Back to School This Fall? Here’s How to Dispose of Drink Pouches

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If you’re sending kids back to school this fall, chances are you’ll be packing some snacks and lunches. If you pack any drink pouches, such as Capri Sun, Tropicana or Honest Kids pouches, make sure they get tossed in the trash. Drink pouches are not recyclable.

Want to go the extra mile? Sign up for TerraCycle’s Drink Pouch Mail-In Recycling Program, or ask your kid’s school to start a collection for it. That way you can mail in empty pouches to be recycled through their special program.

Even better, invest in a reusable drink container for your kid to take to school, and fill it from a larger container of juice at home. You’ll quickly save money and reduce waste at the same time.

How to Host a Clothing Swap (Video)


What if you could get a wardrobe refresh without ever hitting the mall or shopping online? It turns out you can.

Clothing swaps are a fun way to trade clothes with friends and family. You can declutter while hanging out with people you care about, and breathe some new life into your closet without spending any money. Check out this video from New Dream to find out how clothing swaps work and get some tips for hosting your own.

NEW Compost Drop-Off Program


Feed Gardens, Not Landfills!

Keep Truckee Green is excited to announce a partnership with Slow Food Lake Tahoe, bringing you expanded compost drop-off options! We are excited to offer you three locations to drop off residential compostable waste. Keep your fruits, veggies, coffee grounds and eggshells out of the landfill and turn them back into soil instead.

NOTE: This is an optional drop-off program, not to be confused with our Green Waste carts for yard waste.

What’s Accepted?


– fruits / veggies
– flowers
– eggshells
– coffee grounds
– leaves
– sawdust from untreated wood

NO! (Please keep these items out of our compost.)

– bread / bones / meat / dairy / seafood / fats / leftovers
animal waste / kitty litter
– plastic or compostable cutlery, bags or containers
– tissues / paper towels
shredded newspaper
– anything sprayed with pesticides or herbicides
– tea bags / coffee filters

Drop-Off Locations

Truckee Community Farmer’s Market
Sundays | June 16th – Sept 29th
9am – 1pm @ Tricounties Bank Plaza
12047 Donner Pass Road, West End of Truckee

Truckee Demonstration Garden
Drop-off anytime | May – October
Located at the Regional Park. See map for directions.

Truckee Town Hall
Drop-off anytime | Year-round
Collection cart is located behind the building, by rear entrance door.
10183 Truckee Airport Rd. See map for directions.

Grammy Award Winner Releases Music Video About Plastic Pollution

American blues musician and four-time Grammy award winner Keb’ Mo’ just released a new song to help spread global awareness about plastic pollution. It’s called ‘Don’t Throw It Away.’ Check out the music video below, and remember — try not to buy stuff you’re going to throw away. Refusing and reusing always come before recycling or tossing in the trash.

Give yourself a refresher on what plastics we recycle by checking out the complete list in our Recycling Guide.

How to Fix a Pool Float

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One of the saddest moments on a beautiful summer day is when your inflatable begins to deflate. Whether it’s a pool float, inflatable pool, boat tube or towable, air leaks are bound to happen. The thin vinyl is only so durable. But there’s good news — you don’t have to buy a new float every time this happens. Instead, you can extend the life of your float with a cheap, easy and sustainable option: repairing the leak.

Leaks can easily be identified and fixed with a few simple steps. This process also works for other seasonal items like inflatable pools, boat tubes and towables. All you need are the right tools, and your inflatables will be as good as new. Read these directions or watch the video below to learn just how easy this is to do at home.

Find the Leak

To determine where the air leak is coming from, start by fully inflating the float. You’ll need to leave the air in the float throughout the entire patching process as this makes it easier to repair. Once the float is fully inflated and the air valve is closed, you can determine the source of the leak through one of the following methods:

  1. Submerge the float in water. The leak will produce air bubbles in the water, making it easy to spot.
  2. Spray the area you think the leak is coming from with a cleaning product, then rub the cleaning product around. When you see bubbles consistently forming in one area, that is the air leak.

Once you find the source of the leak, cover it with a piece of tape or make a small mark over it so it can be easily identified when it’s time to make the repair. The float will then need to be completely dry before you begin patching it up.

