensible Space and Large Clean-ups 

After this historic winter, there is a tremendous amount of storm debris and yard waste to dispose of! Owning a home in the mountains comes with the responsibility of creating and maintaining Defensible Space for wildfire protection. Please do NOT drag any storm debris such as fallen trees, shrubs, branches, or yard waste to the Town right-of-way. It is the responsibility of a homeowner to maintain these materials on their property. 

To capture the storm debris and regular defensible space clean-up, the Town has partnered with the Truckee Fire Protection District to offer some new programs this year:




Green Bags

Green Bags are for small weekly green waste only. The green bag program is permitted for maintenance only and only for small quantities.

How to participate:

Purchase approved green bags (4 mil thick) from area retailers and set out four bags for weekly collection. Bags must be tied and weigh no more than 40 pounds each for collection to occur. Bags that are over weight, untied or stacked in a pile will be left at the curb. Bags are collected year round. Please make sure green bags are easily accessible by trash collection personnel. 

DO NOT leave more than 4 bags out at the curb and DO NOT have any bags left prior to the day of collection. It is a fire hazard to have large piles of green bags in front of your home, and very unsightly. If you have more than 4 bags per week of yard waste, utilize one of the options listed above. 


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 Cal Fire has a great resource to teach people how to create defensible space, and be ready in case of a wildfire: http://www.readyforwildfire.org/



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Visit the Tahoe Donner Public Utility District to learn more about water conservation and California emergency water use reduction rules. Water conservation is everyone’s job to ensure adequate amount of water for the future!



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The Town of Truckee encourages public involvement. Sign up for the e-notification system to stay informed. Check the Solid Waste and Recycling Division to get information on future proposed program changes.

The Town of Truckee recently conducted a survey about changes to the Yard Waste Program. Survey Results for community members who are interested. 


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