Placer County joins regional Clean Tahoe partnership for increased trash service
Placer County is partnering in North Lake Tahoe’s garbage field and is joining neighboring jurisdictions as a nonprofit Clean Tahoe Initiative to increase garbage collection and trash collection in the Lake Tahoe Basin.
“Through observation and feedback from the community over the past year, it has become very clear that we need all hands on deck to address the litter problem at the regional level,” said Cindy Gustafson, District 5 director. “Although this is one of many programs that our district has implemented, the cross-state and judicial cooperation of this program is really unique. “
While searching for trash and garbage in the area, the county found that other jurisdictions were experiencing similar issues including the Incline Village area of Washoe County, the Incline Village General Improvement District, the California State Parks, the California Tahoe Conservancy, the Town of Truckee and the Nevada Department of Transportation. These agencies attempted to implement similar services as Placer County, resulting in a proposed joint memorandum of understanding reminding each jurisdiction of financial commitment to Clean Tahoe.
Clean Tahoe offers a variety of services including waste disposal and transportation services, voluntary waste collection programs, and more. The company already operates in South Lake Tahoe, which made the program a natural choice to complement its numerous county-level efforts. This service is offered in addition to the regular garbage services by Tahoe Truckee Sierra Disposal.
Placer’s $ 150,000 12-month contract with Clean Tahoe begins June 1. On March 9, under the approval of the Tahoe Tourism Business Improvement District, the board approved the allocation of $ 1,105,000 in tax revenue for temporary occupancy to implement projects and services recommended by the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association. These recommendations included expanded garbage and garbage services from summer 2021, such as the Clean Tahoe program.
The overabundance of garbage has become a growing public, health hazard and wildlife safety issue. Overflowing dumpsters have caused wind-blown litter to attract wildlife, including bears, and create unsafe interactions with wildlife in the North Tahoe area. Public bins and commercial bins have become the drop-off points for garbage from areas without adequate disposal services, increasing garbage concerns in Tahoe.
The challenges of avoiding litter in outdoor destinations across the country will increase during the pandemic. Placer County has worked on short-term and long-term solutions and has regularly consulted with local agencies and business associations to discuss strategies and implement solutions. Over the past year, Placer County has increased its garbage service, updated its current garbage service requirements, added additional bins, and posted signage to raise awareness of the issue. The county also has a bear crate incentive program, as well as an on-demand large item pick-up service managed by Tahoe Truckee Sierra Disposal.
Source: Placer County