Use the Right Tools

Before you can repair the leak, you will need to have the right patching tools on hand. Some inflatables come with a patch, or you may have to purchase a repair kit. You can also opt for a strong adhesive that’s not necessarily geared toward repairing leaks, like a shoe glue, depending on the size of the hole and the item you’re repairing. Whatever sealant you choose, just be sure that it’s flexible, strong and waterproof.

If you don’t use a patch, you will need duct tape to seal the hole. Just keep in mind that if the leak is on the seam of the inflatable, then duct tape and patches will not work due to the position.

Patch the Hole

Now that you’ve found the source of the leak and you’ve determined which tools you’re going to use to repair it, it’s time to patch up the hole.

Find the spot that you previously marked and generously apply the adhesive or sealant to the area. If using a patch or duct tape, make sure the piece is large enough to cover the surface area around the hole. Then, cover the hole with your patch or piece of duct tape.

Once the seal or patch has been applied, allow the area to completely dry before using the inflatable in water.

For visual, step-by-step instructions on repairing an inflatable leak, watch this short video:

Microplastics Have Reached the Deep Sea — in Monterey Bay


Plastic pollution is no longer a surface level problem. Recent discoveries have uncovered that plastics have reached the deep sea. They’ve even been discovered in the deepest natural trench in the world.

What does this tell us? The critical state of plastic pollution is worsening. Plastics are now present throughout the entire ocean. And the harmful pollutants are closer to home than we once thought.

The Monterey Bay Study

A recent study conducted in Monterey Bay off the coast of Northern California found there are far more microplastics at the bottom of the sea than there are at the surface. A team of scientists tested the Bay’s water column to see how the concentration of plastic varied from the surface to the ocean floor. They found microplastics in every sample they took, and their samples showed that the highest concentrations of microplastics were located between 650 and 1,000 feet down. That’s four times as much plastic as they found at the surface.

Monterey Bay is a deep submarine canyon ecosystem. It’s an important conservation area for marine life, and part of the migratory path for gray whales and humpback whales. It is also part of the deep pelagic zone, the largest habitat on earth. Finding so much plastic here means there could be far more plastic than we know about in deep waters all over the world. These plastics will be far more difficult to remove than plastics floating near the surface.

Researchers determined that most of the plastic they found came from land, not from fishing activity. Additionally, the majority of the microplastics were plastic #1, or PET. This is the kind of plastic that is used in single-use items such as water bottles and takeout food containers.

How You Can Help

You can take action to prevent more single-use plastics washing into the ocean. Avoid plastic packaging when possible, and invest in a reusable water bottle, reusable drinking straws and reusable food-safe containers. Refusing is the first step to reducing pollution. When you can’t refuse, recycle! Learn what plastics we accept for recycling in our Recycling Guide.

Pool Noodles Are Not Recyclable — Here’s What You Can Do With Them

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Pool noodles are made of polyethylene foam, which is difficult to recycle in most places. When you’re done with your pool noodles, don’t try to put them in your recycling. Instead, cut them in half or fold them to fit in your garbage.

If your pool noodles are still usable, consider donating them [link] or giving them to a friend or neighbor.

Or, if you’re feeling crafty, you can save your pool noodles for home projects. There are a ton of ideas for repurposing pool noodles online. To get started, check out these cool pool noodle ideas from Home Hacks, or these kids’ toys and craft ideas from Inhabitots to get started.


Los fideos de la piscina estan echos de espuma de polietileno, el cual es dificil reciclar en muchos lugares. Cuando termine de usar sus fideos de la picina, no trate de ponerlos en el reciclaje. En lugar, cortelos a la mitad o doblelos a la mitad para que pueda entrar en su basura.

Si sus fideos de picina aun son usables, considere donarlos o darselos a un amigo o vecino.

O, si te sientes astuto, puedes guardar los fideos de tu piscina para proyectos caseros. Hay un monton de ideas para reutilizar fideos de piscina en linea. Para comenzar, echa un vistazo a estas geniales ideas de fideos para piscinas de Home Hacks, o los jugetes de estos niños e ideas artesanales de Inhabitits para comenzar.

Take This Challenge to Learn How to Waste Less Food! (Video)

It’s time to waste less and enjoy more! As Americans, we waste about 25% of the food we buy. That’s like buying four bags of food at the grocery store, then dropping one in the parking lot and leaving it there.

