What Is a Trash Overage Charge?

what is a trash overage charge?

Each resident is allotted one 32-gallon can of trash picked up each week. A two can service is also available for $14.82/month. An overage charge of $5.26 may be received for putting out extra trash or for blue bags that are incorrectly used.

Trash overage charges may be received if:

  1. Materials (trash or blue bags) exceed the height of your can.
  2. An extra can is used — even for blue bags!
  3. Cardboard or additional trash is left outside a can.

overfilled trash and recycling cans

How to avoid an overage charge:

  1. Only put out one trash can that is not overfilled.
  2. Only put accepted recyclables in your blue bags. Find out what’s recyclable in Truckee.
  3. Place blue bags NEXT TO your trash can, not inside.
  4. Tightly secure all blue bags.
  5. Schedule a FREE overage!

correctly filled trash can

Scheduled Overages

For those days you have more than one can of trash, schedule a FREE overage! Up to 4 times each year, each resident can put out up to 3 extra cans (96-gallons) of extra waste for collection (51 lb. weight limit per bag or can). Schedule this before your collection day through your TTSD online customer portal under “MY ACCOUNT” at waste101.com. First time users may need to contact TTSD for a customer account number and invoice number. Contact TTSD at (530) 583-7800 for questions.

schedule a free overage

 Learn more about residential trash collection. 

How to Do Takeout the Eco-Friendly Way

takeout food in single-use container

Do you love going to restaurants but hate all the waste created by takeout meals? Make it your New Year’s resolution to try some new local dishes without filling up your garbage. Here’s how:

Join the Reusable Green To-Go Box Program

Get a takeout order or bring home your leftovers in a reusable to-go box from a participating restaurant in Truckee! Participating restaurants include Red Truck, Siam Cuisine, The Station and Stella.

How It Works:

  1. Purchase your first to-go container for $5 at any participating restaurant.
  2. Rinse the box once you’ve finished eating.
  3. Bring the box back to trade for a new one with your next order at any participating restaurant. If you’re picking up a call-in order, be sure to request it in a reusable green box before they box it up for you!

More information can be found on the Reusable To-Go Container Program page.

Bring Your Own Container (BYOC)

Headed to the restaurant down the street? Before you go, check your cabinet for a clean reusable container, preferably with a lid, to take with you. Getting a drink? Bring a thermos or bottle. Restaurants around the country are starting to encourage BYOC and California just signed into law a bill, AB 619, which makes it official: As of January 2020, restaurants are legally allowed to serve food and beverages in consumer-provided reusable containers. Keep an eye out for restaurants that start to offer a discount for bringing your own container.

Bring Your Own Utensils

Eating on the run? Skip the plastic or compostable utensils and bring your own instead. That fork or spoon that doesn’t quite match any of the others in your silverware set is the perfect candidate for your zero waste take-out kit. Keep forgetting your utensils at home? Consider keeping a set in your purse, backpack or car.

Just Say “No Thanks”

When you’re ordering takeout, think ahead about the items you need and don’t need. Ordering food to take home? Skip the utensils, napkins and condiments — you probably have them at home in your kitchen. Now that you’ve cut out all the stuff you don’t need, you might even be able to skip the plastic bag you previously needed to get it all home.

Dine In

Here’s an easy one. Try eating at the restaurant instead of getting your food to-go. In general, restaurants tend to use fewer single-use products for customers dining in. Look for restaurants using reusable plates, silverware and glasses instead of disposables. And don’t forget to bring your own to-go container for the leftovers.

When you do go get takeout food, no matter how much or little waste you prevent in the process, make sure you dispose of everything correctly by looking it up in our Recycling Guide.

New Phone? Don’t Bury the Old One in a Junk Drawer — Here’s Why

Getting a new phone over the holidays? Remember to recycle your old one! It’s easy — in California, stores that sell cell phones are required to take them back for recycling. Oftentimes they’ll even give you credit towards a new device.

If you’re keeping old phones and tablets in a “junk drawer of sadness,” get those precious metals back into action! Phones contain gold, silver, copper, platinum and palladium — valuable materials that manufacturers want to reuse.

While it’s great to give your old phone a new life, never put one in your garbage or curbside recycling. Why? The lithium ion batteries can cause terrible fires in waste trucks and sorting facilities.

Find ways to recycle, donate or sell your old phone in our Recycling Guide. Find out more about why they’re so important to recycle by watching this video.

Truckee Christmas Tree Collection

christmas tree

Recycle your Christmas tree! The week of January 13 and January 17, place your Christmas tree next to your trash can for collection. Your service provider will remove the Christmas tree to be properly recycled.

