North Lake Tahoe/Truckee Waste Disposal Options for Homeowners

This Saturdpaintay, June 20th there will be a FREE drop-off event for hazardous waste. If you have you done some spring cleaning of your home or cabin recently and are wondering what to do with the accumulated waste, this is good news for you!

Saturday’s event will take place at the Eastern Regional Materials Recovery Facility at 900 Cabin Creek Road, off of Hwy 89 South, between Truckee and Squaw Valley.  The facility will be open from 8am – 4pm.  For questions and appointments for drop off, call 530-583-7800.  All customers must make an appointment to participate in the hazardous waste event so that they can assign personnel to meet customer demand safely and quickly. The program is free to qualifying residents (with certain restrictions on material types, weights, and volumes). Businesses can drop off on Friday the 19th, if necessary, with some additional fees applicable for doing so.

Hazardous wastes, including universal- and e-waste, are products that contain components or chemicals considered hazardous to the environment and animal life (including humans) and are thus prohibited from entering the general waste stream. If carelessly discarded, such items may contaminate our air, water, wildlife and land. Additionally, placing hazardous waste in the trash poses a risk to the waste handler, so alternatives are made available for customers to divert such products from landfills and waste processing facilities.

Just a note, Truckee residents may also place household batteries curbside for collection on their service day. For easy identification, batteries must be contained in a ziplock bag, and placed on top of the garbage can lid.

Green waste can be dropped off at the same facility Monday through Saturday from now through October 31st.  Green waste includes tree limbs, pine cones and needles, brush and bark, dry grass & leaves and yard trimmings.  Eliminating green waste from your property is crucial to maintaining proper defensible space around your home in case of wild fire.  Many communities, such as Tahoe Donner and Serene Lakes, mandate, or at the very least strongly encourage, defensible space perimeters be in place for all homes in their community.

Serene Lakes Property Owners Association also sponsors a free chipping program during the summer for their members. The chipping dates are July 7th, Aug. 11th, and Sep. 15th.  In order to get the free chipping the homeowner has to be a SLPOA member.  You can sign up on the SLPOA website.  SLPOA has contracted directly with Placer Co. and will pay the fees.  If the homeowner is not a SLPOA member, they need to contact a private tree company and make the arrangements through them.

The maximum load for any one drop-off is 6 yards, which is about 40 large plastic bags.  The facility asks that you tarp your load to prevent losing much of it along the road before you reach facility.  When dropping off, please present proof of residence for either Placer or Nevada Counties.

Great information about the services provided by Tahoe Truckee Sierra Disposal can be found at their website.

The Heritage Trail Event – August 10th and 11th

This year’s 6th Annual Heritage Trail event is the weekend of August 10th and 11th.  19 museums in Placer County, from Roseville to North Lake Tahoe, will open their doors free of charge  for a weekend of fun activities and historical enlightenment for the whole family!
The museums are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days and each museum is unique in its own way.  Six of the museums are in South Placer County – Lincoln Area Archives Museum, Maidu Museum & Historic Site (Roseville), Roseville Historical Society Carnegie Museum, Rocklin History Museum, Griffith Quarry Museum (Penryn) and the Roseville Telephone Museum.  Six are in Auburn and close enough to each other that visitors can park and walk to all six – The Benton Welty School Room, Bernhard Museum Complex, Gold Country Museum, Placer County Museum and Joss House Museum.  The remaining seven are in mountain communities – Forest Hill Divide Museum (Foresthill), Colfax Area Heritage Museum, Golden Drift Museum (Dutch Flat), Donner Summit Historical Society Museum (Soda Springs), Western SkiSport Museum (Boreal), Gatekeeper’s Museum (Tahoe City) and Watson Cabin (Tahoe City).
You can drive yourself or, for $10 per day, relax and reserve a spot on a bus touring the museums.  The bus tours depart and return to the upper parking lot of the Gold Country Fairgrounds in Auburn each day.  Space is limited so you need to reserve your seat in advance by calling 530/889-6500.
For more information about the tour and the participating museums, visit The Heritage Trail website.

Lake Tahoe Area Map

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Interesting Facts about Lake Tahoe

Here’s some interesting things you might not have known about Lake Tahoe.