Green Waste Recycling

Green Waste Reminder for Web

Green waste is a type of organic waste. 

Organic wastes produce methane, a potent greenhouse gas, when they decompose in a landfill. In Placer County, no matter how green waste is collected or even if it is self-hauled, it ends up at one of two Materials Recovery Facilities (MRFs) where it is separated from garbage, then chipped for use as mulch or compost. This preserves room in the landfill and reduces methane production. 

Additionally, mulch and compost have beneficial qualities such as adding nutrients to soil and increasing soil’s water-holding capacity.


Self-Haul Locations:

Western Placer Waste Management Authority (fees apply)
3195 Athens Avenue, Lincoln, CA
916-543-3960 |
Monday–Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Weekends 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Auburn Transfer Station (fees apply)
12305 Shale Ridge Road, Auburn, CA
Open daily 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Foresthill Transfer Station (Franchise Area 4—Foresthill Fee Area residents)
6699 Patton Road, Foresthill, CA
Friday–Monday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.                                     
Closed for lunch 11:30–12                                             

Meadow Vista Transfer Station (fees apply)
2950 Combie Road, Meadow Vista, CA
Friday–Monday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Closed for lunch 12–1 Friday–Monday

Waste Hauler for Western Placer County:

Recology Auburn Placer
12305 Shale Ridge Road, Auburn, CA
Services for Rocklin, Auburn, Colfax, Loomis, and unincorporated Placer County

Yard Waste Bins/Debris Boxes
Curbside pickup in some areas—contact Recology for cost/availability


Self-Haul Location:

Eastern Regional Material Recovery Facility (fees apply)
900 Cabin Creek Road (between Truckee and Squaw Valley), Truckee, CA
Phone: 530-583-7800 |
Monday–Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Visit website for summer hours

Free Green Waste Drop-Off (Punchcard)

  • 6 CY/season (May 1–Oct 31)
  • ID & proof of Placer County residency required
  • Fees apply to more than 6 CY

Waste Hauler for Eastern Placer County:

Tahoe Truckee Sierra Disposal
645 Westlake Blvd, Suite 5, Tahoe City, CA
Phone: (530) 583-7800
Services for areas east of Colfax

Green Waste Dumpster Rental

  • 6 CY low-cost bin (May 1–Oct 31)