Please note:

  • All lights, tinsel, ornaments and stands must be removed from the trees.
  • If your tree is longer than six feet, it must be cut in half to be collected.
  • No flocked or painted trees will be accepted.

Between December 26 and January 17, drop off your Christmas tree anytime at one of the following locations:

Tahoe Donner Clubhouse
Map & Directions

High School Soccer Fields
Map & Directions

Glenshire Clubhouse
Map & Directions

Truckee Airport (Soaring and Aviation Way- by Truckee Roundhouse & Tahoe Food Hub)
Map & Directions

Place trees inside the TTSD bins. Clean, undecorated trees only, please!

Town of Truckee Wins 2019 Silver Beacon Award

Beacon Award

The Town of Truckee has won a 2019 Silver Beacon Award!

The Beacon Program is a statewide program that honors voluntary efforts by local governments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save energy and adopt policies that promote sustainability. To win a Beacon Award, participating agencies are required to demonstrate five separate areas of progress toward sustainability. Each area, if completed successfully, is awarded with a smaller Spotlight Award.

To earn its Beacon Award, the Town of Truckee demonstrated the following:

  • 33% Community Greenhouse Gas Reductions (Platinum)
  • 12% Agency Greenhouse Gas Reductions (Gold)
  • 13% Energy Savings (Gold)
  • 6% Natural Gas Savings (Silver)
  • Gold Level Award in Sustainability Best Practices

Among all Beacon participants, Truckee demonstrated the second highest reduction in community greenhouse gases, earning a Platinum Spotlight Award in addition to its other awards.

Mayor David Tirman stated, “Receiving the Beacon Awards was an incredible honor for the Town of Truckee in recognizing our collective efforts towards environmental sustainability on a Town-wide basis. The awards help to highlight the positive impact we can have on our local environment and remind us all of the importance of continuing to build upon our progress for future generations.”

Truckee accepts Beacon awards

From left to right: Erica Manuel, Executive Director, Institute for Local Government; Kim Szczurek, Town of Truckee Administrative Services Director; David Tirman, Truckee Town Mayor; Anna Klovstad, Truckee Town Council Member; and Jeff Loux, Truckee Town Manager. 

The awards received represent the Town organization’s efforts toward sustainability through increased energy efficiency retrofits of Town facilities and new recycling and waste reduction programs. Also included are activities of other special districts within the town, such as the Truckee Donner Public Utility District (TDPUD), whose electricity is 65%+ procured from renewable sources, which accounts for many of the savings that led to receipt of these awards.

Truckee was among good company, as the other jurisdictions to receive a full Beacon Award included: Burlingame, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Cupertino, Foster City, Brisbane, Carson, El Cerrito, San Rafael and San Carlos.

Learn more about the Beacon Program or the Town of Truckee’s performance here.

For more information on Truckee’s climate-related activities, please visit: https://www.townoftruckee.com/government/community-development/climate-action-activities, or contact Nicholas Martin, nmartin@townoftruckee.com or Erica Mertens, emertens@townoftruckee.com.

How to Dispose of Amazon Packaging

amazon packaging

With the holidays around the corner, package deliveries are ramping up around the country. According to one set of numbers, during last year’s holiday rush, deliveries in the U.S. nearly doubled from an average of 45 million to 95 million packages per day.

Even without the holiday surge, online shopping generates massive amounts of packaging waste. It isn’t just cardboard anymore — over the past couple of years, Amazon has increased its reliance on lightweight plastic mailers. About half of all e-commerce transactions take place through Amazon, so how Amazon chooses to ship its products has a big impact on what ends up in our landfills.

The new plastic mailers take up less space than bulky boxes, which allows Amazon to pack more of them into delivery trucks and planes. However, plastic mailers can’t be recycled as easily as cardboard. Like plastic bags, the plastic mailers tangle up sorting machinery at recycling facilities, causing expensive delays.

How can you recycle Amazon mailers?

If the mailer is plastic on the outside with a layer bubble wrap on the inside, or if it is flexible plastic (like a plastic bag) with no layer of bubble wrap: Bring it to a plastic bag drop-off. Just remove the paper label first, since the paper and adhesive can contaminate the plastic film recycling. If you aren’t going to take it to a drop-off, toss it in the garbage.

If the mailer is paper on the outside with bubble wrap on the inside: Because it’s made of mixed materials, it can’t be recycled at all. Reuse it or toss it in the garbage.

