Yard Waste Alternative ways to recycle Put in Green Waste cart Green waste carts are serviced May to October, every other week. View the schedule here. Place pine needles, pine cones, grass clippings, branches, twigs, shrubs, and dead wood in your green waste cart. No construction debris, dirt, rocks, plastic bags, food waste, trash, or pet waste. **Food scraps cannot go in your green waste cart. Instead, learn about Truckee’s food scrap compost drop-off program.** Cart use: 1. Place yard waste materials directly into the cart. No bags! 2. Place your cart surbside on your collection day by 6am, with the wheels facing away from the street. The cart must be 3 feet apart from other objects. 3. After service, remove the cart off of the street. Carts cannot be left in town right-of-way. If you’re part of a homeowners association, please consult your HOA on any storage requirements. Learn more about defensible space and green waste clean up options here. **The green bag program ended in June 2018** Compost Yard Waste Adding yard waste to a backyard compost pile diverts organic waste from ending up in a landfill. Find out more. Alternative Ways to Recycle Get a Mulcher, Shredder and Chipper If your household generates large volumes of yard waste, consider buying power tools to transform green waste into mulch: a mulcher, shredder and chipper can get the job done. Did You Know? The Perfect Compost Recipe Can I Make My Compost Pile Break Down Faster? Your compost pile breaks down faster if you mix together the right amounts of green and brown material. Your brown to green ratio is based off of your carbon to nitrogen ratio: 25-30 parts carbon to one part nitrogen is ideal. Keep in mind that food or yard waste all have different C:N ratios (shown here). Don’t get out your calculator for these ratios, instead just eyeball how much you put into the compost pile.