The Too Good to Waste Challenge is a month-long program that will help you:

  • Pinpoint why good food may be going to waste in your home
  • Make easy shifts in how you shop, store and prep food
  • Reduce waste
  • Save money

Watch this video to learn how to take the challenge and cut back on food waste at home. Sign up for the Too Good to Waste Challenge here.


Es tiempo de gastar menos y disfrutar mas! Como estadounidenses, nosotros gastamos aproximadamente el 25% de la comida que compramos. Ese es como comprar cuatro bolsas de comida en la tienda, y despues tirar una en estacionamiento y dejarla ahi.

El reto llamado Demaciado Bueno Para Desperdiciarlo es un programa que dura todo un mes el cual te ayudara ha:

  • Determine por que la Buena comida puede desperdiciarse en su hogar
  • Haga cambios faciles en la forma en que compra, almacena y prepara alimentos.
  • Reducir gasto
  • Ahorrar Dinero


Mire este video para aprender como enfrentar el desafio y reducir el desperdicio de alimentos en el hogar. Inscribete en el desafio Demasiado Bueno para desperdiciarlo aqui.

Question How You Hydrate

plastic water bottle

One million single-use plastic bottles are sold every minute around the world. If this is shocking news to you, then it may be time to question how you hydrate.

Lonely Whale is on a mission to end the use of single-use plastic water bottles. Their new campaign, called Question How You Hydrate, is trying to raise awareness of our harmful, single-use plastic water bottle habit.

Plastic bottles only came into popular use in the 1990s, and now they are among the top five items found in beach cleanups around the world. They’re also likely to outlive us by hundreds of years. Considering a whopping 91% of all the plastic ever made hasn’t been recycled, that’s pretty scary.

When it comes to plastic bottles, it’s easy to choose sustainable alternatives for our drinking water. Reusable water bottles, reusable glasses, tap water, filtered water, hydration stations and aluminum canned water are all more eco-friendly choices. You can join the #HydrateLike campaign by using their hashtag to show others how you choose to hydrate. You can also pledge to stop using single-use plastic water bottles at


Question How You Hydrate follows Lonely Whale’s hugely successful campaign against plastic straws, #StopSucking. The #StopSucking campaign helped support Strawless in Seattle, and within four months, it had spurred a global movement. The viral campaign reached over 40 countries and territories. Now plastic straws are limited in California, and they have been banned in other U.S. cities and foreign countries, as well.

So how do you hydrate? Ending the use of single-use plastics starts with our individual choices and daily actions. Commit to choosing sustainable alternatives to plastic water bottles today.

Pregunta Como Te Hidratas

Un millon de botellas de plastico de un solo uso se venden por minuto en todo el mundo. Si esta es una noticia impactante para ti, entonces puede ser el momento de preguntarte como te hidratas.

Lonley Whale tiene la mission de terminar con el uso de botellas de agua de plastico de un solo uso. Su nueva campaña, llamada Pregunta como hidratar, esta tratando de aumentar la conciencia sobre nuestro habito dañino y de un solo uso de botellas de agua de plastico.

Las botellas de plastico solo entraron en uso popular en la decada de 1990, y ahora se encuentra entre los cinco elementos principales que se encuentra en la limpieza de playas en todo el mundo. Tambien es probable que nos sobrevivan cientos de años. Teniendo en cuenta que el 91% de todo el plastico qe se ha fabricado nunca se ha reciclado, da bastante miedo.

Cuando se trata de botellas de plastico, es facil elegir alternativas sostenibles para nuestra agua potable. Las botellas de agua reutilizables, el agua de grifo, la agua filtrada, las estaciones de hidratacion y el agua enlatada de aluminio son todas las opciones mas ecologicas. Puedes unirte a la campaña #HydrateLike usando su etiqueta para nostrar a otros colo eliges hidratarte. Tambien puede comprometerse a dejar de usar botellas plasticas de agua de un solo uso en

Pregunta: Como te hidratas? Sigue a la exitosa campaña de Lonley Whale contra los popotes de plastico, #Stopsucking. La campaña #StopSucking ayudo a apoyar a Stawless en Seattle, y en cuatro meses, habia estimulado un movimiento global. La campaña viral llego a mas de 40 paises y territorios. Ahora los popotes de plastico estan limitadas en California, y tambien han sido prohibidas en otras ciudades de los EE.UU y en otros paises.

Entonces, como te hidratas? Terminar el uso de plasticos de un solo uso comienza con nuestras elecciones individuales y acciones diarias. Comprometase a elegir alternativas sostenibles a las botellas plasticas de agua hoy.


