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Goodbye Blue Bags

Town of Truckee to phase out bagged waste disposal
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The Town of Truckee announced Nov. 21 upcoming improvements to trash and recycling services. The Town’s current solid waste agreement with Tahoe Truckee Sierra Disposal (TTSD) expires June 30, 2018. Town staff conducted negotiations with TTSD and received community input to draft a new 10-year agreement that Town Council will consider at the its Dec. 12 meeting. The new agreement includes significant changes to residential and commercial services. These changes reflect Town Council’s direction to promote sustainable practices including community and council requests to reduce the use of plastic bags. The Town encourages residents, business owners, and property owners to attend the council meeting and future engagement opportunities to learn about and comment on the proposed enhanced services.

Out with Bags, In with Carts

The largest service changes for Truckee residents will be curbside containers for recyclables and yard trimmings. Each household will receive a 64-gallon wheeled blue cart for all recyclables and a 96-gallon wheeled green cart for all yard waste. These carts will be serviced curbside on alternating weeks. Residents have the option to opt out of recycling carts and continue to use blue bags. There is, however, no opt out option for yard waste; all residents must use green carts as green bags will no longer be accepted after June 30, 2018. The new services will also expand existing dumpster and drop-off services for yard waste. Other notable service changes include two new locations for recycling drop-off during the summer months and two free pickups of large items per year.

These changes will reach residents over the next three years. All Truckee residents will receive yard waste carts in June 2018 for use beginning July 1. The Glenshire neighborhood will receive recyclables carts in September and begin with the new recycling service on Oct. 1, 2018. Remaining Truckee neighborhoods excluding Tahoe Donner will start using blue carts in 2019. Tahoe Donner residents will begin the new program in 2020.

All residents will continue to use their current trash cans for mixed waste materials.

Service selection notifications will be sent to all Truckee residents in the spring. The default yard waste service for residents will be one cart. Residents can choose to opt out or receive up to three 96-gallon carts.

New Commercial Services

Commercial customers will receive wildlife-resistant food waste carts that will be serviced up to three times a week. These carts will provide more efficient collection of food waste than the current yellow bag program. Businesses will also receive carts for recyclables. Both of these programs will comply with California’s state mandated waste collection rules. Commercial trash bins 3-yards or larger will be serviced up to five times a week. Small commercial customers may utilize mixed-waste carts. A new town staff member has been hired to provide technical assistance for businesses.

Town Council Meeting

As Town Council considers this  new franchise agreement with TTSD on Dec. 12 at 6 p.m., the public is encouraged to attend to learn more about the improved service changes and provide public comment. The new rate structures for residential and commercial services will also be included in the Town Council agenda package. If you are unable to attend the meeting but would like to provide public comment, email recycle@townoftruckee.com. The Town will hold training programs for both businesses and residents in 2018.

 
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December 14, 2017