The Town of Truckee is considering a shift in its curbside yard waste collection program by replacing green bags with 96-gallon rolling carts. If approved by the Town Council, the program would be implemented over a two-year process. It would first be rolled out in Tahoe Donner and Glenshire in May 2015 with all remaining neighborhoods in 2016. This change would result in a one-time cart delivery fee of $35 for those choosing to participate; green bags would no longer be an option.
See the letter Tahoe Donner’s board of directors submitted to the Truckee Town Council members on behalf of Tahoe Donner membership.
Currently residents in Truckee can put out up to four green plastic bags a week for disposal; green bags are for pine cones, pine needles, lawn trimmings, and other vegetative waste. A typical green bag costs $1.25 each with residents on average putting out between 13-50 bags on an annual basis, for a total cost to the consumer of $16.25-$62.50.
Yard waste collection costs are currently part of the basic solid waste refuse collection fee which is included on the property tax bill. The new program would run April 1 to November 30 each year with every other week collection, and is intended for ongoing yard maintenance. For larger yard clean-ups the reduced cost dumpsters and free drop-off at Eastern Regional Landfill will continue to be offered. While all green bags collected by TTSD are recycled, the end of life recycling process still has an impact on our environment. The proposal to move to 96-gallon carts is an effort to move away from plastic and to allow Truckee residents the option to recycle even more yard waste as residents will no longer be limited to 40 pounds per bag and will have the option to recycle larger items, such as tree branches. The carts will also be easier for workers to handle since they will no longer have to manually lift each bag; rather, a garbage truck’s automated arm will do the heavy lifting.
Your opinion matters and all residents are encouraged to take the Town of Truckee’s green waste survey to express their opinions before a final decision is made.
As a Tahoe Donner homeowner, please consider the following when taking the survey:
• Are you a full time resident, or second homeowner? Consider the practicality of the proposed every-other-week collection on Tuesdays.
• Assess the length and slope of your driveway to roll the carts to the street and back to the house on collection day.
• Consider your ability to store a cart within an enclosed storage area such as a garage or storage shed per Tahoe Donner C&R’s (IV Private Property Rules: Storage, p. 7).
On Thursday, March 26, there will be a presentation at the Town Council meeting but without a request for direction.