A question I get often from my clients, is “where’s the recycling??” As most of my client base comes from the environmentally-conscious SF Bay Area, where we have a bin for everything, it’s odd to people that there’s only one bin: garbage. Where’s the compost, where’s the green glass, brown glass, paper recycling?
In Lake Tahoe, Placer County has partnered with “One Big Bin” to sort through and remove recyclables from your trash bags. You do not have to divert and separate your own recycling! Your garbage is picked up by the local garbage collector, which reduces the amount of trucks on the road, then brought to processing plant. Screens sort through the garbage mechanically, then magnets are used to pull any magnetic materials from the batch. Processors are then assigned to a specific material type, and pull it from the conveyer belt manually.
State law requires cities and counties divert atleast 50% of its waste to recycling. Here in Placer County, One Big Bin has managed to divert up to 68%-72% of the waste!
Blue Bag Program
The Blue Bag program is a voluntary and simple recycling program available to Tahoe Truckee Sierra Disposal customers. It allows residents to sort through their waste themselves, and help the garbage processing along. Residents may place all dry, clean recyclable materials in a special blue plastic bag. The bag should then be placed beside your garbage can on your normal garbage service day. The recyclables in the Blue Bag will then be collected and processed at the Materials Recovery Facility located at the Eastern Regional Landfill/Transfer Station Facility (the MRF) on Cabin Creek Road in Truckee. As a reminder, the MRF sorts all materials for applicable recyclables – for more information please visit One Big Bin.
Where to Get the Blue Bags
Look for Blue Bags found locally at grocery and hardware stores (we recommend bags of 2 mil. thickness or greater). To qualify for the program, bags must be blue and sealed. Sealing is important to prevent the recyclable material from mixing with regular garbage during transport to our facility. If the contents of the bag do not qualify as recyclable material, the bag will be counted as regular garbage. Optionally, customers may take items of large size or quantity, such as cardboard, to local community recycling containers or the Material Recovery Facility.