How does plastic bag recycling drop-off work?

Certain big box stores and supermarkets put out bins for plastic bag collection near the front of their stores. Once collected, all of the plastic film is melted down and turned into materials such as composite lumber, which is used to make decks, playgrounds and park benches.

Ready to recycle those plastic mailers? Find your closest drop-off location.

How to Fix Christmas Lights

christmas lights

It’s the moment of truth every Christmas tree decorator has to face each year: When you unpack your Christmas lights, will they turn on?

If half your string of Christmas lights won’t light up, or worse yet — the entire string — don’t worry. Repairing Christmas lights is actually super easy! Watch these videos to find out how, no matter what type of lights you’re working with.

Remember: Always unplug your string lights before you start working on them! And if your string lights aren’t salvageable, here’s how to get rid of them.

How to Replace a Fuse on Any String Light (And Avoid Blowing More Fuses)

If your entire set of lights won’t turn on, or the string turns on briefly before going out, it’s likely you’ve blown a fuse. This is a super easy fix!

How to Repair Incandescent String Lights

A simple non-contact voltage tester will help you quickly find a bad bulb.

How to Repair LED String Lights With Removable Bulbs (No Fancy Tools Required)

If individual bulbs on your LED string are removable, you can use a pair of pliers to check the bulbs by hand. Because LED string lights have a different type of wiring, a regular voltage tester won’t work on them, but it doesn’t matter — broken bulbs are easy to identify when once you’ve pulled them out.

How to Repair LED String Lights With Permanent Bulbs (And a Faster Method for LED Strings With Removable Bulbs)

If you want a tool to quickly find where the current is failing, the only option currently on the market is a tool called the LED Keeper. The LED Keeper is a good tool for you if:

  • You have a lot of LED string lights to repair;
  • Your LED string lights have 100+ lights in them; or
  • The bulbs in your LED string lights are not removable.

The LED Keeper gives you a way to find and bypass any broken bulbs in your LED string.

Paper Egg Cartons Are Recyclable

paper egg carton

Paper egg cartons are recyclable!

To recycle your egg cartons, make sure they are clean and dry. If you place eggs back in the carton after cracking them, the carton is no longer recyclable due to the food residue. Food residue will contaminate the recycling process.

Paper egg cartons are a more eco-friendly choice than either plastic or foam egg cartons. Why? Not only are they recyclable, they’re also made from paper that has already been recycled. They are biodegradable, too!

Learn more about paper egg cartons.

10 Ways to Cut Pounds — of Waste! — This Thanksgiving

thanksgiving pie

Thanksgiving is around the corner, and we all know how labor-intensive preparing the big meal can be. But we’re not always aware of how much extra waste we create!

On average, household waste increases by 25 percent between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, according to the EPA. We become so busy during the holidays, it can easily become a time to think less and waste more.

This Thanksgiving, try out these tips to keep some of those extra pounds of waste out of the landfill.

1. Remember to bring your reusable bags when grocery shopping, including reusable produce bags.

2. Choose products that have minimal packaging, or packaging that can be recycled. It’s easier to avoid waste by shopping from fresh produce sections, bulk bins and farmer’s markets. Also, food cans are more eco-friendly than plastic packaging, but they aren’t as green as fresh produce brought home in a reusable produce bag.

3. At home, skip the aluminum pan and use a roasting pan instead. A roasting pan will last for a long time, and the aluminum trays getting tossed around the nation add up quickly.

4. Break out your reusable dishes and silverware for the holiday instead of using disposable plates.

5. Use cloth napkins instead of paper napkins — you’ll add elegance and reduce waste at the same time.

6. When serving beverages, opt for tap water over bottled water — you can add some lemon or cucumber slices to jazz it up. You can also make holiday beverages like apple cider, spiced wine or sangria in bulk, instead of serving individual beverage containers.

7. Avoid plastic wrap when storing leftovers by using food storage containers instead.

8. Use natural objects such as gourds, cinnamon sticks, acorns and pinecones to brighten your space instead of shopping for store-bought decor. If you’re feeling crafty, here are some additional ideas from Pinterest:

9. If you’re planning some crafts for the kiddos in your family, recruit them to help make upcycled holiday decor by cutting shapes out of old newspaper, wrapping paper or construction paper.

10. Remember to recycle! If you’re not sure if something belongs in your recycling, just look it up in our Recycling Guide!

As important as it is to reduce waste and recycle, no matter how you choose to celebrate, remember to be thankful for who you’re with and all that you have.

Happy Thanksgiving!