The “Attenborough Effect”: How One Man Is Changing the Way We Think About Plastic

The “Attenborough Effect” is shedding light on the progress we’re making — and can continue to make — when it comes to plastic use. The term is named after David Attenborough, an English broadcaster, writer and natural historian whose work educates people about plastic and other sustainability issues.

Attenborough’s Impact on Plastic Use

Attenborough is especially well-known for his most recent work narrating Blue Planet, Planet Earth and Our Planet, and he also narrated a nine-part Life series on BBC that was released between the late 1970s and early 90s. However, the films he has worked on have done more than entertain millions worldwide. According to a new report, online searches in the UK for “plastic recycling” have doubled since Blue Planet II was released two years ago, and 53 percent of people have reported using less plastic after watching the documentary.

The Attenborough Effect is now seen as a larger global movement to reduce plastic waste. New regulations have been initiated that claim to be influenced by Attenborough’s work. The European Union, which encompasses 28 countries, recently passed a single-use plastics ban, accrediting Attenborough’s Blue Planet series as part of its motivation. Even the Queen herself has banned certain single-use plastics from the Royal estates after working with Attenborough on a conservation documentary about wildlife.

The Importance of Awareness

It’s beginning to get harder to ignore just how serious the plastic issue really is. Between the fact that over 90% of plastic has never been recycled, and so many marine animals are dying from accidentally consuming plastics in the ocean, we all need to start rethinking our daily plastic use.

Although the idea of cutting out all plastics is daunting to most of us, limiting how much plastic we use can be done in small stages. Start with the little things: Take a look at the plastics in our Recycling Guide and see if there are any items you can use less of.

As we begin to notice how prevalent plastic is in our lives, we can start to reshape our habits one decision at a time. If there’s anything that can help us turn things around, being more aware is the first step.


El “efecto Attenborough” esta arrojando luz sobre el progreso que estamos haciendo, y podemos seguir haciendo en respeto al uso de plastico. El termino lleva el nombre de David Attenborough, un locator, escritor e historiador natural en ingles cuyo trabajo es educar a gente sobre el plastico y otros temas de sostenibilidad.

El impacto de Attenborough’s en el uso de plastico

Attenborough es especialmente bien conocido por su trabajo mas reciente en la narracion de Blue Planet, Planet Earth, y Our Planet, y tambien narrow una serie de nueve partes de Life en BBC que se lanzo entre dinales de los años 70 y principios de los 90. Sin embargo, las peliculas en las que ha trabajado han echo mas que entretener a millones en todo el mundo. Segun un nuevo informe, las busquedas en linea en el Reino Unido de “reciclaje de plastico” se han duplicado desde que se lanzo Blue Planet II hace dos años, y el 53 por ciento de as personas ha informado que usa menos plastico despues de ver el documental.

El efecto Attemborough ahora se ve como un movimiento global mas grande para reducir los residuos plasticos. Se han iniciado nuevas regulaciones que afirman estar influenciadas por el trabajo de Attenborough. La Union Europea, que abarca 28 paises, recientemente aprobo una prohibicion de plasticos de un solo uso, acreditando la serie Blue Planet de Attenborough como parte de su motivacion. Inclusi la propia reina ha prohibido ciertos plasticos de un solo uso en las fincas reales despise de trabajar con Attenborough en un documental de conservaicon sobre la vida silvestre.

La importancia de la conciencia

Esta empezando a ser mas dificil ignorer cuan serio es realmente el problema del plastico. Entre el hecho de que mas de 90% del plastico nunca se ha reciclado, y tantos animals marinos se estan muriendo por consuir accidentalmente plastiicos en el oceano, todos debemos comenzar a repensar nuestro uso diario de plastico.

Aunque la idea de cortar todos los plasticos es desalentadora para la maoria de nosotros, limitar la cantidad de plastico que utilizamos se puede hacer en etapas pequeñas. Comience con las cosas pequeñas: eche un vistazo a los plasticos en nuestra Guia de reciclaje y vea si hay algun articulo que pueda usar menos.

A medida que comenzamos a notar como prevalence el plastico en nuestras vidas, podemos comenzar a reformular a nuestros habitos con una decision a la vez. Si hay algo que pueda ayudarnos a cambiar las cosas, el primer paso es ser mas consciente.