Green Waste Disposal Options

Green Waste

Creating defensible space is everyone’s responsibility in Truckee to keep our community safe from wildfires. Reduce the fuel by collecting branches, twigs, dead wood, shrubs, pine needles, and pine cones. Once you have created the defensible space, it is important to know how to get rid of this material in an adequate manner.

These four options are available to dispose of wildfire fuel:

  1. Self-Haul to Eastern Regional Landfill
    punch cardERL is now open to the public! Residents can drop off up to 6-yards of green waste for FREE with proof of residency or punch card. Hours are Monday – Friday, 8 am – 4 pm. Face coverings are required for entry and only credit card payments accepted. New social distancing measures are in place, please have patience as wait times may be longer than usual.

    NEW THIS YEAR: Address-specific punch cards will be given to residents to track yards dropped off. Proof of residency is required for issuance, including a photo ID and proof of residency (i.e. utility bill). Punch card is required when returning to dump additional yard waste. Punch cards will not be replaced, so store yours safely in your wallet or purse!

    Good news: these cards are transferable! Now you can easily have a contractor, friend, or relative drop-off materials on your behalf for free.

  2. Drop-off Events

    FREE residential yard waste drop-off events will take place on May 22, May 29, June 19, and June 26 at the Truckee Rodeo Grounds. (NOT Glenshire or Tahoe Donner Clubhouse, as previously stated in information mailed out!) Please limit loads to no more than 3-yards per trip. To facilitate unloading, position a tarp on the
    bottom of the truck bed or trailer before loading the material. If material is transported in bags, the bags must be emptied on site and removed by the hauler.

    Acceptable items: residential green waste, biomass consisting of all tree and plant trimmings, weeds, leaves, and branches.

    Prohibited items: commercial green waste, rounds larger than 24 inches, stumps, rocks, boards, and trash.

    Additional details may be found at

  3. Yard Waste Cart Service
    Cart collection takes place every-other-week, now extended into November. Never miss a pickup: view a service calendar or sign up for email reminders before every pickup.
  4. Dumpster Rentals + Rebate
    Rent a 6-yard green waste dumpster for a week for only $81.28. Bins are delivered to your property on a Wednesday and retrieved full the following Wednesday. Loose material only- do not bag! Call TTSD for availability at (530) 583-7800.Truckee Fire Protection District Defensible Space Rebate Program will reimburse you $75! Simply provide a paid receipt from TTSD. One dumpster rebate per household, until program funds last or until September 1st.