Alternatives to Burning

Residential Chipping Programs

Western Placer County

For chipping call 530-889-0111, ext. 3. Information on the program can be reviewed at Placer County Resource Conservation District’s websiteThis curb-side chipping program is supported in part by federal/state grants secured through a partnership of the: 

  • Placer County
  • Placer County Air Pollution Control District
  • Placer County Resource Conservation District
  • Placer County Sheriff’s Department

These grants are used to help offset and/or reduce the homeowner’s full cost of utilizing the chipper service. Cost-share rates are subject to change based on the availability of grant funding and will be set annually.

Lake Tahoe Portion of Placer County

Call 530-584-2322 or view the Defensible Space Chipping website for more information. This program is managed by the North Tahoe Fire Protection District for the Placer County portion of Lake Tahoe area, including the Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadow areas.


Composting is easy and can be done at home. Contact the U.C. Davis Master Gardeners’ Rotline at 530-889-7399 for information on how to compost.


Countywide Information

Western Placer County

These facilities help Placer County meet the State’s 50% waste reduction goal. These recycling facilities are used to sort trash and recover recyclable materials such as:

AluminumJunk MailPaperboard
GlassOffice PaperWood